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John Cusack slams Hollywood's ageism: 'It's almost like kiddie porn'

"I got another 15, 20 years before they say I’m old. For women it’s brutal," Cusack said.

By Veronica Linares
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John Cusack slams Hollywood's ageism: 'It's almost like kiddie porn'
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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- John Cusack opened up about the dark side of Hollywood while detailing his upcoming film about a family chasing celebrity, Map to the Stars.

Cusack, 48, plays Dr. Stafford Weiss -- a Hollywood psychotherapist famous for his self-help books -- in the drama about western civilization's obsession with celebrity. The actor told British newspaper The Guardian that the film provides a real-life account of all the discrimination taking place in Hollywood.

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"I got another 15, 20 years before they say I'm old. For women it's brutal," Cusack said. "[Writer Bruce Wagner's] thing about if you're 26, you're menopausal? It's only absurd because it's a little bit further than the truth."

"I have actress friends who are being put out to pasture at 29. They just want to open up another can of hot 22. It's becoming almost like kiddie porn. It's [expletive]ing weird."

Cusack goes on to say things haven't always been this way. He reminisced about the time he was a just a newcomer in the business and how "people would look after you when I was a kid."

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"There were good people in the business. When I came to LA Rob Reiner said: 'Come stay at my house.' He taught me. I worked with Pacino [in 1996 crime drama City Hall]. Pacino would talk to you and mentor you," he recounts. "Now it's different. The culture just eats young actors up and spits them out. It's a hard thing to survive without finding safe harbour."

The actor went on to call Hollywood a "whorehouse" where actors are used as leverage in franchise films produced by big corporations and praised his Maps co-star Robert Pattinson for attempting to escape the fate that awaited him after he finished filming the Twilight films.

"I think it's very wise -- and speaks highly of Robert that he's formed a thing with David [Cronenberg]" he said. "He can try to be good and have a space where he's not just this product that's going to be followed around by TMZ. That speaks to the healthier instincts of the guy. I don't know if there's that space for other people."

Maps to the Stars also stars Julianne Moore and Mia Wasikowska and is set for a 2015 release.

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