Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Interviews Actor John Cusack. Obviously
Yep, definitely another one to file under “Wait, what?!”
Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor interviewed actor John Cusack ahead of the latter’s new film ‘Raven’, based on the life of esteemed American author and poet, Edgar Allan Poe. The interview took place as part of a new ‘Rogue On Rogue’ series, and some tasty snippets can be found below…
Corey Taylor: Well, I thought the movie was amazing. I truly enjoyed it. Thank you for letting me watch it! I really dug it.
John Cusack: That’s great. Thank you so much!
Corey Taylor: There’s a parallel between something like the murders in the film and things that have happened in heavy metal over the years where the music is blamed for inciting violence. Someone’s fiction and work is taken and twisted in such a weird way. You played that so beautifully in the movie, John. When they first tell Poe something he’s written is the impetus for a murder, I could totally relate to the look on your face. I thought you did that really well.
John Cusack: Thank you! Then Poe says, “If I’d have known my work would have such a morbid effect on people, I would’ve devoted more time to eroticism” [Laughs].
Corey Taylor: Exactly! I loved that line.
John Cusack: I think there’s another way to look at it too. The reason people respond so much to artists who write about channeling any of the darker, more shadowy forces out there—or those things in us—is probably because they don’t feel a sense of authenticity in their lives. They know for sure the world around them is unauthentic. They know that all of the people pretending they don’t have all of these feelings are full of shit. When you see a guy like Poe or a modern rock ‘n’ roll equivalent like Kurt Cobain, there’s a really natural desire. Here are these angry, isolated depressed searchers who are shunning themselves from the entire world and they’re placed on pedestals like patron saints. I think it’s because people realize we all have a shadow and dark side, and it’s healthier to explore it than it is to deny it. Most sickness comes from denying the shadow. It doesn’t come from experiencing it or experiencing what you really feel underneath it. I think Poe was an explorer that way and a lot of artists are. It’s tricky stuff because people can use it the wrong way, but I think repression of these feelings is far more dangerous than the actual expression. I’ve always felt that. Then again, I’ve never been in that situation where I’ve had a direct relationship to it.
Corey Taylor: It’s heavy. At the end of the day, I couldn’t agree more. To hold that stuff down, it’s like a blocked pipe. Something bad is going to happen if you don’t clear that out.
John Cusack: No doubt.
Corey Taylor: For me, it’s always better to write it down and let it loose so I can come back and feel normal. When you repress that stuff and never give it a voice, it ends up coming out unconsciously. It can be devastating in a lot of ways.
John Cusack: I think that’s right. The other thing is—as a songwriter I’m sure and sometimes for me as an actor and writer—Poe was using the language of the subconscious. If you think about it, your dreams are violent, perverse, jagged, and brutal. Maybe they can be sexual. Maybe they can be confusing. They can be all of these things, but that’s what happens in your dreams. You’re unconscious. Poe was using that language. A lot of other people do too. What’s down there beneath the surface in the underworld is valuable, but we don’t know how to interpret what those symbols or conflicting images of our subconscious are supposed to mean. It’s part of what makes us human. It’s part of what makes us alive. It’s not the light and the exclusion of the dark. It’s the synthesis of the two that makes us human and gives us all of our creativity, power, and vision. Nobody has got any vision who hasn’t peered into the abyss. I’m sorry. I haven’t met anybody who does.
Corey Taylor: That’s very true.
Corey Taylor plays Download festival this June.
We’ll also be getting a new Stone Sour album later this year through Roadrunner, with Corey recently suggesting that the album is currently sounding like a mashup of Alice In Chains and Pink Floyd. Big words. We’ll just have to wait and see….