Cusack criticized President Barack Obama 's administration for its drone policy in the Middle East and its support of the National Defense Authorization Act , and became one of the initial supporters of the Freedom of the Press Foundation in 2012. In June 2015, he stated in an interview with The Daily Beast that "when you talk about drones, the American Empire, the NSA, civil liberties, attacks on journalism and whistleblowers, [Obama] is as bad or worse than Bush".  However, he later scolded the publication for misquoting him in order to make an interesting headline.  
Moving on to Broadway, Malkovich appeared with Dustin Hoffman in the 1984 revival of "Death of a Salesman," and during that same year, he made his film debut in "Places in the Heart," for which he earned an Academy Award nomination. He also appeared in "The Killing Fields," in 1984. The candid and often caustic Malkovich was a natural at portraying evil characters, and he appeared in numerous film roles during the 1980s and 1990s, including "The Glass Menagerie," 1987, "Dangerous Liaisons," 1988, "In the Line of Fire," 1993, and "Con Air," 1997. The most unusual film during his prolific career was "Being John Malkovich," 1999, when he played himself.
Every once in a long, long while a movie comes along that is like no other. A movie that creates a new world for us and uses it to produce wonderful things. " Forrest Gump " was a movie like that, and so in their different ways were "MASH," "This Is Spinal Tap" (1985), " After Hours ," " Babe " and " There's Something About Mary ." What do such films have in common? Nothing. That's the point. Each one stakes out a completely new place and colonizes it with limitless imagination. Either "Being John Malkovich" gets nominated for best picture, or the members of the Academy need portals into their brains.