John Cusack Was Asked By Steve Jobs To Star In The First iPod Commercial



High Fidelity, Say Anything and Brat Pack star John Cusack not only met with Steve Jobs to discuss starring in the very first iPod commercial, he got to play around with an early iPod prototype and got an early look at the iPod and iTunes rollout plan, according to a new interview.

The IFP reports:

“When I did [High Fidelity] in 2000, I got a call saying, ‘Steve Jobs wants to talk to you.’

“He flew me down (from his home in Chicago to Apple HQ in Cupertino, Calif.) and said he wanted me to do a commercial for this new iPod and play the High Fidelity character (a record store manager).

“And I just said, ‘I don’t want to do a commercial.’ But now that I think about it, if I was ever to do a commercial that should have been the one. It was so cool that he was a fan of the movie. But here’s the thing. He showed me the template, their rollout plans, iTunes before it was out — and I still didn’t buy Apple stock! That’s how stupid I am.”

Steve had good taste in movies: High Fidelity‘s just great.

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