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Mask. Cape. Birkenstocks?

So yesterday I wrote about my new birkenstock t-shirt … and I bet you were thrilled with it. Ahem. Well today I’m keeping with the birkies theme, but I’m adding a bit of Hollywood glamour to it.

No, seriously.

You see I was recently reading a copy of Empire Magazine – the film monthly – when there was an article on the classic 90’s romp, Con Air.

For those of you who need a reminder what it’s about, have a look at this.

Did you watch it?

They don’t make movies like that anymore do they.

Sure, it’s bollocks, but it’s absolutely amazing bollocks.

Hmmmmm, that doesn’t look so good written down, does it. Oops.

“So where’s the birkenstock reference”, I hear no one cry.

Well, in the article, they talk about how John Cusack – one of the movies stars – was a bit of a dick on set.

Apparently he didn’t really want to do the movie but – having resigned himself to having to do it – he decided to throw his star power around.

This is how he did it …

Have you read it?

Have you?


Well if you have, you’ll know that he insisted on his character wearing Birkenstocks.

Yes, bloody birkies!

Apparently his rationale was …

“I want to be the very first action hero who wears Birkenstocks. Charlton Heston wore sandals and he kicked ass. I wanna do the same”.

Amazing eh?

But even more amazing than that is that we now can understand why John Cusack’s career went the same way as MH370.

Which also explains why I ended up in advertising which, a friend of mine recently called, The MH370 of careers.

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What a ridiculous story but then Con Air was a ridiculous film.

Comment by Lee Hill

Yep it was and I miss that ridiculousness massively.

Might explain why I loved the recent movie War Dogs so much, especially as it was based on truth.


Comment by Rob

fuck, i like a film you like. ill be watching fucking real housewives next. then ill kill myself. and you for making me want to kill myself.

Comment by andy@cynic

How have I not heard of this film? It looks great.

Comment by DH

“I want to be the very first action hero who wears Birkenstocks. Charlton Heston wore sandals and he kicked ass. I wanna do the same”.

He failed because you can’t beat impossible.

Comment by DH

like a planner trying to not be a fucking dick.

Comment by andy@cynic

The lesson here is birkenstocks kill careers. You just wait Rob.

Comment by DH

like waiting to die in fucking bournemouth.

Comment by andy@cynic

What’s bournemouth?

Comment by Billy Whizz

florida without the sun.

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Comment by George

In that case, I’m Birkenstock’s kryptonite.

At least so far.

Comment by Rob

i used to like cusack. not anyfuckingmore.

Comment by andy@cynic

Are you saying con air wasn’t a doc?

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Comment by andy@cynic

This has made me want to watch the movie again.

Comment by George

Me too and thanks to paternity leave benefits, I’ll watch it today.

Comment by Pete

We have a long weekend starting tomorrow … guess what I’ll be doing. Bet Jill will be so happy about that, especially as it’s our wedding anniversary, ha.

Comment by Rob

if it means she doesnt have to deal with you shell fucking love it.

Comment by andy@cynic

Two consecutive posts about your Burning Man costume is more than enough.

Comment by John

Charlton Heston: “”I’ll give you my sandals when you pry them from my cold, dead feet”.

Comment by Ian Gee

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