Being John Malkovich Easter Egg - Gary Sinise

Towards the end of the movie when the aging John invites Charlie to come with him, he mentions how Charlie's wife & others can come, too, "Maybe even Gary Sinise." Sinise was the prime mover behind the Steppenwolf Theater Company, which Malkovich also helped found.

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Jack writes:
Gary Sinise not only starred in "Of Mice and Men," but he directed it too.
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lindseylou writes:
Funny that all of you should comment on this. I noticed it too. Actually, throughout the first of the movie I was trying to figure out where I'd seen John Malkovich. Then someone said, "hey i loved you when you played that retarded guy" or something to that effect. Well, when that guy took over Malkovich's body and he started talking different, i remembered that he was in of Mice and Men. I made the comment "oh yeah, that movie with Gary Senise." lo and behold, his name was mentioned later on.
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PJ Largo writes:
"Of Mice and Men" was on the big screen. FYI- Gary Sinise was nominated for the Golden Palm Award at the Cannes Film Festival, for his role in "Of Mice and Men".
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jeny_lyn writes:
Actually, Steppenwolf was founded by Sinise, Terry Kinney and Jeff Perry but the Great Malkovich is an ensemble member.
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cheripye writes:
John Cusack grew up in the Chicago area (Evanston)where Steppenwolf is located. I believe he was also a Steppenwolf member for a while. Possibly too his sister Joan.
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gantrep writes:
actually somebody does say something about him playing a retard.
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Dave writes:
In the documentary that John is watching near the end of the movie Gary Sinise appears above John in the photo of the Steppenwolf Theater Company photo.
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Galactus writes:
Dude--If you're going to "correct" someone, at least be right. It's not Gary "Sinse," it's "Sinise." S-i-n-i-s-e. Geez.
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John and Gary did a great great screen rendition of "Lennie and George" in John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men". I think that it was a television movie back before Gump for Sinise.
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oswald writes:
Not to mention their unbelievable work in Sam Shepard's "True West." Definitely rent this one if you can find it!
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First of all, Steppenwolf is located in Chicago. It began as nine ensemble members performing out of a church basement in Highland Park, IL. John and Joan Cusack were never members, although John Cusack and Malkovich have done three movies together. Charlie Kaufman (the screenwriter) always had Malkovich as the first choice for the movie. If he had refused, it would have been Being Steve Bucsemi. Gary Sinise didn't even know that a movie was being made about Makovich until someone mentioned it to him in an interview.
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pawils writes:
The cab driver does ask him about the jewel thief role, but at the restaurant another person commends him on the "retard" performance. Lindseylou is correct.
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Trinka writes:
Yes! Yes! Yes! I saw them all coming! If memory serves me correctly didn't Malkovich come too?
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Jeremy writes:
Another reason sinise is mentioned is because the movie was originally going to be "being Gary Sinise". Sinise passed, so it was changed to malkovich.
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Wakingoogah writes:
Actually, the cab driver said, "Didn't you play a jewel thief?". Maybe your subconscious told you that.
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