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Say Anything: John Cusack to play Rush Limbaugh in upcoming film

John Cusack receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California.
John Cusack receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Hollywood heartthrob John Cusack is set to portray radio firebrand Rush Limbaugh in a film about the controversial conservative, according to the actor's production company.

Betty Thomas is tapped to direct. She helmed "Private Parts", the well-received film about another shock jock, Howard Stern, which starred the King of All Media.

Limbaugh has been a mainstay on afternoon AM radio for decades in a colorful career that had as many highlights as lowlights.  In 1995, the staunch Republican, when talking to his audience about drug abusers said authorities should "find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them and send them up the river." In October of 2003  he admitted to being addicted to prescription pain medications.

But most recently Limbaugh called a female Georgetown law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" after she testified to Democrats in Congress that health plans should pay for birth control.

Cusack is no stranger to politics. The Chicago native attended Barack Obama's 2008 inauguration, but he has criticized the president over his military and civil liberties policies.

Cusack's New Crime Productions is using the working title "Rush" for the film, however that name seems problematic as that is the title of a forthcoming biopic of Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda directed by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth ("Thor") and Olivia Wild ("Tron"). It was also the title of the 1991 Golden Globe nominated drug film starring Jason Patric, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Sam Elliott.

Production is set for next year, Thomas told the Associated Press.

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