Never Too Big for Canned Beer
Success hasn't spoiled John Cusack. We're told he's been hanging out at Elm Street Liquors in Chicago, one of those you-only-know-it-if-you're-cool bars that has no sign. "The first night he was in, one of my doormen came to tell me John Cusack was here," says owner Matt Eisler. "I noticed our bar getting expensive bottle service ready so I assumed that was his party. I walked out to check things out, and I saw the party doing bottle service and didn't see him anywhere." When Eisler headed toward the front door to get some air, he bumped into a man wearing a black Chicago White Sox baseball cap pulled down over his eyes. "I looked up and it was John carrying six cans of our cheapest beer," Eisler says. "I naturally assumed he was doing something over the top, but really he was hanging out and drinking canned beer with his friends." Eisler tells us Cusack is very nice to the staff. "Everyone treats him normally. He typically just stands at the end of the bar and orders canned beer and blends in." Next up for Cusack: The Ice Harvest, with Billy Bob Thornton, due next year.
Her 15 Minutes
When 60 Minutes' Ed Bradley visited Nashville recently to interview country star Gretchen Wilson about her trailer-park-to-riches life story, the "Redneck Woman" singer took him to one of her favorite haunts, a honky-tonk bar called Tootsie's Orchid Lounge. "He interviewed her out front for a minute and then he interviewed her for a few minutes at the bar," says Tootsie's manager John Taylor. "Then they walked through the famous back door and talked about how (other) famous stars (such as Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline) had been here. Then they walked the 37 magic steps over to the Ryman (Auditorium, original home of the Grand Ole Opry), where all the other stars have been." Bradley and Wilson also visited bars where she used to sing near her hometown of Pocahontas, Ill., about 35 miles outside St. Louis. Wilson's segment is set to air on the CBS newsmagazine show Nov. 7.
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