The moment John Cusack thrust that boombox over his head in efforts to win back his love in Say Anything, he became a romantic icon. Women everywhere plastered his face onto their walls and rom-com moviemakers realized that Lloyd Dobler (or the man who embodied him) was a serious cash cow.
That, on the other hand, doesn't mean that one should allow one of their definitive roles to define them for good. Remember when Roger Ebert called Serendipity one of the best films of the decade? Of course you don't. That's because he hated it, dubbing it "temporary insanity" on Cusack's part and adding that "it bounces them through so many amazing coincidences and serendipitous parallels and cosmic concordances that fate is not merely knocking on the door, it has entered with a SWAT team and is banging their heads together and administering poppers."
Sure, being a rom-com Romeo has its benefits ($274 million of them for Cusack, according to reports), but a string of fluffy flicks isn't what you want to be associated with when you've got awesome projects under your belt like Grosse Pointe Blank and High Fidelity that showcase cooler, quirkier sides. Our advice? Continue to combat one-dimensionality by putting as much distance between himself and Must Love Dogs-esque flicks as possible.