Justin Long, the Mac guy, wins my good sport award for participating in the inaugural Off the Cuff with Peter Travers Show. Taking place in my office at Rolling Stone, the series is meant as a chance to chat with actors and filmmakers about everything but their current movie. No plugs allowed. I did allow a quick shout-out to Long’s new movie, Drag Me To Hell, because director Sam Raimi did a hell of a job with the scares and Long brought a sly, witty charm to a role he aptly describes as “the girlfriend.” Long’s costar Alison Lohman is the one who gets slimed (maybe next time, Justin).
Anyway, I teased Long unmercifully, about everything from critics who hate his movies to his off-and-on relationship with Drew Barrymore. I even threatened his meal ticket by telling him my office Mac froze just as I was calling up his Google entry. Long picked up fast on the joke and gave better than he got. His mimicry of all four Beatles is spot on. Let me know if you like the concept, and who’d you like to see next on the hot seat. This photo shows Long doing something nasty with the V for Vendetta mask I keep in my office. He earned the privilege.