The ‘unforgettable’ time that ‘Mighty Mouse’ made a huge impact on me as a child
Today, the film Mighty Mouse, starring John Cusack, stars John Cuzack as a teenage boy who spends his summer at his grandparents’ home in the Bronx.
At the end of the film, his grandfather is arrested for murder and he is sentenced to prison.
In prison, he meets and falls in love with a girl named Alice, played by Amy Poehler.
It’s the beginning of a very memorable friendship and life-changing experience for the young actor.
Cuzack is a star of sorts, with his own films including 2010’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E., his breakout role as a cop in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things, and a starring role in the upcoming James Bond movie Quantum of Solace.
He also appeared in the 2014 film The Lego Movie.
It’s easy to understand why the film would appeal to a child.
The film is about a young man who falls in with the wrong crowd and is thrown into prison for murder.
“It was very different than most movies I’ve done,” Cuzacks grandson, Scott, tells ABC News.
For Cuzacking, who was only 17 when he made the film at the time, it was a life-affirming experience.
“My grandfather made me feel like I had something to contribute,” Cusacks grandson says.
The movie, which is set in a 1950s New York City apartment, tells the story of a teenager who falls for a woman named Alice.
The young man’s grandfather is a cop who investigates a murder and ends up in prison.
That summer, Cuzacker and Poehler, then 18, go to live with his grandparents, where they meet Alice and learn more about the murder case.
After his grandfather dies, Cusackers grandfather goes on to serve a life sentence for the murder of a police officer, which led to Alice’s arrest.
She’s put in prison for the remainder of her life.
In the film’s opening scene, Czack and Poehl are standing in the front yard of their home in a black turtleneck.
The pair has a close relationship and they share the love of the house, Cizack says.
“I grew up with that house.
We’re just the closest family, and we’ve been in this house for more than 30 years,” Czacks says.
“We just want to be a part of this, and hopefully one day be a father figure to our children.”
At first, Czeck and Poehls weren’t sure what to expect from the film.
“It felt like an experiment to see if we could make something that we weren’t used to,” Poehl says.
Cuzacks grandfather is played by Cuzick.
Although it’s been 30 years since the movie, the two still talk about it often.
“The only thing I can remember is that it was really special to me as an actor,” Czech says.
For Czacker, it’s not just the movie that helped shape his life.
“It’s what it taught me about life,” he says.
As a kid, Czeszack had dreams about becoming a lawyer.
But that dream became a reality when he met his girlfriend in college.
Czeszeszacks career took off, and he went on to win a fellowship to study for the law degree.
That’s when Czacking decided to become a father.
“When I was a little kid, I had all these dreams about being a lawyer,” Czesers granddaughter, Michelle, says.
“[But] I’ve always been an actor and I’ve never been one of those guys that is always doing something, you know?”