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Actor John Malkovich takes your questions

June 16th, 2011
10:39 AM ET

U.S. actor John Malkovich has accrued almost cult-like status in Hollywood for his ability to play the villain.

From the lecherous Vicomte de Valmont in "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988), to the psychotic, would-be assassin in "In the Line of Fire" (1993) and the plane hijacker in "Con Air" (1997), some of Malkovich's biggest roles have been as the 'bad guy'.

Perhaps his most famous role to date is as himself in "Being John Malkovich": a surreal film in which a puppeteer finds a passage into his mind.

Malkovich is also a successful writer, producer and director – for film and theatre.

This summer, he will be taking time out of Hollywood to tour with the play "The Infernal Comedy", in which he appears dead serial killer.

He'll also pick up a lifetime achievement award at the Munich International Film Festival, promote his latest film, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon",and make his debut at the Edinburgh Festival, directing a play celebrating the work of the British playwright Harold Pinter.

 What would you like to ask John Malkovich? Post your questions below.

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  1. tamara

    hi John, i really enjoyed your role in RED with Bruce... it was quite hilarious

    June 16, 2011 at 11:14 am | Reply
  2. Samson peter massawe

    We wish u the best of luck in your life bcause we really like ua movies. From tanzanian citzen

    June 16, 2011 at 11:39 am | Reply
  3. JC Authom

    Hi John. My wife is in love with you and does not miss any of your films. I hate you ;o))) .
    Have you ever heard the french dubbing of your voice? It's amazing...

    JC from Belgium

    June 16, 2011 at 11:41 am | Reply
  4. Sir bright

    How can i get a copy of ur comedy coming soon?

    June 16, 2011 at 11:54 am | Reply
  5. Kelvin Hawkins

    Hey John,..I really adore u!!your movies are hilarious especially Con Air & RED, tz 1 of ma favourite!!wsh I could act with you for sure

    June 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Reply
  6. catherine

    luvd u in conair!

    June 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Reply
  7. Lorraine

    Good morning John, I enjoy your body of work very much. My questions are what other parts have you always wanted to play? Who are some of the other actors you would love to work with? I once read that you enjoy flea markets, which other countries do you like to visit and go shopping in? Thanks and have a great day..:)

    June 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  8. osei owusu

    Hi john you are too much any secret to your success you want share the world

    June 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  9. alabi alabi

    Hi john u are a wonderful man.

    June 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  10. DarkJourneyTheMovie

    Your cameo as God in George Clooney's coffee adverts is brilliant! Have you ever thought of playing 'the man upstairs' in a feature length comedy?

    June 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  11. Garamasala

    John, since youre a sick zionist, can you tell me why you think palestinians dont have the right to live on their own land have their land stolen by zionists like yourself?

    June 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  12. I Feel the Same

    During the past week, one of the tabloid newspapers in the Czech Republic had a quote from you in large type on its cover.

    I'll translate:

    "Malkovich says, "I'll murder the Czechs who robbed me".

    Is the quote true?

    June 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  13. Saads Khan

    Good day, Mr. Malkovich. I am a huge fan of your work and for me, the best role you have played is the lead in 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' and 'Of Mice and Men' with Gary Sinise. You were your funniest in 'Burn After Reading'. What are your thoughts on the the film industry's obsession with 3D movies? And who is your favourite actor?
    Saads from Trinidad, West Indies

    June 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  14. Susy

    If great actors (which I believe you are) in profound performances no longer project the character that they are playing but become the character, then how do you process or integrate the villains or the psychologically aberrant characters you have played? Thank you so much for all of your wonderful contributions!

    June 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  15. John

    Porquoi est-ce que vous avez un relatioin avec la france?

    Alors, vous parlez bien francais.

    June 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  16. MP Cat

    Hi John, here are my questions:
    If you were an animal, WHAT ANIMAL ARE YOU?
    If you were a fruit/food, WHAT FRUIT ARE YOU?
    What would you rather be, A TREE or a BIRD? Why?
    If you were in front of a MIRROR, What would you tell yourself?

    Love you, JOHN, You are wickedly brilliant!

    Marilet Cat
    Manila, Philippines

    June 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  17. Houellebecq

    Bonjour M. Malkovich,

    Manquez-vous la France?

    June 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  18. escote

    Chicago. Steppenwolf. Ever go back?

    June 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  19. Terminal Phase

    Hi John, my question is – when are you going to visit the Philippines and make a movie there?

    June 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  20. Roger

    Hi John,
    I am from China, I am a big fan of you,
    BTW, i think you look like the 'Andrea Pirlo'(Italian football player)

    June 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  21. sunday Akinbobola

    Hi. mr johnny i like you so much, how you realy a bad guy. well you are still my best actor. sunny from Nigeria

    June 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  22. Susan

    Dear Mr. Malkovich,
    You are a very talented actor and I enjoy your range of films you have contributed to, my favorite being RED! I have also had the opportunity to enjoy something else you have a hand in: Bica do Sapato in Lisbon, Portugal. All the best!
    Susan

    June 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  23. Susan

    Dear Mr. Malkovich,
    Would you be willing to help out a local Portuguese charity with a Tombola item (possibly a gift certificate to Bica do Sapato or even better dinner with you at Bica do Sapato). This would be an amazing item for a Silent Auction, one that would definitely generate alot of interest and revenue for the charity.
    Please give it some thought,
    Susan

    June 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  24. jon greger

    John, What are your fondest memories of EIU? Jon Greger Class of 1983.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  25. marines

    hi John sorry for the trust to treat you as if I knew you as a friend is because i saw to many movies from you and i believe in everything you transmits as actor in the characters you chooses in each movie
    let me tell you that in Argentina would have much material on real-life stories for your characters. I hope you can visit us someday first you should ask those who can give you the advice about us here we go!! al pacino matt demon Robert Duvall John Cusack
    as you see I'm giving many real reasons to come to Argentina

    June 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  26. Tony Clifton

    Hi John, love your work.
    Are there any movies or plays (which you did not star in) that you would have liked to have played a role in. If so, what character and why. Thanks.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Reply
  27. Ann

    How old are you

    June 16, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  28. Uli

    Hello great John Malkovich.What can I do to meet and see you face to face?

    June 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  29. moveebuff

    I just watched a documentary on how American Express, Microsoft and Blue Shield/ blue cross has screwed Americans out of their jobs and replaced them with workers from India (cheap labor). Redmond Washington has become litle India while Americans have had to sell their homes, lost health care and many of them are in their 50's and the job prospect are dismal. Would you care to comment on this?

    The documentary was done by Dan Rather....very scary indeed!

    June 16, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  30. Renata

    Hello,will you start any kind of festival in Croatia..?or something else on croatian coast?Thank you

    June 16, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  31. S Azam

    i know you are a right model or actor in a drama or show, do you think you are a role model of life

    June 17, 2011 at 2:24 am | Reply
  32. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello John Malkovich and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from John Malkovich on the following questions:

    – How will protect the citizens, especially people in traffic, against bombs, collapse buildings and Robot-fights in Transformers: Dark of the Moon?
    President Barack Obama or Protect(R)obots?

    – What can we expect from you in 2011 and beyond?

    I am awaiting John Malkovich’s replies.

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Nativity country: Suriname

    June 20, 2011 at 12:04 am | Reply
  33. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello John Malkovich and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from John Malkovich on the following questions:

    – Who will protect the citizens, especially people in traffic, against bombs, collapse buildings and Robot-fights in Transformers: Dark of the Moon?
    President Barack Obama or Protect(R)obots?

    – What can we expect from you in 2011 and beyond?

    I am awaiting John Malkovich’s replies.

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Nativity country: Suriname

    June 20, 2011 at 12:06 am | Reply
  34. jill

    Hi John, I am such a Huge Fan of yours!!!!! So what are the odds that you are going to do a sequel to Rounders? Also of all the people, actors and the like that go on Inside the Actor's Studio, you are the one i'm dying to see be on that show! I really love your movies and I think you're a Brilliant Actor! I am very curious to know your thought processes on films and would love to hear your answers to the questionairre at the end, especially your favorite curse word!

    Thanks,

    jill

    June 20, 2011 at 3:51 am | Reply
  35. Rufina

    Dear John,

    Just came back from London where I went specifically to watch Infernal Comedy in Barbican Center and the performance was absolutely amazing..My question is: how much of your acting is rehearsal and how much is improvisation? Is rehearsing a big part of the creative process? Thank you.

    Rufina, Moscow, Russia

    June 20, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Reply

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