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The Morning GIF: Say anything

John Cusack shows Peter Gabriel how it's done.


Lorraine Murphy


Posted on Oct 9, 2012   Updated on Jun 2, 2021, 9:47 am CDT

Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.

Lloyd Dobler lives!

It was an iconic moment for Generation X on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Hollywood Bowl when John Cusack met Peter Gabriel. Reprising his role as romantic loser-hero Lloyd Dobler from 1989’s classic romcom Say Anything, Cusack took to the stage as Gabriel was just beginning his song “In Your Eyes,” and presented him with a boom box and a deep bow. In the movie, of course, Dobler wins back his true love by standing outside her window serenading her with the help of a boom box and that particular Peter Gabriel hit.

Well, who wouldn’t fall for that?

The audience was, predictably, delighted. We’re just glad Cusack didn’t pull this at a Clash concert, seeing as his Grosse Pointe Blank character, the assassin Martin Blank, is somewhat less genial than the lovable Dobler.

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*First Published: Oct 9, 2012, 9:03 am CDT