John Cusack went from actor to intrepid reporter, live-tweeting from the Chicago protest on Saturday and even getting attacked by an aggressive police officer.
The "Grosse Pointe Blank" star joined thousands of others in the Windy City over the weekend to protest the death of George Floyd. As the day began, he mainly shared videos and photos of what he was seeing.
At one point he noted that he was "hit by pepper spray."
Shortly before 11 pm — after Chicago's curfew went into effect — John tweeted a short video of a car on fire.
Moments later, he posted a chaotic video in which a police officer can be heard yelling at him.
"Cops didn't like me filming the burning car so they came at me with batons. Hitting my bike," he captioned the video. He later posted a video of the officers who, as he put it, "gently tuned up my bike with their batons."
Like in other cities, John noted that many of the protesters chanted George Floyd's name throughout the day. There was also profane language often being hurled at police.
John's videos showed tremendous unrest in Chicago. Much of his Twitter coverage showed looting and damage that had been done to businesses. He described the situation as "nasty."
After 1 a.m. on Sunday morning, John headed home.
"I hope people try to stay safe," he said. "It's truly terrible out there."