Max : About The Cast

John Cusack (Max Rothman) One of film's most versatile actors, John Cusack plays Max Rothman, an art dealer in 1918 Munich who becomes a witness to history when he meets a would-be painter named Adolf Hitler. Cusack is also credited as an associate producer on the film.
Cusack is currently in production on "The Runaway Jury" with Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman and will next be seen in James Mangold's thriller "Identity. " Cusack recently teamed with Spike Jonze on the acclaimed "Being John Malkovich," and has also earned accolades for Stephen Frears' "The Grifters," John Sayles' "Eight Men Out," Cameron Crowe's "Say Anything. .. ," Rob Reiner's "The Sure Thing" and recently, Frears' high-energy hit "High Fidelity," which Cusack co-produced and co-wrote the screenplay from the Nick Hornby novel and also earned him a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination.

Cusack, along with Steve Pink and D. V. DeVincentis, is partnered in New Crime Productions, the first production of which was "Grosse Pointe Blank," co-written by Cusack, who starred with Minnie Driver, Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd, and Cusack's sister Joan. New Crime's next project (executive-produced by Cusack), for HBO, was "The Jack Bull," scripted by Cusack's father Dick, and starring Cusack, John Goodman and L. Q. Jones. Most recently, New Crime produced "Never Get Outta The Boat," which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

Cusack's recent roles also include "Serendipity," and "America's Sweethearts" as well as "Pushing Tin," Terrence Malick's Academy Award-nominated "The Thin Red Line" and "Cradle Will Rock" as Nelson Rockefeller. His other screen credits include the animated feature "Anastasia"; making cameo appearances in "The Player" and "Bob Roberts"; and starring in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," "Con Air," "City Hall," "Bullets Over Broadway," "Shadows and Fog," "The Road to Wellville," "Money for Nothing," "True Colors," "Tapeheads" and "Fat Man and Little Boy. "

In addition to his film work, Cusack founded the New Crime Theatre Company, which, like Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater Company, is one of the nation's foremost avant-garde theater companies. Cusack has directed four plays with New Crime, including "Alagazam. .. After the Dog Years" and "Methusalem," the latter earning him a Jeff citation for Best Director from Chicago's famed Joseph Jefferson Awards. That production also won awards for Best Original Music and Best Costume Design. Cusack also directed a stage production of Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. "

Noah Taylor (Adolf Hitler) Best known for his work in the Oscar-winning "Shine," Noah Taylor takes on the chilling role of a young Adolf Hitler, a homeless war veteran who pours his rage and frustration into becoming a painter, then switches his focus to politics. Born in England, Taylor moved to Australia as a child and came to the attention of filmgoers around the world in John Duigan's Australian hit "The Year My Voice Broke," which won the 17 year-old accolades and a nomination as Best Actor at the Australian Film Awards.

Taylor went on to star in Duigan's "Flirting" with Nicole Kidman and Thandie Newton. He then landed the role of the teenage David Helfgott in "Shine," for which he won the Australian Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Male Actor as well as nominations from the Screen Actors Guild and Australian Film Institute. More recently, he has worked twice with Cameron Crowe -- in his acclaimed rock drama "Almost Famous" and memorably as the dream peddler in "Vanilla Sky" - and starred in the action blockbuster "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. " He will next be seen in "The Sleeping Dictionary alongside Brenda Blethyn. "

Leelee Sobieski (Liselore) Leelee Sobieski is Liselore, Max's aristocratic mistress. Sobieski starred in "Here on Earth" and the romantic comedy "Never Been Kissed" before coming to international attention for her role in Stanley Kubrick's provocative "Eyes Wide Shut. " She went on to receive an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the title role of the highly-rated miniseries "Joan of Arc. "

Most recently Sobieski was seen in "My First Mister" with Albert Brooks and Christine Lahti and "The Glass House" with Diane Lane, as well as the acclaimed telefilm "Uprising" about the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto revolt against the Nazis. Sobieski's other credits include John Dahl's "Joy Ride," the blockbuster "Deep Impact" and the Merchant Ivory Production "The Soldier's Daughter Never Cries. " Her forthcoming projects include Griffine Dunne's "Nailed Right In" with Johnny Depp.

Molly Parker (Nina Rothman) Molly Parker plays Nina, a prima ballerina and wife of Max Rothman. Talented Parker is receiving critical acclaim, not only for her acting abilities but also for her bold and diverse choices in characters. She was recently nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as Best Female Lead for her starring role in Wayne Wang's "Center of the World" and won a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Bruce Sweeney's "Last Wedding. " She has starred in Michael Winterbottom's acclaimed "Wonderland" and played Ralph Fiennes wife in Istvan Szabo's Golden Globe nominated film "Sunshine. "

Her latest film, "Pure" just wrapped production in London with Director Gilles McKinnon ("Hideous Kinky"), in which she portrayed a drug addicted mother who is taken care of by her young son.
Parker starred with William Hurt in "Rare Birds" which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and she re-teamed with director Lynn Stopkewich in the dark mystery "Suspicious River," which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. She made her feature debut as an alluring necrophiliac in Stopkewich's stunning film "Kissed," which won Parker a Best Actress Genie Award as well as international recognition for this performance. She served as executive producer on the soon-to-be-released "Looking for Leonard," which was her first venture behind-the-camera. Parker's other film credits include "Men With Brooms," "The Five Senses" and "Waking the Dead," the latter costarred Billy Crudup, was directed by Keith Gordon and produced by Jodie Foster's Egg Pictures.

Most recently she guest starred as the Rabbi on the hit HBO television series "Six Feet Under. " Other television credits include "Twitch City," the Fox miniseries "Intensity," directed by Yves Simoneau, and the telefilm "Serving in Silence," with Glenn Close. Parker is currently in production on the HBO film "Iron Jawed Angels," opposite Hilary Swank and Anjelica Huston.

Ulrich Thomsen (Captain Mayr) Ulrich Thomsen, who plays Hitler's army friend Captain Mayr, won accolades around the world for his role in the award-winning Thomas Vinterberg film "CELEBRATION. " He has starred in numerous foreign films, most recently "MOSTLY MARTHA", in theatres now. He will next be seen in Kathryn Bigelow's "WEIGHT OF WATER" with Sean Penn and Sarah Polley and "ZOOKEEPER" with Sam Neill. He has also appeared in Chen Kaige's erotic thriller "KILLING ME SOFTLY" with Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes.

Author : Lions Gate Films