HIGH FIDELITY star John Cusack risked life and limb recently when he literally flew into the eye of a storm to research a new movie.

The movie star joined military weather experts and extreme sports star pal Laird Hamilton onboard a Hercules jet that flew into Hurricane Ivan, which ravaged the Caribbean and parts of Florida last month (SEP04).

He was taking the danger trip to research a new movie role about freak weather chasers.

Cusack says, "It was fantastic. It was scary, exciting and thrilling, all at the same time.

"At times it was like being in a clothes dryer with incredible wind gusts shaking the whole plane. The worst part was when the plane suddenly plunged like a brick. It felt like my stomach left my body."

08/10/2004 02:45