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Don’t expect John Cusack to make any opening remarks before the screening of his two greatest contributions to ’80s comedy at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center this weekend. According to Savage Steve Holland, who directed the actor in both Better Off Dead and One Crazy Summer, Cusack hates those films so much that he refuses to even acknowledge them, let alone talk about the cultural importance of the line, “I want my $2.” Screening together as part of the AFI’s “Totally Awesome 2: More Films of the 1980s” retrospective, each film offers a look at the not-so-serious early work of an actor who, apparently, takes himself very seriously—so much so that, in recent years, he has taken on more challenging roles in such thought-provoking fare as Must Love Dogs and the hotel horror flick 1408. The films show at 9:30 and 11:30 p.m., respectively, at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $10. (301) 495-6700; see afi.com/silver/new/ for a complete schedule.