Dark, gothic, obsessive…wonder how much Cusack personifies Poe in real life?

National Post | Arts

The 6-foot-3 John Cusack politely nods to a few celebrity gawkers as he lumbers through the lobby of the trendy SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills.

He’s just that kind of guy. Decked out in black from head to toe, Cusack, 45, may look imposing, but his personality is more passive than domineering.

In his latest movie, The Raven, opening April 27, Cusack plays the 19th-century writer Edgar Allan Poe. The quasi-biopic, directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta), follows Poe near the end of his miserable life in Baltimore, where he’s embroiled with a serial killer who is re-enacting some of the horrific deaths in Poe’s stories.


Ben Livingston’s and Hannah Shakespeare’s screenplay references some of Poe’s famous works, including: “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” “The Premature Burial,” “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and the poem Annabel Lee.

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