With "The Raven" getting closer to its release in the U.S. theaters, its lead actor John Cusack took some time to talk about having the opportunity to portray acclaimed macabre writer Edgar Allan Poe. Sharing to MTV News, Cusack said that bringing the charismatic character to life in the upcoming thriller is almost like activating an app on a phone.
Explaining how he entered the world of such a complex and mysterious man as Poe, the actor who recently received his own Hollywood Walk of Fame said, "It's like an app, right? Like on your phone." He joked, " 'Go to Darkness.' You press the Poe app."
Cusack has been receiving positive early reviews from critics for his portrayal of the "Murders in the Rue Morgue" author, who is relatively known as a dark individual. On how he got into the mind of the late writer, Cusack explained, "That's sort of how the psyche works, too, in a way. So, I think you just try to activate it and bring it to life."
In addition to studying Poe's biography, the 45-year-old actor admitted that he tried to tap into the author's emotions. "If you think of movies like in a dream language, then there's kind of a dream logic to it," he said. "And then you just follow the feelings. You use the feelings, I think that's what it is."
In "The Raven", Poe and his partner Emmet Field are engaged in a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a sadistic serial killer. Their journey starts as a mother and daughter are found brutally slaughtered in 19th century Baltimore. Fields discovers that the crime resembles a fictional murder described in gory details in the local newspaper-part of a collection of stories written by Poe.
Realizing a serial killer on the loose is using Poe's writings as the backdrop for his bloody rampage, Fields enlists the author's help in stopping the attacks. However, when it appears someone close to Poe may become the killer's next victim, the stakes become even higher and the inventor of the detective story calls on his own powers of deduction to try to solve the case before it's too late.
Also starring Luke Evans, Alice Eve and Brendan Gleeson, "The Raven" is directed by James McTeigue. Relativity Media will release the film nationwide on April 27.