In the newest film from Ninja Assassin and V for Vendetta director James McTeigue, actor John Cusack plays the famous American author Edgar Allan Poe in a horror story that mixes biographical fact with Poe’s own fiction. The end result is something like your great-great grandfather’s version of the Saw saga, with people using fancier language and the power of newspaper criticism still being a thing.
I sat down with John Cusack in a roundtable interview to discuss the author, what it was like embodying the literary figure, and why fanboy culture is now more effective than the New York Times.
The Raven opens Friday in theaters.
You have your own screenplay writing experience, and you’ve co-written some special movies (High Fidelity, Grosse Pointe Blank) in your career. How would you describe your own relationship with writing?
The writing I do, I never have to finish it.