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John Cusack on 'The Raven': 'I liked the murder mystery premise'

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John Cusack has said that he was intrigued by The Raven's fictionalised version of Edgar Allan Poe.

The actor revealed that he jumped at the offer to play Poe in the film, where the 19th century author's gothic tales are weaved into a murder mystery plot.

John Cusack
attends a press conference for his movie 'The Raven' in Moscow

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"I thought it was really smart. Obviously, if you don't like the premise, it would be hard to sort of like the film I guess," Cusack explained to Rolling Stone. "If you think of the premise being appropriate to different genres that he created - the detective genre, the horror genre - he was doing the dream within a dream thing and he also wrote about people surfing in that space between sanity and insanity, waking and dreaming.

"So I thought it was like oh yeah, that just gets you to get into all these stories, his imagination and his own view of himself."

Cusack also disclosed that he has been an admirer of Poe's dark literature for many years.

"I always liked where he's into the absurd stuff between life and death. Mystical supernatural elements," the star said. "That's the sweet stuff in Poe's writing that affects me the most. That's why I like Day of the Dead, and Halloween and that kind of time of year. That gets me going."

Cusack recently explained that he became "gaunt" in order to play Poe.

The Raven is now playing in US cinemas. It was released in the UK on March 9.

Watch a trailer for The Raven below:

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