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Tuesday 22 July 2014

Cusack: I'm like Raven character

John Cusack immersed himself in Edgar Allan Poe's life for The Raven

John Cusack has revealed he identified with Edgar Allan Poe's dark nature when playing the writer in new film The Raven.

The 45-year-old actor immersed himself in the poet and author's life for the movie, which also stars Luke Evans and Brendan Gleeson, and admitted he could relate to Poe.

He said: "I've been very lucky in my life. I haven't had horrible things happen to me but I still have a dark side, a perverse side. I want to get into trouble.

"Most actors are sort of thieves, they have criminal natures. It was like peering into the abyss when you get into the land of Poe. Well, jumping into it, actually."

The Serendipity star found many other places where he and his character had common ground.

"I'm an actor, so I'm vain. Part of me is totally insane, part of me thinks I'm the best, part of me is competitive with other people. A lot of those qualities Poe had, it's just a mirror to yourself, right?" he added.

John said he didn't hesitate when offered the role in the movie, out on March 9.

"I choose scripts depending on if it's good or if I need the money," he joked.

"Or [you think] 'Is it smart to do politically?', because maybe if you do a big movie, that will keep you in the game to do some smaller, better movies, or something with a great director. But this was a no-brainer."

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