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The Raven
Interview by: Izumi Hasegawa
Apr 13, 2012
John Cusack, Alice Eve, James McTeigue - The Raven
SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills
Interviewed by Ricky Mora

Q1: How did you prepare to get in the mode of Poe?
JC: I think the script was terrific, and I think James and I went through it with the writers and some people and tried to pull as much of Poe's own dialogue as we could from his letters and from his novels, so that we put that cadence and idiom into the kind of structure of this genre story which is basically a Poe story where Poe becomes a character in one of his own stories. So you have Poe deconstructing Poe. So even though it is fantasy we, I was probably a little bit obsessed and it drove James crazy, trying to say, "Yeah Poe said this and he said this." So I was always trying to use his own vernacular and his own words as much as I could in the fictional setting. So we were trying to square that circle in a way, and there's volumes and volumes of his own thoughts on his writings. He wasn't shy about his product,...

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