Opening this weekend is director James McTeigue‘s (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin) The Raven. If you’re not familiar with the film, the story takes place in 1840s Baltimore where a series of grisly murders appear to have been inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe (played by John Cusack). Poe and a detective (Luke Evans) must team up to find the killer before he takes out the woman Poe loves (Alice Eve). The film also stars Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Brendan Gleeson. For more on the film, here’s the trailer and 40 images.
Last week I got to sit down with John Cusack for an extended video interview. We talked about how The Raven came together, his research, Twitter (you can follow him here), which of his previous films people always want to talk about, if we’ll ever get a sequel to Hot Tub Time Machine, his upcoming projects like The Paperboy, The Frozen Ground, filming the experimental No Somos Animales in Argentina, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
- 0:40 – John Cusack talks about potential sequels to Hot Tub Time Machine.
- 1:35 – When people approach him in public, they always bring up a different movie to talk to him about.
- 2:30 – Cusack talks about his presence on Twitter and how he’s probably doing it all wrong.
- 3:25 – Using Twitter-speak, Cusack comments on “feeding the trolls,” interacting with people and the sharing of information.
- 5:35 – Speaking on The Raven, Cusack reflects on how quickly the movie came together from his perspective.
- 6:40 – Cusack speaks intensely about his research on Edgar Allan Poe and how people tend to remember him in a two-dimensional way, but who was, in fact, a very complex, many-layered person.
- 12:15 – Cusack talks about his upcoming projects, including The Paperboy, The Frozen Ground and filming the experimental No Somos Animales in Argentina.
- 13:20 – Cusack comments on The Frozen Ground, a story about a hunter and killer named Robert Hansen.