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April 17, 3:30 PM ET
Chat with John Cusack

Buzzmaster
  (3:26 PM)

John is here!

Buzzmaster
  (3:37 PM)

Let's get started!

Michelle (Staten Island, New York )

To get into such a role as portraying Poe did you have to do any research into his character?

John Cusack
  (3:38 PM)

Yeah, the good thing about that era is since there were no phones or Blackberrys or anything, everyone had to write letters. You can also just read his stories. You can read all of his literature.

James (Rochester, NY)

How do you feel about your new movie coming out?

John Cusack
  (3:39 PM)

I feel good. It's nice to get these things out there because you work on them for so long. You want people to get out there and have a fun night at the movies. This guy was the original master of horror.

Turner (Boise, ID)

John, great work. What was your best sports memory as a kid?

John Cusack
  (3:39 PM)

I think the 85 Bears Super Bowl is pretty darn good when they won it. Also, any of Michael's first three championships or his comeback with his next three. Also when George Foreman won the championship 20 years removed at 45 was pretty remarkable.

Angela (Tewksbury Ma)

Pls if you can answer this- Knowing Poe's personality, do you think you could be friends with him today?

John Cusack
  (3:40 PM)

I don't know. That's interesting. He didn't seem to like men that much. I think maybe it's where you caught him because he liked to drink. Maybe not if he were too drunk. He liked the company of women more than men.

John Cusack
  (3:40 PM)

He had a few friends, but not a lot of strong male friendships.

Kevin (FL)

What was it like making a fictitious movie about a real life, and famous, person?

John Cusack
  (3:42 PM)

It's interesting because the story is part legend, part fiction, part fact and we mashed it all up into one. It's basically if Poe got dragged into one of his own stories. He was always writing about the dream within the dream and the twilight space between where sanity ends and insanity begins. He tried to get into that weird spot. The movie allows you to get inside his imagination more.

chris (syracuse)

was this a phyically challenging role? and what parts of the movie did you feel you played poe the best? and would you make another poe movie?

John Cusack
  (3:43 PM)

It was physically challenging. I dropped a lot of weight for it. He was a world famous poet, but there wasn't any copyright so he didn't make any money off of it. He was frail and thin, though he was tough. He went to West Point. I lost a lot of weight for the role. It was winter in Serbia and I was cold and felt appropriately shivery.

Bruce (Providence)

Hi John, What would your walk up music be if you were playing for the Cubs?

John Cusack
  (3:43 PM)

I don't know.

Lisa (St. Paul)

You have been lucky enough to play some very different roles. Of the "scarier" movies (Identity, 1408 & The Raven) you've done, is this your favorite?

John Cusack
  (3:44 PM)

Yeah, I think this is a lot like those two movies in that Poe would be the godfather of those two movies and Stephen King is the connection to Poe. Identity is a thriller that you can't tell who is dreaming the dream. That was a theme of Poe's work.

Anna (London)

Favourite Poe work?

John Cusack
  (3:45 PM)

There is a bunch of them. The Fall of the House of Usher. Mask of the Red Death. Hopfrog. All of those are great ones.

Kevin (SC)

I havent seen you in a movie in a couple years. How did you get your hands on the role of Poe?

John Cusack
  (3:45 PM)

I was lucky enough that the filmmaker thought of me and asked me to do it. I jumped at the chance to play such an interesting character.

Jackson (Miami, FL)

How does it feel to know you made a really good sports movie with Eight Men Out when so many sports movies are just a sappy waste of film?

John Cusack
  (3:46 PM)

I think it was great to be part of that movie. I'm proud to be a part of it. It's definitely a baseball movie that works.

Jelena (Serbia)

What was it like shooting in Serbia & when will you visit again?

John Cusack
  (3:46 PM)

Yeah, I like the people. The head space wasn't so nice for Mr. Poe. I'd like to go back in the summer.

Alina (Chicago)

Do you and Poe have any similarities? And if so, what are they...

John Cusack
  (3:47 PM)

No, I think the only thing is that everybody has some similarities to Poe because everyone wants to see what's behind the rock and interested in the afterlife. Interested in ghosts. People can all relate to Poe. I'm interested in that neither world when you're dreaming, what's happening. What level of reality is that?

Dawn (Florida)

1.) When you look back now and think on the whole experience of playing the part of Edgar Allen Poe and The Raven, what will you remember most?

John Cusack
  (3:48 PM)

I think being into the head space and in the streets at 4 in the morning. The period of it all. The feeling of his stories and being involved in it.

Nancy (Alabama)

Were any scenes particularly challenging or interesting for you in The Raven?

John Cusack
  (3:49 PM)

Yeah, the stuff that we spoke about before, the weather, the head space. But it was good. It was a great run.

Rae (northern ireland)

so whats next movie wise ,for you that is

John Cusack
  (3:49 PM)

I have a movie called The Paperboy with Nicole Kidman and the Frozen Ground.

Randy (Tha Dimas)

Where was this mostly filmed?

John Cusack
  (3:50 PM)

Hungary, Budapest and Serbia.

Melody (London)

being in Poe's shoes for the film changed you personally in any way?

John Cusack
  (3:50 PM)

I'm not sure. Time will tell. Everything you do changes you on some level. It was just a great role. I wouldn't want to stay in that head space, but it was certainly nice to visit.

jeff (los angeles)

how about the heat? think they can get past your chicago bulls?

John Cusack
  (3:51 PM)

I think the Bulls can give the Heat a pretty good run.

John Cusack
  (3:52 PM)

You can follow me on Twitter: @JohnCusack. I love to follow people randomly. I'm into the social media. It was fun chatting with you!