John Cusack in a scene from The Raven
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John Cusack on theories of Edgar Allan Poe's death

Actor John Cusack has taken on the role of Edgar Allan Poe for his new film, The Raven.

Cusack told BBC Breakfast that he researched the role to find that the poet had "a tortured life".

The film is a fictitious account of the last days of the famous poet's life.

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