"I don't mind you find the film funny," Cusack told the U.K.'s Guardian. "I guess it's ultimately supposed to be a bit scary, but I admit I personally went for the wit and black humor I've always found in Poe. I don't know if that's what they wanted from me, but…"
The film, from Intreped Pictures, opens April 27 in the United States. Relativity is distributing.
Cusack, 45, admits he sometimes struggles to stay relevant as a film actor these days.
"Sometimes I think I'm in control, but more and more I realise that it's just a complete farce," he said. "It used to be that if you did a big, big movie then you could leverage it and make some smaller, cooler ones, and I got away with that for a few years. But now, they just want you to put on tights – if you don't put on the tights, they just want to get rid of you. And I'm not putting on the tights, so you know…"
Here's an early look at "The Raven."