"I thought it was really smart. Obviously, if you don't like the premise, it would be hard to sort of like the film I guess," Cusack explained to Rolling Stone. "If you think of the premise being appropriate to different genres that he created - the detective genre, the horror genre - he was doing the dream within a dream thing and he also wrote about people surfing in that space between sanity and insanity, waking and dreaming.
"So I thought it was like oh yeah, that just gets you to get into all these stories, his imagination and his own view of himself."
Cusack also disclosed that he has been an admirer of Poe's dark literature for many years.
"I always liked where he's into the absurd stuff between life and death. Mystical supernatural elements," the star said. "That's the sweet stuff in Poe's writing that affects me the most. That's why I like Day of the Dead, and Halloween and that kind of time of year. That gets me going."