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How this man got ‘Buried Alive’ with Edgar Allan Poe

By in Press Enterprise on October 27, 2017

By Michelle Mills

On screen, Denis O’Hare as Edgar Allan Poe is brooding and severe, but on the phone he is bright and upbeat.

“It’s good to be busy; I feel very happy to be busy,” O’Hare said.

O”Hare will be returning to CBS’ “The Good Wife” and NBC’s “This Is Us” and is in a number of movies coming out over the next year. He also wrote the screenplay for “The Parting Glass,” a movie about his sister’s suicide, and is currently working to get the film into festivals. Right now, however, the focus is on “American Masters – Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive,” airing on PBS 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30.

Poe has long been linked with Halloween, but his wealth of work spanned a wide range of genres. He is credited with creating the first detective story, penned science fiction and even dabbled in romantic comedy. In “Buried Alive,” filmmaker Eric Stange explores the complexities of the author. The documentary stars O’Hare, is narrated by Kathleen Turner and features readings and commentary by actors Chris Sarandon and Ben Schnetzer, authors Marilynne Robinson, Matthew Pearl, Jeffrey Meyers and Zach Dundas, director Roger Corman and more.

New Yorker O’Hare prepared for his role as Poe by reading biographies, as well as the author’s poetry.

“It really helps to have two different biographies, because we don’t tend to agree on people’s motivations for their actions,” O’Hare said. “I think Poe’s motivations are especially difficult to divine. He was a very impulsive man in many ways and also he was very much a slave to his passions, whether that was his drinking or the women in his life or his literary criticism.”

Once actively into the role, O’Hare identified with Poe’s anger […]    

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