Robert Rorke at the New York Post offers an interview with actor Denis O’Hare, who portrays the late, great writer Edgar Allan Poe on Monday’s American Masters TV series.
On series such as “True Blood” and “American Horror Story,” actor Denis O’Hare has proven his affinity for roles with a Gothic feel. On Monday night’s “American Masters,” the Tony Award winner goes deeper than ever into that Gothic good night by interpreting the works of Edgar Allan Poe (1809 to 1849) — just in time for Halloween. The creator of the detective story and such spine-tinglers as “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Pit and the Pendulum,” Poe lived a life filled with reversals of fortune and doomed love affairs, yet he inspired many writers with his explorations of madness, fear and obsession.
O’Hare, 55, spoke to The Post from his home in Brooklyn.
Absolutely. He was such an iconic figure, with one of the great recognizable faces. I’m not sure anybody knew what the man sounded like. There are no recordings. We have descriptions of what his voice was like. Once I started reading his criticism, I said, “This guy is really smart and biting and wicked.” He had obsessions. He decided to go after Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, which makes no sense. He went after the pillars of society.
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