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Kenneth Branagh is certainly no stranger to starring in the movies that he directs. In fact, of the fifteen features he's made, there are only five where he doesn't have at least a small role. All the same, the actor-cum-filmmaker faced a daunting task in adapting Agatha Christie's Murder On The Orient Express and playing the legendary detective Hercule Poirot. You may think that the challenge of the dual mission might have caused him to consider one job over the other -- but as he recently told me, the two roles actually dovetailed quite elegantly. Said Branagh,
I had the immense pleasure of sitting down with Kenneth Branagh this past weekend while in London for the world premiere and press day for Murder On The Orient Express. My first question during the interview was about whether or not he ever considered one job instead of two on the project -- either only directing or only starring -- but he explained why it was so perfect for him to do both.
Following up, I was curious about how the experience as Hercule Poirot changed his approach as a filmmaker. After all, an actor alters their perception of the world to fit a character's for an authentic performance, and I wondered if attempting Poirot-level attention and specificity altered the way he works as a filmmaker. Kenneth Branagh noted that there was a change in his preparation for Murder On The Orient Express, with a great deal of it going into the specific notes of the role:
You can watch Kenneth Branagh discuss the challenge of portraying Hercule Poirot and simultaneously directing Murder On The Orient Express by clicking play on the video below!
Based on Agatha Christie's legendary mystery novel, Murder On The Orient Express stars Kenneth Branagh as the great Poirot, who finds himself trapped on a train with a mysterious group of strangers following the killing of a fellow passenger. The all-star cast include Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Leslie Odom Jr., Tom Bateman and more, and arrives in theaters this Friday, November 10th.