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Kenneth Branagh on Poirot's mustache as superpower and his reboot of ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

Kenneth Branagh on Poirot's mustache as superpower and his reboot of ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

Right off the bat, representatives of Agatha Christie’s estate had a question for actor and director Kenneth Branagh when they met the first time about adapting the late author’s classic 1934 novel “Murder on the Orient Express.”

“What are you going to do about the mustache?”

Christie’s brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, the protagonist of “Murder on the Orient Express” and 32 other mystery novels, was arguably the author’s most famous fictional creation, so renowned that in 1975 his death in the novel “Curtain” was marked with a front-page New York Times obituary. Of course, Poirot’s most famous feature, aside from his razor-sharp mind, was his prodigious...

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