Suchet closes in on Poirot’s last case
THE curtain is coming down on David Suchet’s long-running portrayal of Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot after the actor signed up to star in the final five stories featuring the detective. Suchet (pictured right) has played the part of Agatha Christie’s famous creation for 22 years and starred in 65 films. Five new films, based on a mixture of novels and short stories, will go into production next year. ‘‘I’m more than delighted to be reprising my role as Poirot,’’ Suchet says. Poirot is a brilliant, yet profoundly complicated character and I’ve always loved playing him. He’s considerate, with a love of elegance and precision, but he is also so maddeningly frustrating to play as he’s so vain and pedantic. What endears me to him the most is his endless love of people. And for all his faults he is one of the greatest listeners in literature. ’’ The new films include Curtain, which is Poirot’s last case and sees the detective, immobilised with arthritis, call on his old friend Captain Hastings to help him as they return to the scene of their first-ever case to try to prevent another murder. The latest Poirot film to be made, Clocks, will be broadcast in the UK for Christmas and features Phil Daniels, Jaime Winstone and Lesley Sharp among the supporting cast. It also features awardwinning actress Anna Massey, who died this year, in one of her last roles.
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