FUN & GAMES

Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - Murder -

In the off-time, the stars hung out to­gether, en­joyed af­ter-hours drinks and played the party card game Were­wolf. “I brought it with me be­cause I thought it would be a good act­ing ex­er­cise,” Cruz ex­plains. “It’s about keep­ing se­crets, trust and telling lies.” Adds Les­lie Odom Jr., the Hamil­ton Tony win­ner who por­trays the movie’s Dr. Arbuthnot, “We’d play for hours and hours. We were the big­gest nerds.”

That play­ful­ness trans­lates on­screen, says the di­rec­tor. “But when the cam­era rolled, there was in­tense con­cen­tra­tion. It felt like work­ing with the Har­lem Glo­be­trot­ters. No­body wanted to drop the ball.”

Branagh is ea­ger to in­tro­duce his cast and his old-fash­ioned thriller to a new au­di­ence. He filmed it with old-school widescreen cam­eras be­cause “I wanted to make a movie that peo­ple see on a big screen. You’ll get to see and hear the train. There’s an ex­cite­ment to that.”

Ri­d­ley says Mur­der on the Ori­ent Ex­press is a fresh al­ter­na­tive to spe­cial-ef­fects ex­trav­a­gan­zas—in­clud­ing her next movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which opens on Dec. 15—“a nice es­cape, a slower story that un­folds in a place that peo­ple can’t es­cape from. Just watch peo­ple on a train who have po­ten­tially done some­thing bad and watch some­one try to fig­ure it out.”

In­deed, there’s a rea­son why an 83-year-old mys­tery en­dures. “When you think you know the an­swer, it com­pletely turns in an un­ex­pected di­rec­tion,” Cruz says. “There are so many lay­ers that an 18-year-old and an 80-year-old can con­nect with it. This is a story that will never get old.”

Play the game the cast of Mur­der on the Ori­ent Ex­press was ad­dicted to! Go to Pa­rade.com/were­wolf

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