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Tom Bateman didn’t fit the part. As detective Poirot’s friend Bouc in the adaption of Agatha Christie’s whodunit, ”I’m supposed to be 45 and French,” notes the 28-year-old Brit. But director Kenneth Branagh made a case for Bateman. “He thought a young, British guy would be more interesting,” adds the actor. “He said, ‘Under no circumstances do I want to hear your French accent.’ ” Bateman speaks to Us.
Us Weekly: Does the film stray from the book in other ways?
TB: Ken said he wasn’t looking for a whodunit, but a why-dunit. So it’s a look at why someone would commit murder and why people might be pushed to that length.
Us: Ever get starstruck on set?
TB: It was a bit overwhelming at times — Willem Dafoe, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad and Judi Dench! But it was a joy. Penélope Cruz introduced us to this parlor game where someone was a killer and we had to work out who. We would do that on Friday nights to unwind. We felt like family.