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Murder on the Orient Express (out November 10)

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. 

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