Saturday 24 February 2018

Suchet gives blessing to new Poirot

David Suchet is bowing out of the role of Poirot after 25 years
David Suchet is bowing out of the role of Poirot after 25 years

David Suchet has said he gives his blessing to whoever goes on to play Poirot next.

The 67-year-old actor is bowing out of the role of the famous Belgian detective after 25 years, having filmed every case Agatha Christie ever wrote for Poirot.

But David said: "There will be another Poirot, of course there will.

"And if I'm alive, I look forward to encouraging him, exactly the same way as another great actor encouraged me - Peter Ustinov. He said, 'You'd make a much better Poirot than I ever will, because you could look like him'."

David appeared as Inspector Japp opposite Peter Ustinov as Poirot in a 1985 TV film of Thirteen At Dinner.

It was recently revealed that crime novelist Sophie Hannah has been commissioned to write a new Poirot novel, but despite his attachment to the role, David is not keen to reprise it for the new adventure.

"I don't see how I can revive myself for a story that is not Agatha Christie," he said.

"However, I'd love to do a remake of one of the stories for a movie. I would love to do The ABC Murders, which is my favourite. There's nothing to stop me reprising the story for cinema, because I've never done a cinema Poirot."

After 25 years David is a devoted fan of the late Agatha Christie's work - but he is still not sure he would have liked to have met her in person.

"The first time I had any idea that she would have been pleased - and I was very nervous because she hated her characters being shown on television - was when the late Rosalind Hicks, her daughter, said to me, 'I think my mother would have been delighted'. That, coming from her, was quite something.

"Would I like to meet her now? I think I'd still be frightened. Just in case..."

:: Curtain: Poirot's Last Case is on ITV on Wednesday, November 13.

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