David Suchet was warned against Poirot role

David Suchet was warned against Poirot role

Poirot star David Suchet has revealed that Agatha Christie's family warned him not to play the Belgian detective as a joke when he was first approached about the role.

Suchet, 67, who signed up to play the much-loved character 25 years ago, has filmed his final scenes as the mustachioed sleuth and Curtain: Poirot's Last Case will be broadcast on ITV later this year.

Suchet told the Radio Times that crime writer Christie's family ordered him not to portray Hercule Poirot as a figure of fun.

He said: "In the books, as opposed to some of the films that have been made, he is not a comic character.

"I was told by Agatha Christie's daughter and her husband over lunch, 'If you're going to make him a joke, then you are not going to play him; people can smile with him, but never laugh at him'.

Suchet said that "I now own him (Poirot) in a way" and that the detective was "now my character".

He said of getting into character: "As soon as the moustache goes on, I speak as him ... the voice of Poirot is kicked in by the moustache, and once the voice is there, every single thing about him slots into place."

Tuesday June 4, 2013

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