Michelle
Admiring
Pfeiffer
November 26, 2017

FIRST coming into prominence in the cult classic Scarface (1983), starring opposite Al Pacino, Golden Globe winner and three-time Oscar nominee Michelle Pfeiffer continues to engross film audiences the world over with her exquisite beauty and galvanizing talent, this time essaying the role of Mrs. Hubbard in the stylish and suspenseful mystery Murder on the Orient Express, based on the Agatha Christie novel that’s long been regarded as one of the most celebrated whodunits of all time.

Taking the audience back in time to the Golden Age of rail travel, from Istanbul to London, the cracking murder mystery is directed with ingenuity and flair by Kenneth Branagh. Pfeiffer’s glamorous and intriguing Mrs. Hubbard is one of the passengers on board the iconic Orient Express. As the story unfolds, someone is murdered. Thirteen strangers are stranded on the train in a snowdrift. Every one of them is a suspect. It’s a race against time to discover the identity of the murderer before he—or she—strikes again. Transported into a world of glamour, opulence and danger, nothing is as it seems on the Orient Express, as the audience is swept up in an intriguing tale of deception, loyalty, love and revenge.

Also noted for her iconic role as Catwoman in Batman Returns, Pfeiffer has captivated audiences for over three decades. The consummate actress, Pfeiffer received an Oscar nomination for her role in Dangerous Liaisons, and won a Golden Globe and her second Oscar nomination for her performance in The Fabulous Baker Boys. She has been honored with a slew of other awards for her performances in films, such as The Age of Innocence, Frankie and Johnny, The Russia House and Married to the Mob. Among her impressive credits are The Witches of Eastwick, The Story of Us, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dark Shadows, People Like Us, The Family, What Lies Beneath, White Oleander, I Am Sam, Chéri, Hairspray and Stardust.

Besides Pfeiffer, Murder on the Orient Express also stars a stellar ensemble that includes Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench, Penélope Cruz, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi and Willem Dafoe, all playing passengers on the train, while Branagh plays Christie’s legendary detective, Hercule Poirot.

One passenger is murdered, the rest are suspects. It’s up to Poirot to uncover the truth.

Here, Michelle Pfeiffer talks about the film, her director, her costars and the appeal of a great murder mystery, trains, costumes, plus her own brilliant career.

What was your experience of working with Kenneth and the formidable ensemble cast?

It was wonderful. He had a lot to keep track of on this film, with so many actors. I don’t really know how he did it, whether he has a photographic memory, but he would remember everything—and at the end of each take. With the cast, it was a little intimidating honestly. The first day of filming, I had to do a closeup and all the actors were there. I remember thinking, “I’m bombing in front of Judi Dench!” (Laughs) Maybe I wasn’t actually bombing, but you know it’s hard when you’re in awe of other people’s talent. Each and every one of them is so unbelievably accomplished.

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