‘When I first met Johnny, I remember just giving a list of the performances of his that I admired, including one particular favorite in Ed Wood. I must have gone on for 10 minutes about a performance that almost no other actor in our business could give, that I thought was so beautiful and unique. So, yeah, I was a gusher in that regard. But the great thing about all the greats that I’ve worked with is that they immediately become collaborators and companions, and all of that falls away for the period while you’re working.‘
Arasta Bazaar (Extended): In the café, Ratchett orders
the finest champagne to give to Hercule Poirot as a gift, but the detective prefers
a cup of chocolate. Later, Ratchett runs away while a fight happens at the bar.
Poirot Bedtime Rituals (Alternate and Alternate 2):
In the middle of the night, while the Orient Express keep running on the
tracks, Ratchett records a message on his dictaphone confessing that he fears
for his life. In the end it seems that he feels that something is not right
with him. In the Alternate 2, a dizzy Ratchett enters his cabinet holding an empty cup.
Dreamscape: Hercule Poirot recapitulate (or imagines) what
happened (or could have happened) inside the express.
HAPPY FIRST ANNIVERSARY! One year
ago, today (November 3), “Murder on the Orient Express” premièred in the UK theatres. One day before, the movie premiered at
Royal Albert Hall, in London, with Johnny and the cast attending the red carpet. Worldwide,the movie started to be released few days later starting
in November 9. The mystery thriller film directed by Kenneth Branagh, which
plays the detective Hercule Poirot, is the fourth screen adaptation based on the 1934
novel of the same name by Agatha Christie. In this movie, Johnny plays Edward Ratchett, an unscrupulous good-looking
gangster and businessman with a dark secret.
> Synopsis: A lavish trip through
Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a
train. Everyone’s a suspect when Detective Hercule Pairot arrives to
interrogate all passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike
* Before this movie Johnny had
already worked with most of the cast:
– This is the fourth movie in which
Johnny and Willem Dafoe are cast together after Platoon (1986), Cry-Baby
(1990), and Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003).
– This is the third collaboration with
Johnny and Penélope Cruz working together after Blow (2001) and Pirates of the
Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).
– This is the second movie in which
Johnny and Michelle Pfeiffer works together after Dark Shadows (2012).
It takes 14 minutes to Johnny
appear as Edward Ratchett.
4 small scenes of Johnny were
deleted and release later on the Blu-Ray DVD. (I’ll be posting later)
This was the fifth time Johnny played a gangster character, after
Joseph D. Pistone in Donnie Brasco (1997), George Jung in Blow (2001), John Dillinger
in Public Enemies (2009) and James “Whitey” Bulger (which was
killed this week) in Black Mass (2015)
* This is considered Johnny’s latest movie screened worldwide in which he appears in flesh and blood. In “Sherlock Gnomes”, released last March he only lent his voice.
The Fragilite cake scene — the exchange between Poirot and Edward Ratchet (Johnny Depp) — was filmed over a day and a half, and in addition to improvisation, the scene also required numerous bites of cake. He says Depp “is absolutely unafraid of a world most actors live in fear of which is eating onscreen.”
Depp asked Branagh to apologize to Derek Jacobi (who plays Edward Henry Masterman) for him after filming their scene together “because I had to shout at him, I don’t want to shout at Derek Jacobi.”