Daniel Craig: Knives Out is 'delicious'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 December 2019
Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig says the script for 'Knives Out' was "delicious", as he says he "enjoyed the language" when he read it for the first time

Daniel Craig says the script for 'Knives Out' was "delicious".

The 51-year-old actor stars as Detective Benoit Blanc in the mystery movie – which was written, produced, and directed by Rian Johnson – and has said that he didn't focus on trying to piece together the plot when he first read the script, as he was too invested in the "language".

When asked if he figured out what was going on in the story when he read the script for the first time, he said: "I didn't read it like that. I kind of was like, 'I know what it is, I know what this is'. I read it and just enjoyed the language. I read it and it was just so ... I keep wanting to use the word, it was just delicious. [The plot] didn't matter to me, that was sort of secondary to what it was."

And even though he had been privy to all the plot twists whilst filming the movie, he admitted he was still "surprised" when he saw the finished product.

He added: "The writing was so good and it was so interesting and so fun, there were belly laughs, there were all of these things. And the whole murder mystery of it is not my business really. Even though I play the detective, it was for Rian to manufacture, and he does it beautifully. And when I saw the finished movie, I knew [the plot] because I know what happens, but I was surprised."

Daniel's co-star Jamie Lee Curtis – who plays Linda Drysdale, the mother of Chris Evans' character Hugh Ransom Drysdale – also heaped praise on Rian's writing, as she dubbed the script as "legit funny" and "incredibly intricate".

In a joint interview for Collider.com, she said: "It's incredibly intricate, super funny, and by the way if you look back at Rian's work, it's not like he's a comedy writer. It's like, James Cameron wrote 'True Lies', and if you looked back at James Cameron's work you would not have called him a comedy writer, and yet 'True Lies' was legit funny. On the page legit funny. This is legit funny. And very intricate, and super fun."

Knives Out

  • 4 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 10min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Rian Johnson
  • Cast: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Christopher Plummer
  • UK release: 27 November 2019

When mystery writer Harlan Thrombey (Plummer) is found with his throat slit, puffed-up private detective Benoit Blanc (Craig) gets on the case. A wickedly knowing, flamboyantly bitchy take on the whodunnit, with a great cast, bags of style and a splendidly outrageous comic turn from Craig. Bloody good fun.

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