Michelle Pfeiffer cried when she met Dame Judi Dench

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 November 2017
Pfeiffer at Murder on the Orient Express premiere

Michelle Pfeiffer at Murder on the Orient Express premiere

Michelle Pfeiffer admitted she burst into tears when she first met Dame Judi Dench on the set of 'Murder on the Orient Express'

Michelle Pfeiffer burst into tears when she met Dame Judi Dench on the set of 'Murder on the Orient Express'.

The 59-year-old actress is currently starring alongside the iconic actress in Sir Kenneth Branagh's re-imagining of Agatha Christie's whodunit novel set in the 1930s and Pfeiffer, 59, admitted she was "completely star-struck" meeting screen legend Dench, 82.

Speaking at the world premiere of the new movie at The Royal Albert Hall in London on Thursday (02.11.17), Pfeiffer said: "When I met her, I just cried ... I had tears coming down my face. I was just completely star-struck and moved by meeting her."

Pfeiffer - whose filmography includes acclaimed roles in movies such as 'Scarface', 'Batman Returns' and 'Dangerous Liaisons' - said it took a lot of effort to act in front of Dench who is considered a master at period piece dramas.

She said: "It just takes jumping into the deep end, but it's hard to trust that in the beginning. And so I was at that stage and I'm acting in front of Judi Dench, and I'm thinking OK, you cannot bomb in front of Judi Dench. This just can't happen."

'Murder on the Orient Express' follows Belgian detective Hercule Poirot who finds himself wrapped in a murder mystery after a passenger is murdered during the lavish trip through Europe.

The film sees Branagh take on the helm of the iconic detective and features a stellar cast which includes Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Olivia Colman, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad and Willem Dafoe.

Although the story is well-known and has been made into a movie back in 1974, which saw Albert Finney portray Poirot, Branagh believes his version his different to any other production because he has "added some pieces" in order to make it unique.

And Branagh would "love" to make more films based around Christie's books.

He said: "I would love to make more films from Christie's books, although I'm sure we're not going to make 37 of them, which is how many we have to choose from."

Murder on the Orient Express

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 54min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley
  • UK release: 2 November 2017

Murder in the dead of night, a carriage of suspects trapped in an avalanche, and the world’s greatest detective is on hand to solve it. Against the odds, Branagh pulls off a stylish, first-class, surprisingly poignant retelling with fluid camerawork and a top cast, and has a fine old time as the arrogant, outrageously…

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