Entertaintment Weekly: Murder on the Orient Express

Kenneth Branagh was dying to play this trick on his Murder on the Orient Express cast

The cast of Kenneth Branagh’s Agatha Christie adaptation Murder on the Orient Express boasts an array of acting luminaries, including Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, Olivia Colman, and Derek Jacobi, who is one of the Branagh’s personal heroes. “You know, 40 years ago, I stood at the back of the theatre watching Derek play Hamlet at the New Theatre, Oxford, and afterwards I waited at the stage door to get his autograph,” says Branagh, who in addition to directing the new version of Christie’s classic whodunnit is also playing her famous detective, Hercule Poirot.

Despite the respect Branagh felt for his thespian colleagues, the filmmaker admits he was tempted to play on his cast a trick which, according to legend, the late Robert Altman had played on his cast during the shoot for Gosford Park. That 2001 drama was another period piece with a star-studded lineup whose membership included Maggie Smith, Ryan Phillipe, Clive Owen, Helen Mirren, and Charles Dance.

“I don’t know if you know this story, but several friends have told me about this,” says Branagh, who starred in Altman’s 1998 film, The Gingerbread Man. “They all did their first scene together for the first time in a room. They called ‘Cut!’ Altman quickly opened the door, stuck his head in, and said, ‘Everybody was brilliant, except one of you. We’re gonna go again!’ I was desperate to use that line, but I was too scared.”

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Vogue: Lucy Boynton Is the Beauty Risk-Taker We’ve Been Waiting For

A chestnut new-wave beehive. A wavy dark-as-night bob. A shoulder-length strawberry red coif. A headful of cascading golden tendrils. At only 23 years old, actress Lucy Boynton has already had more hairstyles than most do in a lifetime. “I’ve been every hair color under the sun for different projects,” says Boynton, in a lilting English accent, over the phone. “It helps me get into character.”

Most recently, that character is Rose in A24’s psychological thriller, The Blackcoat’s Daughter (out Friday), for which her naturally blonde lengths were dyed an inky hue—and back again. “It felt very apt to have such a dark hair color with such a horrific film, but it’s tainted the way I see dark hair!”

Anyone who’s dabbled with Manic Panic knows that one major dye job—let alone multiple—can wreak devastating havoc upon hair, and yet Boynton’s current flaxen bob is surprisingly healthy. For this, Boynton credits Olaplex’s bond-building treatment and London-based colorist Mark William Selley, who had to take her hair from jet black to platinum in one day and still lives to tell the tale. “He’s the only reason I have any hair left!” she laughs.

But Boynton’s love affair with color doesn’t stop with the strands on her head. “I just watched Play It As It Lays, and the main character [Maria] wears this bright blue eyeshadow,” she says of the 1972 film inspiration behind the bold cobalt, green, and purple MAC eyeshadows with which she covers her whole lid—no matter the time of day. Her approach to red carpet beauty is similarly daring, thanks to makeup artists like the Streicher sisters in L.A. and London’s Alexis Day who shares her passion for glitter. “I find that I’m quite experimental. I’m drawn to the brighter and weirder things.” In other words, this is one beauty risk-taker to watch.

Source: Vogue

Boynton on Netflix’s Artful Ghost Story, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

Actress Lucy Boynton on Netflix’s Artful Ghost Story, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

If you’re looking for a scare this Hallo-weekend that’s a little more nuanced than something with “chainsaw” or “massacre” in the title, Netflix has you covered. The streaming giant’s latest original movie, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, is like an “artful ghost story” according to one of its leads, actress Lucy Boynton.

“Everyone had kind of labeled it as a horror film, but it’s much more than that,” says Boynton, who shares the screen with The Affair’s Ruth Wilson. “It takes a look at the existence of ghosts in a deeper, more emotional way.” Think spooky, rather than slasher (but still just as jumpy).

The film follows Lily, a nurse (Ruth Wilson) who moves into a remote country home to take care of Iris, an elderly woman that is also a best-selling author of ghost stories (Paula Prentiss). The twist? The house has a pretty scary story of its own—and that’s where Boynton comes in. “I play Polly Parsons, a character from one of Iris’ books,” says Boyton. “But it turns out that Polly also once lived in the house that Iris and Lily are living in now. And without giving too much away, they realize that her spirit has never really left.”

Even though Boynton has logged her fair share of time on supernatural movie sets (she has another thriller called The Blackcoat’s Daughter in the pipeline), she says she still scares easily when the cameras aren’t rolling. “This was one of those eerie, dark sets,” she says. “Sometimes it would feel completely normal and then sometimes you would come back from lunch and see a wall smeared with fake blood. I would be like, ‘Guys, really?’ I used to sort of avoid watching horror movies, but with this film and others like Rosemary’s Baby or Don’t Look Now, I’ve learned that it can be more about a human experience that turns horrific, rather than empty violence and slashes. I’ve definitely found the beauty in it.”

Source: InStyle