David Suchet on his Poirot farewell

Actor David Suchet has spoken about playing detective Hercule Poirot in the popular ITV drama for the final time.

Talking ahead of the programme airing on ITV he told This Morning he couldn’t quite believe after a quarter of a century the story was now complete.

I find it extraordinary that I’m sat here talking to you about the fact that it is the end… I can’t believe it either. Those 25 years… where has it gone and how has it happened? I don’t know.

It is genuinely like saying good bye to your best friend. I have a big career outside of Poirot, but Poirot will always remain with me. No one knew whether we would actually finish it [and complete them all] it was never in the grand design.

On how the look of Poirot changes in tonight’s final episode David revealed how he lost weight to play the aged and ill detective.

It was the first time Agatha Christie ever changed his physical appearance, ever, in all her books, and it was the first time I’ve never worn padding as the character.

I lost two and a half stone and they put prosthetics on my hands because he is riddled with arthritis and in a wheelchair.

Curtain is Poirot’s last ever case in which the immobilised detective calls on his old friend Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser) for assistance as they return to the scene of their first case, Styles Court, to try and prevent an imminent murder.

David Suchet has worn the moustachioed Belgian sleuth’s polished spats very successfully since 1988 when he accepted the role. His first film, The Adventure of the Clapham Cook, was broadcast on January 8th 1989. Speaking about how he currently feels post filming, David admitted:

Well today, because it’s on tonight, its a big day for me and tonight I will be sitting down with my wife and we will watch the end… and my emotions today are extraordinary, they really are like a yo yo going up and down. Its an odd thing because I didn’t expect it so I didn’t know how to prepare for it.

It has always been David’s ambition to bring Agatha Christie’s amazing canon of works to completion. Over 25 years David has accomplished 70 adaptations including the iconic and best-known title Murder on the Orient Express.

Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case, tonight (Wednesday 13th November) at 8pm on ITV.  This Morning airs weekdays from 10.30am on ITV.
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