Wednesday, February 8

Interview Edward Norton: “I think the new versions of Poirot are reheated beans”

Edward Norton, in a frame from the film.

Give life to a kind of Elon Musk in the new installment of ‘Daggers in the Back: The Mystery of the Glass Onion’, which has just hit the billboard

When ‘Puñales por el espalda’ was released in 2019, it received endless praise for its intelligence and the way in which it renewed the genre of ‘whodunit’ (who did it?). Filmmaker Rian Johnson’s film managed to exceed expectations with an engaging thriller, full of surprises and twists. Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc, which combined the false carelessness of Colombo with the style and sharpness of Hercule Poirot, was the icing on the cake to an ensemble cast in which actors such as Ana de Armas or Christopher Plummer shone. Now it comes to the billboard, in a limited way because on December 23 it will land on Netflix, ‘Punches in the back: The mystery of Glass Onion’, where Blanc tries to solve a mystery that exposes issues such as classism, immigration or privilege white. On this occasion, a brilliant Edward Norton (Boston, 53 years old) joins the cast, giving life to Miles Bron, a kind of Elon Musk who has prepared a luxurious weekend for his friends on the Greek island that he owns. . It will be the starting point of the adventure.

-Miles is a very extreme character. Did it occur to you to interpret it like that or was it a collaboration with the director?

-From the beginning it was a collaboration between Rian and me. We both come to the conclusion that Miles has never had an original idea in his life, although he has fooled everyone by boasting that he is very smart. During the filming I was getting ideas from my top hat. I found it fun to overdo it and make it a collage of the best and worst characteristics of many people I know.

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-Were you inspired by Elon Musk?

-In the spring of 2021, some people still looked like geniuses and had not revealed themselves as idiots. He may have inspired me, but I also think Miles is a vain man who identifies with every song he hears. Many great ‘geniuses’ will think it’s about them and that’s fine.

How was working with Rian?

I think he is a meticulous craftsman as a writer and director. It’s wonderful to be able to work on something crafted with such care and awareness because, ironically, it frees you up and allows you to have fun. As a filmmaker he does not intend to approach the whodunit as a museum piece, but as something that lives within the world we all live in, and because reference points and satire can be transparent.

What led you to join this film?

-I thought it was a really mature opportunity to have fun with my role. The entire script is made up of characters that come from places we all know. They are real people and that makes the storytelling absolutely delicious.

-Work less and less…

-26 years have passed since ‘The two faces of the truth’. Working has stopped being fun for me. I need to find stories that I can relate to and have a good time on set. When I read Rian’s script the first time she sent it to me, I ended up laughing out loud. The actors have laughed so much filming the film that, honestly, I can assure you that no other director has ruined more of his own takes in a film.

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-Why does “Daggers in the back” work so well?

-Because everything is new and exciting. I think the new versions of Hercule Poirot, and I mean this with all the love for each version, are reheated beans. The reason this saga works is that Rian has done what Agatha Christie did: weave suspense into the spirit of the moment. She has found a way to have fun with the formula and mechanisms of the genre, but adding the traditions. She knows how to tell jokes like no one on screen.

Do you like the genre?

-I am fascinated by suspense, but I like more to work with someone who has discovered the formula to recover the love for this genre.

-How was filming with so many stars?

-The first day, the director bought us a bar in Belgrade so that we would have a place to go. We all sneaked out at night to bars.

-Did you improvise with Daniel Craig?

-His physical comedy is great. He’s like one of those old French actors inviting the rest of the cast to elevate their performance. He pushed us all to another level with his lack of inhibition. That was good, because, you know, you don’t want to piss off James Bond.

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