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Kenneth Branagh's super sleuth leaves fans in a stir over bushy facial fuzz

By Katie Archer

Sir Kenneth Branagh may be clued in when it comes to landing top roles - but eyebrows have been raised at his facial hair as he takes on the role of classic character Hercule Poirot.

The first trailer previewing the Belfast-born actor as the Belgian sleuth in another big screen adaptation of Murder On The Orient Express has led to comparisons with other actors who took on the famous role.

And the facial fuzz has led to a 'Clash of the Tache' on social media, with comparisons ranging from local comedian Jake O'Kane to the Pringles logo.

The much-loved detective has been portrayed by a long list of actors over the years, including Austin Trevor, John Moffatt, Albert Finney, Sir Peter Ustinov, Sir Ian Holm, Tony Randall, Alfred Molina, Orson Welles, John Mangan and, of course, David Suchet.

One Twitter user gave his verdict on Branagh's appearance: "When you want to play Poirot, but you also want to upstage every other actor who played him with your 10lb moustache."

ComSymp Kane posted a photo of Poirot as played by David Suchet. "He should have a moustache you could use as a template for a batarang, not that monstrosity on Branagh's face," the disgruntled fan wrote.

Debbie M wrote: "Branagh's tache is not a Poirot tache - way too bushy. But hey, Johnny Depp is the one they kill, right? That's something."

William Young said it looked like Branagh's moustache was computer generated.

Others were a little more forgiving.

Mark Brown posted: "As distracting as Branagh's moustache is, his Poirot voice is pretty good. Can't wait!"

And 'Rei' said that "Kenneth Branagh is a good choice for Poirot".

Agatha Christie's 1934 detective novel has been adapted a number of times for the screen and will get its latest outing in November with an all-star cast.

Branagh also directs the film, which will be released 43 years on from the most famous adaptation, which starred Albert Finney as Poirot.

Hollywood A-listers who are joining Sir Ken on the production include Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Derek Jacobi, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad and Willem Dafoe.

The trailer shows Depp and co dressed in glamorous 1930s outfits as they take the ill-fated train ride through a snowy, mountainous landscape.

Murder On The Orient Express is due to be released in cinemas on November 3.

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