David Suchet reveals his thoughts on John Malkovich’s new Poirot

Want to know what Poirot actor David Suchet thinks of his replacement?

Well, as we should have guessed, the 73-year-old English actor is far too classy to say.

Suchet played Poirot for 24 years in ITV’s Agatha Christie’s Poirot series, appearing in 70 episodes.

Having adapted all of Agatha Christie’s novels and short stories featuring the Belgian detective, he retired from the role in 2013.

The character returned to TV screens last Christmas, however, played by John Malkovich in a new three-part adaptation of The ABC Murders.

Critics and fans gave the actor a positive reception, on the whole.

Inevitably, when David Suchet recently appeared on This Morning, hosts Phil and Holly couldn’t resist asking him what he thought of Malkovich’s performance.

Ever the gentleman, Suchet responded: “I knew whenever I had a television interview that I would be asked about the latest one.”

Confirming that he’s deliberately not watched The ABC Murders, he explained: “…that avoids me having to give an opinion, because it’s not right. It’s not right for me to sit here in judgement of other actors’ work.”

Suchet commented: “Characters have to move on, we have to evolve, and that’s art. But I didn’t watch it, and now I have no opinion, and that’s best.”

Kenneth Branagh will be back as Poirot next year in a sequel to 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express.

Death on the Nile is set for release in October 2020, with a very impressive cast lined up to join Branagh.

Poirot: The Complete Cases Collection DVD box set is available on Amazon.