In an amazing case of cross-brand promotion, the cast of Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express (out 10th November) have revealed to Entertainment Weekly that they played Werewolf every Friday night while in London.
Just like in Murder on the Orient Express, Werewolf is a game of whodunit, where players are tasked with finding out who the werewolves are amongst them. Everyone is dealt a card at the start, telling them who they are. The two werewolves know who they are, and can work together to frame villagers. After every round, the villagers go to sleep, and the werewolves take another prey, so the villagers must be fast in their decision-making.
The regular Werewolf players consisted of Leslie Odom Jr., Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley, Tom Bateman, Marwan Kenzari, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Michelle Pfeiffer and Olivia Coleman with ‘guest’ appearances from Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and J.J. Abrams (now that is a film I’d like to see!) They would meet at Josh Gad’s hotel, eat drink and play Werewolf for hours. Gad was happy to pay the food and drink bill for a chance to have his friends over for a game.
While Ridley describes Olivia Coleman as one of the best among them, and Odom Jr. portraying Willam Dafoe as a “master”, Josh Gad admits
“Penélope is as shrewd as they come. She is so manipulative and so good, and she’s got those doe eyes, and she just makes you fall in love with her, and she can’t possibly be a killer. But she was the most experienced.”
But also adding,
“of all of the people who had never played before, Leslie Odom was the best player. He really just did an amazing job of manipulating all of us into thinking he was our friend and over and over again kept killing us.”
It’s hard to believe that any one of these talented actors, would not be able to get into character for the game. However, Daisy Ridley was supposedly the worst by far, as she confirms that she would laugh every time she was a werewolf. Now if only she was as bad at keeping Star Wars secrets!