Daniel Craig Says He ‘Blankly Ignored’ Directions To Speak With A Southern Accent In The Knives Out Sequel

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Daniel Craig has hilariously admitted that in his new movie Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery he “flatly ignored” instructions to speak with a southern accent.

The actor, 54, who plays private investigator Benoir Blanc in the mystery sequel, made the confession during an appearance on Friday’s The Graham Norton Show.

And when asked about Angela Lansbury’s cameo, he replied of the late star – who passed away in October at the age of 96: “It was her very last screen appearance.” She was so wild. I was a fan – Bedknobs and Broomsticks is still one of my favorite films.’

Funny: Daniel Craig has admitted he flat-out ignored directions to speak with a Southern accent in the Knives Out sequel, while praising the late Angela Lansbury for her cameo

He added, “There was a very little directing in the script stating that Benoir Blanc has a subtle, lilting southern accent, which I obviously flatly ignored!”

When talking about whether there would be more Knives Out movies, he said, “Rian (Johnson) and I talk about them all the time and we’ll make them as long as people are laughing and enjoying them, and we’ll walk away if they do.” don’t.’

Graham also welcomed Strictly contestant Fleur East, TUSEN newsreader Clive Myrie, actor Sir Ian McKellen, comedian John Bishop and singer Charlie Puth.

Tragic: Angela died in October at the age of 96 (pictured in 2019)

Tragic: Angela died in October at the age of 96 (pictured in 2019)

Fleur, speaking of Strictly and her perfect scores in Blackpool, said: “It’s the show’s most iconic week and to get there and score so well was incredible, especially as it was tough to be in the dance twice to be and to have a lot of harsh criticism.’

When asked about the Strictly curse, the Sax hitmaker – who tied the knot with her long-term partner Marcel Badiane-Robin in 2019 – said: ‘The show has been a blessing to my marriage, it’s been amazing.

“We’ve been together for 12 years and how many times in your marriage do you dress up and look different every week, and get the chance to do all those sexy dances in front of your husband?

Hilarious: He said,

Hilarious: He said, “There was a very little stage direction in the script saying that Benoir Blanc has a subtle, lilting southern accent, which I obviously flatly ignored!”

Huge fan: When asked about Angela's cameo in the movie, he replied,

Huge fan: When asked about Angela’s cameo in the movie, he replied, “It was her very last screen appearance. She was so game’

‘After the Argentine tango, it was like we were married again! It was amazing.’

Clive said in covering the war in Ukraine: ‘I was asked to go and I thought to myself ‘I’ve never been there and he’s not going to invade, so why not?’

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“We landed and had a lovely lunch, it was sunny and people were around and between the 6pm and 10pm news bulletins the mood changed completely and at 2.30am it came in. It was extraordinary.’

Incredibly, Graham also welcomed Strictly contestant Fleur East, BBC newsreader Clive Myrie (pictured), actor Sir Ian McKellen, comedian John Bishop and singer Charlie Puth

Wow!  Clive, in covering the war in Ukraine, said: 'I was asked to go and I thought to myself: "I've never been there and he won't barge in, so why not?"'

Incredibly, Graham also welcomed Strictly contestant Fleur East, TUSEN newsreader Clive Myrie (pictured), actor Sir Ian McKellen, comedian John Bishop and singer Charlie Puth

What a pair!  Ian (left) and John (right) joined Graham to talk about starring together in the West End pantomime Mother Goose

What a pair! Ian (left) and John (right) joined Graham to talk about starring together in the West End pantomime Mother Goose

Talented: Talking about Strictly and her perfect scores in Blackpool, Fleur said: 'It's the show's most iconic week and to get there and score so well was incredible'

Really?  Asked about the strict curse, the Sax hitmaker said: 'The show has been a blessing to my marriage, it's been amazing'

Talented: Talking about Strictly and her perfect scores in Blackpool, Fleur said: ‘It’s the show’s most iconic week and to get there and score so well was incredible’

Asked about hosting Mastermind, and asked if he was concerned about his reputation by moving away from serious journalism, he said, “I wasn’t worried about that because it’s always good to show people that you’re not robot newsreader.

“I was worried about following in the footsteps of John Humphrys and Magnus Magnusson, broadcasting talents – that was the worry.”

Ian and John joined Graham to talk about starring together in the West End pantomime Mother Goose.

In his element: Charlie sang his new single Loser, before having a chat with Graham

In his element: Charlie sang his new single Loser, before having a chat with Graham

Talking about playing the lead, Ian said: ‘I wanted to play a lady one more time and Mother Goose is a great role for a lady because it’s the center of the story.

“When I was a kid, pantos started on Boxing Day and went on until Easter and they also went on tour, so I thought if we combined that, we’d see if it worked. It’s really a passion project and I love it, and I’m in love with John Bishop.”

Talking about playing Ian’s first ever stage man, John asked if it’s hard as a stand-up to share the spotlight, said: ‘I’m doing it, like everybody else, to get the chance to work together with Ian.’

Speaking of the pantomime, John added, “It’s not about Christmas, it’s about fame, money and chasing your dreams, and realizing they’re not the same thing.” In between are some crude jokes and singing!’

Charlie sang his new single Loser, before chatting to Graham.

Speaking about how everyday sounds inspire him, he said, “Music can be made of anything,” before demonstrating how the beeping of a car’s ignition can create new music, including his take on the Mastermind theme.

The Graham Norton Show airs on TUSEN One on Friday 25 November at 10.40pm. Also available on TUSEN iPlayer.

Watch closely: The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One on Friday 25 November at 10.40pm.  Also available on BBC iPlayer (LR: Ian, John, Daniel, Fleur, Clive)

Watch closely: The Graham Norton Show airs on TUSEN One on Friday 25 November at 10.40pm. Also available on TUSEN iPlayer (LR: Ian, John, Daniel, Fleur, Clive)

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