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Our favourite movie moustaches to celebrate Movember #MurderOnTheOrientExpress


It's been four decades since Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express was last given the big-screen treatment and this week the latest (and much anticipated) version hits cinemas nationwide thanks to director Kenneth Branagh.

Armed with an eclectic "who's-who" of Hollywood A-listers including Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Willem Dafoe, Dame Judi Dench and Branagh himself, the film is shaping up to be one of the biggest hits of the autumn season.

But it's perhaps Branagh's magnificent moustache as famed detective Hercule Poirot (pictured below) that has grabbed the early attention. So with that in mind, and to celebrate both the release of the film and the onset of "Movember", here are five other famous movie moustaches...

Ron Burgundy – Anchorman

Always staying classy is The World's Best Anchorman Ron (Will Ferrell), whose well-tailored suits make Frank Sinatra look like a hobo – but not far behind is his fabulous moustache, which is just as much a part of his charm and charisma.

Brushed daily as seen in the opening moments of the first film, his facial hair is as distinctive as it is legendary and has the ladies going wild. Will we see it again one day? Fans are hopeful of a third film but it seems unlikely given the relatively muted box-office of the sequel. We still love it, and the moustache, very much.

White Goodman – Dodgeball

Nobody makes White (Ben Stiller) bleed his own blood – after all he needs to keep his 1970's-inspired horseshoe moustache well groomed and clear of such things.

Stiller was perhaps never better cast than as Globo-Gym owner White Goodman who, after many years pumping iron, became the premium purveyor of the gum circuit before turning his attention to Dodgeball and taking down Average Joe's. The moustache is a stunning and bold statement of White's cool if somewhat unorthodox demeanour.

Bill the Butcher – Gangs of New York

Perhaps the darkest of characters on our list is Bill The Butcher from Martin Scorsese's somewhat underrated 2002 epic.

As magnificent as ever in the role is Daniel Day-Lewis who, if recent reports are to be believed, will soon retire from acting and leave a giant hole in the cinema landscape.

Day-Lewis was at his explosive best in this role as the film’s main villain who kills Leonardo DiCaprio's on-screen father (played by Liam Neeson) no less – booo! With his stupendously extravagant moustache in tow, it's one of the great actor’s darkest performances that's as good as anything he has done.

Lt. Aldo Raine – Inglourious Basterds

As much as he wants his scalps, Lt. Aldo Raine (brilliant played by Brad Pitt) is all about keeping himself in good nick: his simple, groomed moustache is as prominent as the one on the "bad man" they are hunting – you know the one!

Possibly Pitt's finest hour as an actor, his collaboration with Quentin Tarantino is a joy from start to finish and one of the director's most gleefully enjoyable efforts.

Comissioner Gordon – The Dark Knight trilogy/Justice League

The embodiment of true justice and incorruptibility, Commissioner Gordon is as much a symbol for Gotham City as Batman himself.

Brought to life by many esteemed actors over the years (most famously Gary Oldman), it's the character’s distinctive moustache that makes him most recognisable. In a few weeks he returns in in Justice League as played by Whiplash Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons – the movie is due for release on 17th November, and yes Gordon keeps his facial hair.

Lando Calrissian – The Star Wars trilogy/Solo: A Star Wars Story

We travel to find the best moustache in a galaxy far, far away – one that is poised to return in next summer's origin story.

Best friend of Han Solo (apart from that minor betrayal in The Empire Strikes Back), Calrissian (originally played by Billy Dee Williams) forms an important part of the Resistance to fight the Empire – all the while sporting a wonderful lip caterpillar that Community star Donald Glover is bringing back to life very soon.

Borat – Borat

Yekshemesh! One of the most recognisable moustached men in all the world is the Kazakhstan-born journalist as created by Sacha Baron Cohen.

Borat is the friendly, if ridiculously un-PC, tourist who travels across the USA in his documentary film clashing with the locals on politics, gender roles and sexuality, eventually culminating in the attempt to kidnap Baywatch star Pamela Anderson. All in a day's work for our crazy, moustached fish-out-of-water, who even finds time for a naked wrestle with his manager.

Click here to book your tickets for Murder on the Orient Express, opening this Friday, and tweet us your favourite movie moustaches @Cineworld.

Scott J. Davis is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.

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