Even actors have self-doubt after some failures. Daniel Craig, who shines as Benoit Blanc in the Knives Out franchise had some serious second thoughts before fulfilling his role in the movie. Although he shined in the role of James Bond, Daniel Craig had his fair share of failures and success stories to his name. In 2011, the Casino Royale actor was seen in a massive failure titled Cowboy & Aliens.
Daniel Craig Was Fearful of The Knives Out Franchise
Daniel Craig is most notably known for his role as the British MI-6 agent James Bond in various movies like Casino Royale, Skyfall, and, No Time To Die. The actor also starred in a 2011 Sci-fi/Action movie titled Cowboys & Aliens. The film follows Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) waking up in a desert with no memories of his past. The protagonist becomes the only hero of the village folk when aliens attack.
Suffice it to say, the film did not gain much traction within the box office records. Receiving only a 6/10 on IMDB and a low of 44% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film was considered to be a general flop. As reported by Deadline, Daniel Craig spoke about the failure of Cowboys & Aliens and how he was scared to continue with the Knives Out franchise because of it.
“When we were filming, we fantasized about it, like you do: ‘It would be quite nice to do another one of these.’ But who knows? You don’t want to make predictions that the movie’s going to be successful. We’ve been there, done that, and failed, on a number of occasions. But the fact that people liked Knives Out so much, and the fact that it was such a success, made us think, Let’s see what happens.”
The “number of occasions” line is a reference to the flop movie Cowboys & Aliens which starred many notable actors such as Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and, Olivia Wilde. It turned out to be false since Knives Out was showered by the people with praises and love.
When Knives Out Became A Hit With The Audience
With an Agatha Christie-esque twist to its tale, Knives Out became an instant blockbuster for the people. The film followed a star-studded cast of Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, and, Ana de Armas along with director Rian Johnson (from Star Wars: The Last Jedi fame).
The movie released its sequel Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery found huge success like its predecessor. The movie debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival on 10th September 2022 followed by a limited one-week theatrical release on 23rd November.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery will be available to stream on Netflix from 23rd December 2022.