EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Director John Madden Talks 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

Wednesday, 02 May 2012 11:49
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Opening in theaters on May 4th is the new film from Academy Award-nominated director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, The Debt) called The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which was based on the novel These Foolish Things by author Deborah Moggach. The film stars several celebrated British actors including Oscar-winners Judi Dench (Notes on a Scandal) and Maggie Smith (TV's Downtown Abbey), Oscar-nominee Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton), Bill Nighy (The Constant Gardener), Celia Imrie (Calendar Girls), Ronald Pickup (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), Penelope Wilton (Match Point), and Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire).

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with director John Madden to talk about his work on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The director discussed his new film, competing with The Avengers, adapting the screenplay from the novel, assembling the impressive cast of British actors, shooting in India, and adding a special scene for Judi Dench and Maggie Smith to have together. 

To watch our exclusive interview with director John Madden about The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, please click on the video player above. 


British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways. 

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opens in theaters on May 4th.