Dev Patel Talks About “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
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Dev Patel (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “The Last Airbender”) returns to the big screen in the excellent movie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” He plays Sonny, the owner of the Marigold Hotel. Patel proved that he has comedic chops and he gained the respect of his talented co-stars such as Dame Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, and Tom Wilkinson.
Directed by John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love,” “The Debt”), and written by Ol Parker from the book “These Foolish Things” by Deborah Moggach, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is currently sitting at No. 6 at the Top 10 Box-Office Films. And it’s quite miraculous that at only 300 + theaters, the film has amassed $10.2 million. Moviegoers are falling in love with the film.
In this interview, Patel and I talked about:
*** Why viewers are responding positively to the film
*** What attracted him to the character Sonny?
*** Dench has proclaimed that Dev is a “born comedian” and that the actor has bewitched the cast. How did he bewitch them?
*** Madden said Dev is a “spectacular talent” and a “comic natural.” How was it working with the director?
Transcripts / Production notes / Scripts
A group of British retirees decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past.
In Theaters May 4, 2012
MPAA Rating PG-13 (for for sexual content and language)
Genres Adaptation, Comedy, Drama
Run Time 2 hours 4 minutes
Distributors Fox Searchlight Pictures
Box Office $750,301
DIRECTOR -- John Madden
Judi Dench -- Evelyn Greenslade
Bill Nighy -- Douglas Ainslie
Penelope Wilton -- Jean Ainslie
Dev Patel -- Sonny Kapoor
Celia Imrie -- Madge Hardcastle
Ronald Pickup -- Norman Cousins
Year of Production: 2012
Country: United States