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'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel's John Madden: 'Judi Dench is so unique'

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Director John Madden has opened up about working with his Best Exotic Marigold Hotel stars Dame Judi Dench and Tom Wilkinson.

Dench and Wilkinson round out an all-star cast for the British comedy film, which also includes Dev Patel, Dame Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton.

Director John Madden and his wife smile for the cameras

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In an interview with USA Today, Madden suggested that Dench shares many similarities with the grieving woman she plays in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

"Judi finds it easier to play a part very different from who she is, [but] she is like Evelyn in terms of the outward manifestations," the filmmaker said.

"She was initially alarmed to find the role was very like her. She thought people wouldn't be interested in it. It was hard to persuade her that the opposite would be true."

Actor Tom Wilkinson
Madden also lavished praise on Wilkinson, whom he previously directed on The Debt and Shakespeare in Love.

"He is a very rare beast. He is astoundingly versatile," Madden said of Wilkinson. "He can play the most imperious maligned soul imaginable at one moment, and then he can play a decent nobody and pull it all off effortlessly.

"I do not know quite how he's doing what he is doing. He just works off basic instinct."

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is now playing in US cinemas. The movie opened in the UK in February.

Watch a trailer for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel below:

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