Hayley Mills follows Judi Dench in the best exotic hotel Marigold – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Hayley Mills, still fondly remembered for Disney classics blissful and The parent trap is checking Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to take her on the road to the UK and then to London’s West End.

Strictly speaking, this is a play based on the book (Deborah Moggach’s those stupid things) which gave birth to a successful film Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in 2011 and this is the continuation of 2015 The second best exotic marigold Hotel. Both films, starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy, did extremely well at the box office.

The screenplays for the films, directed by John Madden, were written by Ol Parker. However, for the scene, Moggach has adapted his own tome about seven British pensioners who leave the Home Counties of England to see the sunset of their years in what they are led to believe is a luxury hotel in Bangalore, in India.

Show Producer Simon Friend (the Dad) told Deadline, “You’ll recognize the characters, but I can’t stress enough that this isn’t a part of the movie. Although we’ve managed to use the same title as the movie because it’s unmistakably recognizable.

Mills will play the recently widowed Evelyn Greenslove, played by Dench onscreen.

It was the second role Mills took that was paired with Dame Judi, after a stage adaptation of the 2004 film ladies with lavender, which featured leading ladies Dench and Smith.

“I’m happy to be following in Judi’s footsteps,” Mills told Deadline.

His father, John Mills (at Ryan’s Daughter) starred with Dench in a 1974 musical theater production of JB Priestley The good companions. “They became great friends. I adore him…my dad absolutely adored him,” Mills said.

Mills, who won an Oscar for his performance in blissful when there were statuettes for juvenile performances, will share residence at Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with a set that includes Paula Wilcox (Trying) as Muriel Donnelly (Dame Maggie played her in the films) and Paul Nicholas (Rum Tum Tugger in the original London production of Cats) as Douglas Ainslie, (Nighy in the movies).

Mills said the piece is a tonic, a life-affirming piece for people in search of hope. “They come to the Marigold Hotel hoping to find a better life. But I don’t know how many of them really believe it’s possible, but they all discover something really fundamental when they’re there” , she said.

Moggach observed that “we mistake old people and forget that they were once children and teenagers. This youthful exuberance does not always dissipate.

Mills agreed. “What we can’t believe when we’re young is that spiritually we don’t change as we get older. We feel the same as us, except we have aches and pains. We look in the mirror and we go, oh my god! “, she said.

But she made a wonderful discovery when she reached a certain age. “To our delight, old people don’t look so old anymore,” she said.

Mills began her career at the age of 12 in 1958. She lamented that it was much harder for a woman to grow old in show business. There are, she said, two choices: “You can fight it with plastic surgery,” or you can age gracefully without having to do any work.

“There’s kind of a fiery hoop that you jump through at a certain point where you finally accept, this is what I look like, this is who I am,” she said. “No one escapes old age unless they die. So let’s embrace it!”

However, Mills said that several years ago she had bags under her eyes removed. “I also had Botox but I’m terrified of it because of what it does to the muscles in your face. If you can’t move your face, how can you act? It scares me. I don’t don’t do that (Botox) anymore.

Mills said she was often surprised that people remembered her. “Oh my god, that was so long ago. How do they recognize me, apart from anything else?”

She answered her own question. “At the risk of being a little corny, I feel, and it’s a very nice feeling, that a lot of people think I’m part of their childhood; the movies I did for Disney in particular they saw when they were young. So many people say, ‘Oh my god, I grew up with you!’ And they show those same movies to their own kids.

During the pandemic shutdowns, new fans discovered her Disney movies on Disney+. However, she receives no residue from the Disney years. “I was paid to make the films and that’s it. Nothing more,” she explained.

She bites her tongue every time she sees blissful merchandise. “Dolls, books, games and all kinds of things with my face,” she said with a sigh.

She wasn’t paid a penny.

But she is a philosopher. “The movies I did with Disney launched my career and I’m still working today,” she said.

She’s excited, she says, about the projects that producer Friend and director Lucy Bailey have for Best Exotic Marigold Hotel tour and its season in London.

His suitcases will be ready for the first performance at the Richmond Theater on August 30. It’s near where she grew up with her father and Mary Hayley Bell, her writer mother.

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