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Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy (from left) star in "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." Courtesy Ishika Mohan | Fox Searchlight Pictures
The Cricket: Bill Nighy defies Hollywood’s youth movement

By Sean P. Means

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published May 10 2012 12:22 pm • Last Updated Aug 28 2012 11:33 pm

Bill Nighy has his share of experience in megabudget blockbusters — after all, he played the squid-faced Davy Jones in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise and appeared in the penultimate "Harry Potter" movie as Rufus Scrimgeour, the briefly tenured Minister of Magic.

The movie in which he now appears, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," opened in major cities last weekend opposite "The Avengers" (and opens today in Salt Lake City). It’s not a blockbuster, but Nighy isn’t worried about the competition.

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"I’m quietly confident," Nighy said in a recent phone interview from New York. "It’s going to take more than the Incredible Hulk to endanger Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith."

"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" represents a bold bit of counterprogramming in a summer filled with entertainments aimed at teen audiences. The movie is about and stars English people "of a certain age" — ranging from 59 to 77. (Nighy, at 62, is on the younger end of the scale.)

The movie, adapted from Deborah Moggach’s novel (originally titled These Foolish Things), follows a group of disparate English retirees who decide to outsource their lives to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, a retirement home in Jaipur, India. In the swirl and bustle of modern India, these reserved Englishmen and -women discover new things about themselves.

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Sean P. Means writes The Cricket in daily blog form at www.sltrib.com/blogs/moviecricket. Contact him via email at movies@sltrib.com. Follow him on Twitter @moviecricket or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/themoviecricket.

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