Richard Gere, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith on The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

In this exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette, the cast reflect on the real emotions at the heart of this feel-good film sequel

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The Second Best Exotic Hotel plunges us straight back into the feel-good warmth of the first film – a warmth that Richard Gere says draws the big-name actors. 

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“Fewer and fewer of these movies are being made for actors who are interested in playing human emotions, psychology and thoughts and the dilemmas we all find ourselves in our lives. It’s wonderful.”

“When people get to know each other, they’re all the same,” Gere adds. “We’re all worried about the same things.”

The big-names are there in droves as Gere, Tamsin Greig and David Strathairn join Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy to name but a few. 

Of course things aren’t running smoothy. Sonny (Dev Patel) is trying to organise a traditional Indian wedding for himself and Sunaina (Tina Desai), while demands on the hotel continue to grow beyond his capabilities. 

Take a peek behind the scenes here:

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opens in cinemas on 26 February 2015