Helen Mirren on The Hundred-Foot Journey
In 2013 Lasse Hallström’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen pulled down three Golden Globe nominations, for Best Comedy or Musical and for stars Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt. Now he is back as the director of The Hundred-Foot Journey adapted from the Richard Morais’ novel with a screenplay by Steven Knight. The film, produced by none other than Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, tells of the travails of an Indian family that relocates to the South of France and endeavors to open an Indian restaurant across the way from Madame Mallory’s (Helen Mirren) traditional French establishment, facing fierce opposition from that culinary doyenne. After Jon Favreau’s Chef, Journey is the second major Hollywood offering this year to put food – and the deep way it can affect us and our relationships – at the center of its plot. We talked about it exclusively with three-time winner, eleven-time nominee for a Golden Globe, Dame Helen Mirren.