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Ben KingsleySir Ben Kingsley (born 31 December 1943) is an English actor. In a career spanning over 40 years, he has won an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, two Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild awards. He is known for his starring role as Mohandas Gandhi in the 1982 film Gandhi, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He is also known for his performances in the films Schindler’s List (1993), Sexy Beast (2000), Lucky Number Slevin (2006), Shutter Island (2010), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), Hugo (2011), and Iron Man 3 (2013). In 2013 he received the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles ‘Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment.’

 

1. ONE OF THE GREATEST THINGS DRAMA CAN DO, AT IT’S BEST, IS TO REDEFINE THE WORDS WE USE EVERY DAY SUCH AS LOVE, HOME, FAMILY, LOYALTY AND ENVY. TRAGEDY NEED NOT BE A DOWNER.

2. BUT FILMING IS GOOD FOR YOU, BECAUSE THE CREW ISN’T ALLOWED TO LAUGH. YOU CAN’T GET ADDICTED TO GETTING THE LAUGH.

3. THE HIERARCHY OF CLASS IN LONDON WAS RIGID. IT WAS LIKE A RELIGION. IT STILL IS TO A CERTAIN EXTENT.

4. THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO ON A FILM SET. IT IS AN EXTRAORDINARILY INVIGORATING AND WONDERFUL PLACE TO BE, WHEN THINGS ARE RUNNING WELL.

5. I’M VERY IN LOVE WITH THE FACT THAT THE CAMERA IS REVOLTED BY ACTING AND LOVES BEHAVIOUR.

6. AS AN ACTOR THERE’S NO AUTONOMY, UNLESS YOU’RE PREPARED TO RISK THE POSSIBILITY OF STARVING.

7. BUT COMEDY I’D LOVE TO DO AS MUCH AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE.

8. FILMING IS SO MUCH TO DO WITH RHYTHM, AS IS MUSIC, AND IF IT ISN’T THERE THEN YOU KNOW IN THE END NOBODY CAN SAVE IT REALLY, THEY CAN’T.

9. I HAVE NEVER FELT BEREFT OF ANYTHING.

10. I DON’T HONESTLY THINK PEOPLE KNOW WHAT ACTING IS.

11. AS A SINGER, I MIGHT HAVE FALLEN AMONG THIEVES. I WONDER IF I’D STILL BE ALIVE BY NOW.

12. HAMLET IS AN ASTONISHING INTELLIGENCE.

13. I ALWAYS TRY TO FIND SOMETHING I ADMIRE ABOUT EVERY CHARACTER I PLAY.

14. SOMEWHERE IN YOUR CAREER, YOUR WORK CHANGES. IT BECOMES LESS ANAL, LESS CAREFUL AND MORE SPONTANEOUS, MORE TO DO WITH THE INFORMATION THAT YOUR SOUL CARRIES.

15. THERE WAS ONE TITANIC GUIDING LIGHT ON THE FILM SET, AND I WAS IN THE PRESENCE OF A TRUE MAHATMA, IN THE DEEPEST AND MOST PROFOUND SENSE OF THE WORD.

16. I THINK ROMEO AND JULIET IS UPLIFTING. THAT’S HOW MUCH A SON WISHES TO AVENGE HIS FATHER. THAT IS HOW MUCH TWO YOUNG PEOPLE CAN LOVE EACH OTHER.

17. IF YOUR BEST FRIEND HAS STOLEN YOUR GIRLFRIEND, IT DOES BECOME LIFE AND DEATH.

18. I JUST LOVED PLAYING A MAN WHO WAS UNAFRAID OF MAKING AN IDIOT OF HIMSELF IN THE PROCESS OF FALLING IN LOVE. I FOUND THAT ADMIRABLE.

19. I TRY AND REDUCE MYSELF TO AN ALMOST BLANK SLATE AND HOPE TO GOD THAT I AM CREATIVE.

20. I THINK THAT YOU CAN FALL INTO BAD HABITS WITH COMEDY… IT’S A TIGHTROPE TO STAY TRUE TO THE CHARACTER, TRUE TO THE IRONY, AND ALLOW THE IRONY TO HAPPEN.

21. WHEN YOU DROP YOUR GUARD IN FILMS, THE ACTING PROCESS COMPENSATES. YOU GET LAZY AND YOU START ACTING.

22. WHEN I CHOOSE A ROLE IT’S EITHER BECAUSE I RECOGNISE THE MAN, OR THAT I’M VERY CURIOUS TO KNOW HIM. IF I NEITHER RECOGNISE NOR KNOW HIM, THEN IT IS BETTER THAT I DON’T PLAY HIM.

23. ALL THE GREAT WRITERS ROOT THEIR CHARACTERS IN TRUE HUMAN BEHAVIOUR.

24. FIFTEEN YEARS BEFORE I BECAME A SCREEN ACTOR, I WAS IN THE THEATRE. A LOT OF MY WORK WAS COMEDY, WHICH I LOVED DOING. IT’S HARDER.

25. I HAVE A RATHER NAIVE APPROACH, I THINK, TO MY JOB.

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