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I have a rather naive approach, I think, to my job.
– Ben Kingsley
I think that most actors, and they’re a very strange lot actors, very strange people, but I think that they attempt to keep in touch with the child.
I’m convinced that had I not changed my name, I don’t think I would have had quite the same career curve that I eventually had.
Hopefully, as I get older in the business, I make my choices more accurately, and I perhaps know from either the script or the first meeting that it isn’t going to work.
I think that all of us either lose touch with the child inside us or try and hold onto it because it so precious to us and it’s such an extraordinary part of our lives.
I always try to find something I admire about every character I play.
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.
The camera does not like acting. The camera is only interested in filming behaviour. So you damn well learn your lines until you know them inside out, while standing on your head!
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.
I think that various styles and methods and approaches are an invention of people who don’t understand the process of acting and who try very hard to label things.
Movie magic is movie magic and acting magic is acting magic.
It is better for me to serve a charity as an actor or a voice, rather than at a luncheon being just a celebrity.
In cinema, the leading player is the director.
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.
The hierarchy of class in London was rigid. It was like a religion. It still is to a certain extent.
If your best friend has stolen your girlfriend, it does become life and death.
That hunger of the flesh, that longing for ease, that terror of incarceration, that insistence on tribal honour being obeyed: all of that exists, and it exists everywhere.
I try and reduce myself to an almost blank slate and hope to God that I am creative.
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.
I’m very in love with the fact that the camera is revolted by acting and loves behaviour.
I think the cinema you like has more to do with silence, and the theater you like has more to do with language.
In England, it’s now Sir Ben. Mister has just disappeared. It’s not even on my passport anymore. They’ve taken Mister away from me.
The many many imponderables come together when a film opens and for all sorts of reasons it may or may not succeed.
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.
I would like to make it known, on this program, loud and clear, that I would absolutely embrace with all five of my arms being a Bond villain.
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.
John Lennon and Ringo Starr liked my songs. I used to write songs and they heard me sing songs on stage in London.
When you drop your guard in films, the acting process compensates. You get lazy and you start acting.
When Attenborough asked me to do Gandhi it was almost like stepping off one boat and stepping on to another, even though both boats are going at 60 miles per hour.
As a singer, I might have fallen among thieves. I wonder if I’d still be alive by now.