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Ben Kingsley Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Ben Kingsley.

In cinema, the leading player is the director.
- Ben Kingsley

I think if I were to go back on stage I might be in great danger of acting.
- Ben Kingsley

There's so much crap talked about acting.
- Ben Kingsley

If your best friend has stolen your girlfriend,
it does become life and death.
- Ben Kingsley

 

Well, it's wonderful to be identified strongly with my work.
- Ben Kingsley

I always try to find something I admire about every character I play.
- Ben Kingsley

I don't honestly think people know what acting is.
- Ben Kingsley

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I try and reduce myself to an almost blank slate and
hope to God that I am creative.
- Ben Kingsley

I have never felt bereft of anything.
- Ben Kingsley

But comedy I'd love to do as much as humanly possible.
- Ben Kingsley

All the great writers root their characters in true human behaviour.
- Ben Kingsley

I have a rather naive approach, I think,
to my job.
- Ben Kingsley

Movie magic is movie magic and acting magic is acting magic.
- Ben Kingsley

Hamlet is an astonishing intelligence.
- Ben Kingsley

John Lennon and Ringo Starr liked my songs.
I used to write songs and they heard me sing songs on stage in London.
- Ben Kingsley

I've never had to turn my hand to anything for monetary gain,
other than pretending to be somebody else.
I'm deeply fortunate.
- Ben Kingsley

As an actor there's no autonomy, unless you're prepared
to risk the possibility of starving.
- Ben Kingsley

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.
- Ben Kingsley

I think I'm more bonded, emotionally and in a craft sense,
to films that tell extraordinary stories about extraordinary destinies.
- Ben Kingsley

When you drop your guard in films, the acting process compensates.
You get lazy and you start acting.
- Ben Kingsley

I was fortunate as a young actor, to go straight to the RSC,
where I learned that being an actor can bring with
it wonderful responsibilities.
- Ben Kingsley

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.
- Ben Kingsley

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.
- Ben Kingsley

I'm very in love with the fact that the camera is revolted
by acting and loves behaviour.
- Ben Kingsley

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.
- Ben Kingsley

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.
- Ben Kingsley

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.
- Ben Kingsley

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.
- Ben Kingsley

I do remember, as a child, that I always imagined,
when I was maybe 6 or 7, my fantasy was that everywhere
I went I was being followed by an invisible film crew.
- Ben Kingsley

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.
- Ben Kingsley

It is better for me to serve a charity as an actor or a voice,
rather than at a luncheon being just a celebrity.
- Ben Kingsley

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!
- Ben Kingsley

The many many imponderables come together when a film
opens and for all sorts of reasons it may or may not succeed.
- Ben Kingsley

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.
- 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.
- Ben Kingsley

I think the cinema you like has more to do with silence,
and the theater you like has more to do with language.
- Ben Kingsley

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.
- Ben Kingsley

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.
- Ben Kingsley

As a singer, I might have fallen among thieves.
I wonder if I'd still be alive by now.
- Ben Kingsley

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.
- Ben Kingsley

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.
- Ben Kingsley

If I were to play somebody who ran a fish and chip shop,
I would not work in a fish and chip shop for three months.
Staring at chips is not going to help me in my performance.
- Ben Kingsley

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.
- Ben Kingsley

There have not been any troughs as regards my work.
There's never been a trough of my assurance.
- Ben Kingsley

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.
- Ben Kingsley

The hierarchy of class in London was rigid.
It was like a religion.
It still is to a certain extent.
- Ben Kingsley

With narration, you have to be very accurate with your voice.
It's a good exercise to do.
- Ben Kingsley

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.
- Ben Kingsley

But filming is good for you, because the crew isn't allowed to laugh.
You can't get addicted to getting the laugh.
- Ben Kingsley

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.
- Ben Kingsley

I honestly have no strategy whatsoever.
I'm waiting for that script to pop through the letterbox
and completely surprise me.
- Ben Kingsley

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.
- Ben Kingsley

The trick is to try and justify every word on the page
and make sure my character is the man who would say that.
- Ben Kingsley

I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated.
The very earliest people who made film were magicians.
- Francis Ford Coppola

Cinema is a matter of what's in the frame and what's out.
- Martin Scorsese

Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.
- Jean-Luc Godard

From now on, I approach the cinema as a business woman.
I intend to be in more action movies because,
apart from Angelina Jolie, no other actress stands out in this genre.
- Milla Jovovich

Although for some people cinema means something superficial and glamorous,
it is something else.
I think it is the mirror of the world.
- Jeanne Moreau

Doing cinema is not about watching yourself.
- Charlotte Rampling

The whole aspect of cinema and film festivals should
be a moment to come together and celebrate art and humanity.
It would be a shame if there was such a divide.
- Keanu Reeves

You can lose in cinema too if you don't put on a good performance.
- Eric Cantona

I'm a huge fan of world cinema, because each country
uses cinema in a very individual way.
- Mike Figgis

I was in jail four and a half years.
When I came out, I continued the same struggle against injustice,
but instead of using weapons, I began to use art and cinema.
- Mohsen Makhmalbaf

I feel very proud that we have managed to stay together.
In these forty years we have made forty-six films.
Each one has brought a certain name and contribution to cinema.
- Ismail Merchant

Cinema has only been around for about 100 years.
Has all of the world's violence towards women taken
place only within the past 100 years?
- Richard King

I work for the public, for the people who are paying to go to the cinema,
rather than for the critics.
- Kevin Costner

Now more than ever we need to talk to each other,
to listen to each other and understand how we see the world,
and cinema is the best medium for doing this.
- Martin Scorsese

I like cinema.
I am very fond of it.
But from time to time I feel like having some time on my own.
- Patrice Leconte

Is the cinema more important than life?
- Francois Truffaut

Because there is so little room for expression otherwise,
a lot of people love cinema because they find it a
way of expressing themselves.
- Mohsen Makhmalbaf

I also wanted to express the strength of cinema to hide reality,
while being entertaining.
Cinema can fill in the empty spaces of your life and your loneliness.
- Pedro Almodovar


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