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
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I think the cinema you like has more to do with silence, and the theater you like has more to do with language.
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 the actor has a tribal role as the archetypal story teller.
I think there was a time when the storyteller, the priest, the healer, were all one person in one body. That person used to weave stories at night around a small fire to keep the tribe from being terrified that sun had gone down.
Family is family over the internet, over Skype, over the telephone.
Love is love. You don't have to actually go through some ritual to prove that you love somebody.
With narration, you have to be very accurate with your voice. It's a good exercise to do.
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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.
Equal partners aren't always what we envision as being manifestly equal.
Equality can come in many different shapes and sizes and combinations.
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.
I love storytelling. If you strip all the bits away, what you'll find at the center is a storyteller. As I warm to my career and love it more, I have a sense that storytelling is healing, in many ways. You can reach an audience and heal, and by heal, I mean entertain and provoke. It's a wonderful life.
You cannot learn a lesson of profound forgiveness unless you understand what it is to be wounded and forgive that which has wounded you.
In cinema, the leading player is the director.
As an actor there's no autonomy, unless you're prepared to risk the possibility of starving.
As a singer, I might have fallen among thieves. I wonder if I'd still be alive by now.
The leaping Jaguar on the bonnet, to me, makes it look more like a hunter than something that is getting away. It's a hunter. Richard III definitely would have had a chauffeur driven Jaguar MK X.
The number of choices you make in the event that you see on stage, those choices are sometimes largely determined by the rehearsal process and the experiments that you go through and the choices that you make in the rehearsal room, not in front of an audience.
The biggest surprise in a man's life is old age.
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.
I've never had to turn my hand to anything for monetary gain, other than pretending to be somebody else. I'm deeply fortunate.
If you are a libertine, if you're not given to long-term faithful relationships, you tend to project your behavior onto everyone else. It's like the person who knows they're not trustworthy; they tend to mistrust everyone else.
I've met quite a number of people in my career, but I do have an extraordinary memory. And even though they may drift into the periphery of my memory, I can bring them right back when I need them.
I do believe female directors, as well as our female writer, can bring out male vulnerability that some men can't because they can't face it.
I told myself that I would not go back to the camps as an actor ever again, that I was very frightened of wearing a yellow star. It was fear, it was cowardice, I was.
All the great writers root their characters in true human behaviour.
I'm very in love with the fact that the camera is revolted by acting and loves behaviour.
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.
But filming is good for you, because the crew isn't allowed to laugh.
You can't get addicted to getting the laugh.
There have not been any troughs as regards my work. There's never been a trough of my assurance.
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.
The hierarchy of class in London was rigid. It was like a religion. It still is to a certain extent.
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.
I honestly have no strategy whatsoever.
I'm waiting for that script to pop through the letterbox and completely surprise me.
John Lennon and Ringo Starr liked my songs.
I used to write songs and they heard me sing songs on stage in London.
What is chess, do you think? Those who play for fun or not at all dismiss it as a game. The ones who devote their lives to it for the most part insist that it's a science. It's neither. Bobby Fischer got underneath it like no one before and found at its center, art.
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.
I think that Shakespeare had his male side and his female side extremely well developed. And this was a great quality of the Elizabethan, all-around Renaissance man. They were not afraid of their male side and their female side co-existing. This somewhere along the line got lost. And then it got misunderstood.
I think I'm more bonded, emotionally and in a craft sense, to films that tell extraordinary stories about extraordinary destinies.
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.
But comedy I'd love to do as much as humanly possible.
I have a rather naive approach, I think, to my job.
If your best friend has stolen your girlfriend, it does become life and death.
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.
I try and reduce myself to an almost blank slate and hope to God that I am creative.
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!
Working in film, if you work with great directors, you learn that after every take you must let go. Sitting with my wife at the Academy Awards, we both let the moment just go.
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.
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.
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.
There's so much crap talked about acting.
You want to know what I want? I'll tell you what I want.
I want back what Bobby Fischer took with him when he disappeared.