Ben Kingsley quotes

Born
31 December 1943, Snainton, North Riding of Yorkshire, England.

Occupation
Actor.

Ben Kingsley is an English actor.

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

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

I don’t honestly think people know what acting is.
– Ben Kingsley

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

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.
– 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

They’re a very strange lot actors, very strange people.
– Ben Kingsley

In cinema, the leading player is the director.
– 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 have never felt bereft of anything.
– 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

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

Hamlet is an astonishing intelligence.
– Ben Kingsley

Well, it’s wonderful to be identified strongly with my work.
– Ben Kingsley

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

But comedy I’d love to do as much as humanly possible.
– 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

With narration, you have to be very accurate with your voice. It’s a good exercise to do.
– 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

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

As a singer, I might have fallen among thieves. I wonder if I’d still be alive by now.
– 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

You cannot learn a lesson of profound forgiveness unless you understand what it is to be wounded and forgive that which has wounded you.
– Ben Kingsley

There’s so much crap talked about acting.
– 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

As an actor there’s no autonomy, unless you’re prepared to risk the possibility of starving.
– 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

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 is always something about the villains that I’m able to play, quote unquote, that isn’t villainous.
– Ben Kingsley

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

Equal partners aren’t always what we envision as being manifestly equal. Equality can come in many different shapes and sizes and combinations.
– Ben Kingsley

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

The biggest surprise in a man’s life is old age.
– Ben Kingsley

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