90 Total Quotes

Ben Kingsley Quotes

I have no misconceptions about my dentist because when I go to my dentist I see what he does... Nobody can really understand the process of acting because... we don't want them to.
Ben Kingsley
#Dentist

You can throw away the privilege of acting, but that would be such a shame. The tribe has elected you to tell its story. You are the shaman/healer, that's what the storyteller is, and I think it's important for actors to appreciate that. Too often actors think it's all about them, when in reality it's all about the audience being able to recognize themselves in you. The more you pull away from the public, the less power you have on screen.
Ben Kingsley
#Acting And Actors

There is a lot of creative energy in me right now. In the work I'm now doing, I know that my soul-my soul-is fully articulate.
Ben Kingsley
#Energy

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
#English Actor

If your best friend has stolen your girlfriend, it does become life and death.
Ben Kingsley
#English Actor #Best Friends

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

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
#English Actor #Cinema

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
#English Actor

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
#English Actor

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
#English Actor #Gain

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
#English Actor

Movie magic is movie magic and acting magic is acting magic.
Ben Kingsley
#English Actor #Acting And Actors

Well, it's wonderful to be identified strongly with my work.
Ben Kingsley
#Work #English Actor

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
#English Actor #Man

There's so much crap talked about acting.
Ben Kingsley
#English Actor #Acting And Actors

Hamlet is an astonishing intelligence.
Ben Kingsley
#English Actor #Intelligence

In cinema, the leading player is the director.
Ben Kingsley
#English Actor

It's always very touching when you find a character on the screen who is fiercely defending your character.
Ben Kingsley
#Character

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
#English Actor

I knew India not at all. I mean, I had never been before in my life.
Ben Kingsley
#Life

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
#English Actor

Every time we got something into the camera it was as if we were saying to the 6 million ghosts -- with a wry smile on our faces, and a sense of accomplishment -- ''That's for you!'' [On shooting Schindler's List]
Ben Kingsley
#Movie