Ben Kingsley Quotes on Movies (23 Quotes)


    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.

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

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



    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.

    I try not to make it easy for myself. I try very hard to stay in the moment. I'm not an actor who psyches himself up for a take. I do the opposite. I actually try and reduce, reduce, reduce, reduce, reduce and get to what I call a flat line or a zero.

    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!

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

    I enjoy this status so much, feeling that I'm close to the heart of the tribe as an actor, a storyteller, a troubadour, but socially quite distant because I don't fit into any particular comfortable slot.

    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.

    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.

    In cinema, the leading player is the director.

    I am-hello-an actor, an entertainer, a song-and-dance man. can do anything.

    Shock is shock. Your body goes into shock, regardless of it being real blood or fake blood. The mind sends powerful messages to all the various glands and secretions in the body. It's impossible trying to act it it just happens. It's a very important question no acting.

    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.

    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.

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

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

    If people are generous with their information, then the actor can use that information lovingly and respectfully.

    Movie magic is movie magic and acting magic is acting magic.

    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.

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


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