Ben Kingsley Quotes

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

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

“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.” ~

I think the actor has a tribal

“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.” ~

“Sometimes it’s right to do the wrong things and right now is one of those times.” ~

“They’re a very strange lot actors, very strange people.” ~

“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.” ~

Fifteen years before I

“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.” ~

“You cannot learn a lesson of profound forgiveness unless you understand what it is to be wounded and forgive that which has wounded you.” ~

“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.” ~

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

As a singer, I might have

“There have not been any troughs as regards my work. There’s never been a trough of my assurance.” ~

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

“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.” ~

“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'm convinced that had

“The hierarchy of class in London was rigid. It was like a religion. It still is to a certain extent.” ~

“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.” ~

“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.” ~

“All the great writers root their characters in true human behaviour.” ~

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

“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 don’t honestly think people know what acting is.” ~

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

As an actor there's no autonomy,

“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.” ~

“The trick is to try and justify every word on the page and make sure my character is the man who would say that.” ~

“I honestly have no strategy whatsoever. I’m waiting for that script to pop through the letterbox and completely surprise me.” ~

“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.” ~

There is so much to do on

“I have a rather naive approach, I think, to my job.” ~

“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.” ~

“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.” ~

“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.” ~

I think that you can fall

“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.” ~

“I think that most actors, and they’re a very strange lot actors, very strange people, but I think that they All the great writers rootto keep in touch with the child.” ~

“I think I’m more bonded, emotionally and in a craft sense, to films that tell extraordinary stories about extraordinary destinies.” ~

“But filming is good for you, because the crew isn’t allowed to laugh. You can’t get addicted to getting the laugh.” ~

“But comedy I’d love to do as much as humanly possible.” ~

But comedy I'd love to

“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.” ~

“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.” ~

“John Lennon and Ringo Starr liked my songs. I used to write songs and they heard me sing songs on stage in London.” ~