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Friday's Connector: Ben Kingsley

April 12th, 2010
06:07 PM ET

Born to an Indian father and English mother, Ben Kingsley has had a stellar career on both stage and screen - winning a Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award for his work.

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Kingsley began his career on stage, but he quickly moved to films - his first supporting role was in the 1972 movie "Fear is the Key".

Although Kingsley featured in a number of television programs and movies, it wasn't until his Academy award winning performance in the film "Gandhi" in 1982 that he became a global star.

Both critics and audiences praised his performance.

Kingsley went on to star in a number of other critically acclaimed movies including "Bugsy", "Searching for Bobby Fischer", "Schindler's List", "Sexy Beast" and "House of Sand and Fog".

Kingsley is currently promoting his role in a new campaign aimed at imposing a Robin Hood tax on financial institutions.  http://www.youtube.com/user/RobinHoodTax

The campaign calls for a 0.05% tax on share transactions between financial institutions such as investment banks.

soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Ashiru

    Ashiru Kano Nageria, here is my queistion: more explain about robin hood tax and why its promote only in financial instuations leave other sectors.

    April 12, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  2. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Krishna Pandit Bhanji (Ben Kingsley) and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Krishna Pandit Bhanji to the following questions:
    – Why should financial institutions, such as investment banks, pay more taxes during the world economic crisis?
    – What has triggered you to play Charles Curtis on your coming big screen movie " Whispers Like Thunder "?
    – What can we expect from you in 2010?
    – What is your opinion on the current relationship between India and Pakistan?
    – How are you inspiring people all over the world to make our world a Better Healthier and Beautiful Place?

    I am awaiting Krishna Pandit Bhanji’s replies.

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    April 12, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  3. Federico

    what was your inspiration for portraying such a strong character in House of Sand and Fog?

    thanks! u rock!

    April 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  4. Tina c

    While is that some of the banks always have a problem and i want you to give them a better solution or a way out from their problem.

    April 15, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  5. andrew bell

    this is not a question at all and I know that you won't post a response to it but that's fine. I just want you to know that i trully appreciate what a priveledge it has been for me to have lived while you were still acting. You are a tremendous talent and an inspiration to all of us.
    Thank you very much and I hope that you keep acting for a long time, as I will never stop cherishing your work

    April 15, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
  6. John Dinwiddie

    I am always looking for the actor who can create, step into,
    manage character, and that level of acting, real acting, seems
    to be making a comeback for which your career has been an
    example of leadership.

    Professional actors know what the layman often doesn't, that
    creating character and acting from within that creation is also what
    we all do in our trial and error childhood assembly of personality,
    ego, character. As an actor who certainly thinks about such matters,
    what does the creation of alter egos, new characters, that comes
    with every new contract do to your own default, private character,
    the one your neighbors know?

    Thanks for your outstanding craftsmanship and high standards
    in role selection.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
  7. hema666

    i want to ask u mr ben about the short movie u did about the muslims Scientists in the past..... how the idea of it came ??? and why did u do it ???

    this is from egypt.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:07 pm |
  8. Speedbird8302

    Dear Sir Ben,
    Would it be possible to send a photograph of yourself please?


    April 15, 2010 at 8:26 pm |
  9. Peter111

    Did playing Ghandi influence your spiritual life and if yes how far did this reach?

    April 15, 2010 at 8:42 pm |
  10. Magda Papanikolaou

    Which role had the biggest impact on your life?

    April 15, 2010 at 9:34 pm |
  11. Thomas ter Horst

    Dear mr Kingsley,

    I have heard actors say that "to be able to play a character accurately, you have to really see the world through the characters eyes". In the case of playing a character like Ghandi this seems quite an abitious goal. Has playing the role of Ghandi changed you as a person and has it given you a different perspective on life?

    Thank you for your inspiring work.

    The Netherlands

    April 15, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  12. Sylvie

    Dear Mr Kingsley, I have written a story around your apparent character, for an animation movie. As a result, a French animation movie director and a producer have optioned it separately. Unfortunately, the present financial crisis is not helping and I am afraid this project will not see the light of day. Your part is that of a magician in the ancient Bactrian empire.
    The project is written in French. Would you like to see it?

    April 15, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  13. Duo

    Amazing in "Ghandi"; Awesome in "Sexy Beast". So wonderful to have a soulful, poignant actor like you doing films. Question – do you subscribe to any particular acting method?

    Keep rocking!

    – D

    April 16, 2010 at 12:36 am |
  14. Chris

    HI Ben,

    I'm a huge fan of yours and think that you are one of the greatest actors. Please don't take this the wrong way but curiosity really has me wondering. Do you or have you ever wished that you had a full head of hair or does it ever even honestly enter your mind? You look great regardless I just wondered and mean no disrespect in any way. Good luck to you always


    April 16, 2010 at 12:41 am |
  15. Timothy Emerson

    Here's a question for Sir Ben:

    Gal Dove says that he's not going to do the job.

    How would you respond to this?

    Sincerely, Tim.

    April 16, 2010 at 12:52 am |
  16. Ricky

    You played yourself in a Sopranos episode. How was that experience? Did you still have to "act?"

    April 16, 2010 at 2:36 am |
  17. Holly Hamilton

    What was the biggest challenge you face while making movies? How does being a star affect your personal life and your daily world.

    April 16, 2010 at 3:37 am |
  18. Abba jakusko

    What is the role of New Generation Banks towards sustening the ECONOMY in Africa.

    April 16, 2010 at 6:19 am |
  19. Rashid

    Dear Mr Kingsley, why dont you make a film on American Terrorism and American involvement in global war fare. Why dont you expose USA real face. hahaha, leave these stupid cartoon animations come to realities and make film on them.

    April 16, 2010 at 7:04 am |
  20. Adegbe

    Hello Mr Kingsley. Which movie role did you turn down that you most regret? Adegbe from Abuja, Nigeria

    April 16, 2010 at 7:24 am |
  21. Ishaya

    How many films did you art in all your live and did you start arting.

    April 16, 2010 at 7:46 am |
  22. john dickinson

    Mr Kingsley,
    You were in a movie called Lucky Number Slevin, it was a very well done movie in my opinion, but I was wondering how you felt about the level of violence in it and so many movies these days.


    April 16, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  23. Tanja Van Ommeren

    Dearest Ben,

    First of all I find you a marvelous actor.

    How do you mangae to get your inspiration for all the different charaters you have portrayed in your films. Do you have to do research, read up or analyse people you are going to portray.

    With kind regards,
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Europe)

    April 16, 2010 at 11:10 am |