Fact: Sir Ben Kingsley has shown off his lip-syncing skills on TV as another British knight, Elton John. The Oscar winner has challenged Star Trek's John Cho to a Lip Sync Battle, and the two stars will go head to head when the new season of the quirky song miming show debuts in the U.S. on 12 October (16). Kingsley dressed up in complete Rocket Man garb for his performance as Sir Elton.
Quote: "I offered an Indian accent to (director) Jon (Favreau) for my Bagheera, and we debated it, and then we thought, 'No, actually, it's more British', and then I leaned towards a military Brit to have authority, discipline, command, and then underneath that of course, tremendous loyalty and affection." SIR Ben Kingsley on perfecting the voice on panther Bagheera in new animated movie The Jungle Book.
Quote: "I've tried to find Trevor in rehab and I've not been able to reach him to ask him whether or not he's interested in playing The Mandarin again in Iron Man. I had five minutes with him in rehab... and I said, 'Trevor, there's a possibility...' 'Who are you? what are you doing here? Who let you in...?' If they can find him and get him back..." Sir Ben Kingsley jokes about seeking out his oddball character in Iron Man 3 for a possible return to the Marvel franchise.
Fact: Sir Ben Kingsley and French actress Charlotte Le Bon are set to join actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a new biopic about high-wire stuntman Philippe Petit. Director Robert Zemeckis will take charge of the big screen adaption of the daredevil's memoir, To Reach the Clouds. Petit made history in 1974 when he 'walked' between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York. The feat was later recounted in the Oscar-winning 2008 documentary Man on Wire.
Fact: Sir Ben Kingsley was presented with a United Leadership Award at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's What You Do Matters dinner in Los Angeles on Thursday night (06Mar14). He was given the gong to mark his efforts to raise awareness of the Holocaust, including his acclaimed role in 1993 movie Schindler's List.
Quote: "I use my time in the make-up chair as a moment of stillness before the day begins. I never talk, sip tea or eat my breakfast. I close my eyes and half meditate and half run my dialogue for the coming workday." Sir Ben Kingsley on how he prepared for work on new film Ender's Game as make-up artists covered his face with Maori tattoos.
Quote: "John Lennon and Ringo saw a show I did and introduced me to DICk James, who was head of Northern Songs, the music publisher. He was encouraging and said, 'We'd like to mould you'... I listened politely, but I also had an offer from the Chichester Festival to join them to do classical plays, and I decided to go there for the summer, which led to the Royal Shakespeare." Sir Ben Kingsley almost became a labelmate to The Beatles.
Quote: "I've never filmed there (New Zealand). They did all the Lord of the Rings films there and I actually wasn't in them. It is not me behind that beard. It is someone else. It could've been me." Sir Ben Kingsley is often mistaken for Sir Ian McKellen, who played Galdalf in the Lord of the Rings films.
Quote: "I know it sounds really crazy, but I love my privacy. In my work, I spread myself so thinly amongst my audience that I just like my recycled bits for myself... Maybe I don't want to tell you what I had for breakfast. (If) you're at my breakfast table, then you're in my bedroom, then you're in my bathroom." British actor Sir Ben Kingsley refuses to take up Twitter.com because he's still clinging to his last bits of privacy.
Quote: "I do a lot of work for the Prince's Trust. I'm one of the ambassadors for Hrh Charles. I'm deeply fond of him and greatly admire him and I wish him and his extended family all the great fortune they deserve." Oscar-winner Sir Ben Kingsley sends Charles, Prince Of Wales his best wishes ahead of his son Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton on Friday (29Apr11).
Quote: "I can have as many falafels and chips as I can eat." SIR Ben Kingsley jokes about how he's getting paid for his role in upcoming action film PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME.
Quote: "He's my local MP (Member of Parliament)... He's my man. I live in Oxfordshire and he's the MP for Witney, and I'm delighted... His wife's pretty pregnant and it was all about her during the campaign; the way he helped her out of the car, the way he guided her across the street, the way he was protecting her... It's genuine affection and I judge men by that." SIR Ben Kingsley is a big fan of new British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Fact: GANDHI star SIR Ben Kingsley is to be honoured with the 2,410th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Recent Walk inductee Jerry Bruckheimer will pay tribute to his Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time star next week (27May10).
Quote: "I have my own drug. It's called acting. I get completely stoned on it." SIR Ben Kingsley sees no need to abuse drugs or alcohol.
Quote: "I love England... You think you're being totally ignored by your fellow countrymen, nobody knows you... but at the other end of the scale there's the sword on the shoulder and that provides the perfect balance." SIR Ben Kingsley insists his knighthood makes up for the English people's reluctance to approach him in the street.
Quote: "She's my role model, an inspiration. I know every morning, people have morning mantras - and my morning mantra is 'Gimme gimme gimme. Gimme gimme gimme' It starts my day." GANDHI star SIR Ben Kingsley on his newfound respect for the 'Messianic' BRITNEY SPEARS.
Fact: GANDHI star SIR Ben Kingsley is to return to biopics - he will play the Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal in memory of his wife.
Quote: "Without sounding pompous, she looks like a combination of ancient Egypt and ancient Rome." SIR Ben Kingsley on his new wife DANIELA BARBOSA DE CAENEIRO.
Fact: Academy Award-winner SIR Ben Kingsley is to launch the return of British TV favourite JACKANORY in November (06) by reading the first story of a girl's struggle against an evil sorcerer. The children's show originally began in 1965 and ended in 1996.