New York Film Academy Guest Speakers
Sir Ben Kingsley
Sir Ben Kingsley visited NYFA in Los Angeles in February 2011 after screening Sexy Beast. The British actor won the Academy Award for his performance in Gandhi in 1982 as the. Since winning the Oscar, he has appeared in over 60 films with other memorable roles in Sneakers, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Bugsy, Suspect Zero, Lucky Number Slevin, and Shutter Island, just to name a few. In addition to the Oscar, he has also won a Golden Globe, BAFTA, and London Film Critics’ Circle Awards.
He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2002 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for his services to drama.
While at NYFA, Sir Ben Kingsley dished on his work with Spielberg, “In an ideal way, in an ideal world, myself and the director are one. And as you rightly say, in an ideal world, you can’t see the horizon between sky and sea. I felt that the times with Spielberg on Schindler’s List, we were moving as one creature.” On acting, he had this to say “As an actor there’s no autonomy, unless you’re prepared to risk the possibility of starving.”
Schindler’s List, Shutter Island, Gandhi, Bugsy, Sexy Beast, Lucky Number Slevin