Ben Kingsley

I want to play a man in uniform. I’ve got tremendous respect for that life that they lead. We know so little about it. It’s never discussed or talked about, when they come back from battle. I want to examine the choices that have to be made in those terrible times. […] I’ll get to wear a uniform.

I never went to drama school. I went straight into the theater. We had the most extraordinary voice teacher. I worked with her when I was starting out in my career. How to place my voice from a very relaxed position was all wonderfully reminiscent of going back to the basics. But I always like to do that with any role that I do, to dismantle it and put it all back together again.

I don’t do anything that would ever come across as advice or suggestion, but it’s just part of a debate. Like, “I would like to try this,” or “Let me do another one with more stillness, let me emphasize that.” Rather than “I think you should emphasize this, I think” – you know, I don’t impose choices.

The environment forces you to be utterly dependent between “action” and “cut” because the environment is perfect on your fellow actor. So as an acting exercise, it’s absolutely thrilling that the focus that we had to bring to each other echoed in life, echoed in art. And when you get that parallel, it’s really thrilling and it’s full of surprises, but it all has a logic.