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"When I choose a role it's either because I recognise the man, or that I'm very curious to know him. If I neither recognise nor know him, then it is better that I don't play him."

Sir Ben Kingsley is a British actor, born Krishna Pandit Bhanji to an Indian father and a British mother on 31 December 1943 in Snainton, England.

He is best known for his roles as the title character in Gandhi, Itzhak Stern in Schindler's List, and Georges Méliès in Martin Scorsese's Hugo. One of the truly great dramatic actors of cinema, he will also take on more lowbrow roles if he thinks he'll get to have fun.

His son, Ferdinand, is also an actor.


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  • Brownface: Kingsley darkened his skin for the title role in Gandhi; despite being half-Indian with parentage from the same region and ethnicity as the man, he's fair-skinned in real life.
  • Fake Nationality: Sir Ben's played everything from Fake Americans, to Fake Arabs, to Fake Persians, to Fake Frenchmen, to a Fake Maori, a Fake German, and several Fake Jews.
  • Plays Great Ethnics: Because of his mixed Indian and British ancestry, Kingsley is often tapped to play various ethnic groups. Lampshaded with his role in Iron Man 3, in which he plays an alleged Asian terrorist who is actually a British actor hired to be a front man for the real villain.

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