Ben Kingsley denies he's a serious man

Thu May 27, 2010 12:43am EDT
 
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By Jenna Frimmel

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Ben Kingsley returns to theaters on Friday with Disney's "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time." The day before, the Oscar-winning "Gandhi" will get his first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF MAKING "PRINCE OF PERSIA"?

Ben Kingsley: Horses make me very nervous. It's not that I don't really like horses but rather they don't like me. I did have to do some riding and then I was in a full suit of black armor -- and then it decided to be 120 degrees. It was awful.

YOU PLAY A BAD GUY. WAS THAT AWFUL OR FUN?

Kingsley: My character, Uncle Nizam, isn't a baddie. This was a man driven by envy and regret. He was a normal chap and when envy and regret started to eat away at him, he turned bad. With that richness of character in mind, I was on that knife-edge of being good and bad, which I love.

DO YOU RESEMBLE HIM AT ALL?

Kingsley: I'm not Uncle Nizam, eaten up with envy and regret. I'm a happy man, and maybe it's because I let things pass.

ARE THERE CERTAIN ROLES OR TYPES OF MOVIES THAT YOU LET   Continued...

 
<p>Cast member Ben Kingsley arrives at the premiere of the movie "Shutter Island" in New York February 17, 2010. REUTERS /Natalie Behring</p>