Ben Kingsley

  • Aired:  05/02/13
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The "Iron Man 3" star talks about playing Gandhi, trembling at his knighting ceremony and portraying a villain. (7:50)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS AN

OSCAR-WINNING ACTOR WHO PLAYS

THE MANDARIN IN "IRON MAN 3".

>> MR. PRESIDENT, ONLY TWO

LESSONS REMAIN.

I INTEND TO FINISH THIS BEFORE

CHRISTMAS MORNING.

>> MEET THOMAS RICHARDS.

GOOD STRONG NAME, GOOD STRONG

JOB.

THOMAS HERE IS AN ACCOUNTANT FOR

THE ROXON OIL CORPORATION, AND

I'M SURE HE'S A REALLY GOOD GUY.

I'M GOING TO SHOOT HIM IN THE

HEAD.

>> LIVE ON YOUR TELEVISION IN 30

SECONDS.

>> Stephen: NOT IF OBAMA

TAKES HIS GUN AWAY.

( LAUGHTER )

PLEASE WELCOME SIR BEN KINGSLEY.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

HEY!

NICE TO MEET YOU.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMING.

NICE TO HAVE YOU.

I'M A BIG FAN.

HOW ARE YOU?

>> AWESOME.

AMAZING.

FANTASTIC.

SPECTACULAR.

UNBELIEVABLE.

GREAT.

JUST AMAZING.

FANTASTIC.

WOW, AMAZING.

AMAZING.

FULL ON WOW.

JUST GREAT.

JUST GREAT.

BOYS AND GIRLS I HAVE TO GET

THIS OUT OF MY SYSTEM BECAUSE

I'M GOING BACK TO THE U.K. THIS

EVENING, AND IN THE U.K.-- ASK

ME AS AN ENGLISHMAN HOW I AM?

>> Stephen: HOW ARE YOU?

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> Stephen: YOU PLAY THE

MANDARIN IN THIS YOU SEEM TO BE

GOOD AT PLAYING THE BAD GUYS.

YOU PLAYED LENIN.

YOU PLAYED GANDHI, ALL OF THE

SERIOUS HEAVIES, YOU KNOW.

DO YOU LIKE PLAYING A BAD GUY IN

THIS?

>> WHAT BAD GUY.

>> Stephen: THE MANDARIN.

HE'S A BAD GUY, RIGHT.

HE'S THE HEAVY.

>> MR. COLBERT --

>> Stephen: YOU CAN CALL ME

SIR STEPHEN.

( LAUGHTER )

>> LET ME GIVE YOU-- YOU KNOW,

YOU'RE PREEMPTED.

SIR STEVEN SPIELBERG WAS

KNIGHTED.

HE'S AN HONORARY KNIGHT.

>> Stephen: I WAS KNIGHTED BY

QUEEN NOOR OF JORDAN.

>> THAT'S WONDERFUL.

CONGRATULATIONS.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU VERY

MUCH.

>> AND HOW ARE YOU REFERRED TO

IN JORD?

>> Stephen: DO YOU ENJOY

BEING A KNIGHT?

>> LET ME GO BACK TO THE

PREVIOUS QUESTION.

>> Stephen: I DON'T KNOW IF

I'M GOING TO LET YOU.

>> AH, WELL, OKAY.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

GO BACK TO YOUR PREVIOUS

QUESTION THERE, BENNY.

>> BOYS AND GIRLS, WHEN YOU'RE

PLAYING A VILLAIN, THE LAST

THING YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO DO IS

PLAY HIM VILLANCOUSLY.

HE HAS TO HAVE A SENSE OF

RIGHTEOUSNESS.

HIS POLITICAL MESSAGE IS HE HAS

TO BELIEVE IN HIS SENSE OF

RIGHT.

>> Stephen: YOU HAVE TO DO

THIS, RIGHT?

>> NO, NO, I HAVE TOO MUCH

JEWELRY TO DO THAT.

I'D SCRAPE ALL THE SKIN OFF MY

HANDS FIDID THAT.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS THIS GUY

THE MAPPED RIN.

AS I SAID, THE CHINESE MADE HIM

MAN DERREN.

HE SEEMS VAGUELIATION.

MAYBE A LITTLE ARAB.

IS THERE ANY ETHNICITY WE CAN

OVERLAY ON BEN KINGSLEY?

YOU PLAYED IT ALL.

>> I'VE NEVER PLAYED A GIRL.

>> Stephen: REALLY.

>> THAT'S NOT AN ETHNICITY, I

KNOW.

>> Stephen: NO.

>> BUT I AM-- I AM--

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

BUT I'M REALLY-- I'M MEETING YOU

HALFWAY HERE.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Stephen: BETWEEN MAN AND

WOMAN?

YOU'RE MEET MEEG HALFWAY?

>> HOWEVER YOU WISH TO INTERPRET

IT.

>> Stephen: LIKE, WHEN YOU

DID "GANDHI."

WHEN I WAS A KID I LOVED THAT

STORY.

>> WHEN WERE YOU A WHAT?

SORRY.

WHEN I WAS A KID.

A CHILD.

A VERY SMALL CHILD, WHEN YOU

WERE IN "GANDHI."

>> ARE WE MAKING FRIENDS NOW?

WHAT ENDEARED YOU, I'M CURIOUS,

AS A CHILD, WHAT ENDEARED YOU?

>> Stephen: FASHION, FASHION.

HIS HOMESPUN IS WHAT I LIKED

ABOUT HIM.

IT WAS MINIMAL.

IT WAS MINIMAL--

>> WHEN-- WHEN HE VISITED HIS

MAJESTY KING GEORGE V, AND HE

WAS ASKED, "DID YOU THINK YOU

WERE SUFFICIENTLY DRESSED TO

MEET HIS MAJESTY."

AND HE SAID, "HIS MAJESTY HAD

ENOUGH CLOTHES ON FOR BOTH OF

US."

NOT BAD.

>> Stephen: THAT'S NICE.

>> NOT BAD.

>> Stephen: THAT'S QUICK.

>> NOT BAD FOR A BAD GUY IS

THERE NO.

BUT THAT WAS, LIKE THE LAST

GREAT EPIC THAT ACTUALLY

HAPPENED, LIKE, WHEN THEY SHOT

IT.

WHEN YOU SPOKE TO 20,000 PEOPLE

IN ONE OF THE SCENES, THERE WERE

20,000 INDIANS.

>> THERE WERE 400,000 AT

GANDHI'S FUNERAL.

>> Stephen: BUT TODAY THAT

WOULD JUST BE DONE WITH

PING-PONG BALLS GLUED TO A GREEN

WALL.

>> YES, YES.

>> Stephen: IN THIS MOVIE DID

YOU EVER ACT WITH ANOTHER ACTUAL

HUMAN BEING OR WAS IT ALL GREEN

SCREEN?

>> A LOT OF MY BROADCASTS,

MR. COLBERT, WERE TO THE CAMERA

AND, THEREFORE, THEY WERE

BROADCAST TO WESTERN

CIVILIZATION.

>> Stephen: I UNDERSTAND.

SO NOT REAL PEOPLE?

>> REAL PEOPLE.

OVER TO YOU.

BUT REALLY, I DID HAVE SOME

SCENES WITH ROBERT.

AND WITH BOBBY.

NO, ROBERT.

>> Stephen: HE ASKED ME TO

CALL HIM BOBBY.

I'M A GOOD FRIEND OF HIS.

>> THAT'S FINE.

>> Stephen: "CALL ME BOBBY"

HE SAID.

HE SAID, "I TELL PEOPLE TO CALL

ME ROBERT IF WE'RE PROFESSIONAL

ACQUAINTANCES.

BOBBY TO HIS FRIEND."

WERE YOU KNIGHTED?

WERE YOU HONORED TO BE PART OF

AN ANCIENT TRADITION?

OR WERE YOU THINKING, OH, MY

GOD.

THERE'S A 76-YEAR-OLD WOMAN

HOLDING A SHARP BLADE NEXT TO MY

NECK?

>> THAT NEVER CROSSED MY MIND?

>> Stephen: NO?

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO FOR IT?

DO YOU DO ANYTHING DURING THE

DAY?

DO YOU HAVE TO GIVE A SPEECH?

IS THERE A PARADE?

IS THERE LUNCH WITH THE QUEEN?

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU GET

KNIGHTED.

>> MY KNIGHTHOOD WAS DESPOAD

UPON ME FOR MY SERVICES FOR

DRAMA.

>> Stephen: I KNOW WHY YOU

DESERVE IT.

YOU'RE A GREAT ACTOR.

>> I'M SORRY, I MISUNDERSTOOD

THE QUESTION.

>> Stephen: I'M SORRY, MAYBE

I WAS--

>> IT'S A CULTURAL THING.

( APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: I'M GOING TO GO

WITH YOU MISUNDERSTANDING.

( LAUGHTER )

DID YOU HAVE TO DO ANYTHING THAT

DAY.

DID YOU HAVE TO DO ANYTHING IN

RETURN?

>> JUST SO YOU KNOW, JUST BE

NERVOUS.

JUST HAVE SHAKY LEGS.

THAT'S ALL.

QUITE EASY, REALLY.

>> Stephen: WELL, I-- I'VE

ENJOYED OUR CONVERSATION.

I FEEL LIKE PERHAPS IT WAS

HOSTILE AT TIMES.

( LAUGHTER )

>> I'M SORRY.

I APOLOGIZE FOR MY HOSTILITY.

>> Stephen: OKAY, AND I

ACCEPT.

>> YOU'RE VERYIACEOUS.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU VERY

MUCH.

YOU-- I-- READ-- AGAIN, WHEN I

WAS JUST A TYKE, I REMEMBER

READING YOU TALKING ABOUT YOUR

OWN ACTING, AND YOU SAID

MAINLY-- LIKE, WHAT YOU FIRST--

FIRST IT WAS YOU GOTTA LEARN

YOUR LINES.

IS THAT REALLY WHAT YOU DO FIRST

IS LEARN YOUR LINE?

>> I STUDY THE SCRIPT, YES, I

DO.

>> Stephen: BECAUSE I'VE GOT

A LOT OF WORDS UP THERE ON THE

PROMPTER RIGHT THERE.

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT THAT

BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE TO MEMORIZE

ASKING BECAUSE THEY JUST PUT

STUFF UP THERE FOR ME TO SAY.

>> WHEN YOU'RE LOOK AT THE

MONITOR YOU CAN'T LOOK AT YOUR

ACTORS.

>> Stephen: YOU SAID YOU DID

SCENES INTO THE CAMERA.

>> BUT I DO HAVE SCEEBZ WITH

BOAB.

>> Stephen: BEN THANK YOU SO

MUCH FOR JOINING ME.

SIR BEN KINGSLEY.

SIT DOWN!

CAN THE IRE.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

NOW GET UP.

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