Sir Ben Kingsley talks BloodRayne Movie

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Monsters and Critcs' James Wray had the opportunity to talk to Sir Ben Kingsley, about the upcoming Vampire-movie BloodRayne. The movie tells the story of "Rayne", a young dhampir (half-human, half-vampire), prone to fits of blind blood rage but saddled with a compunction for humans, strives to avenge her mother's rape and murder by her father, Kagan, King of the Vampires (played by Kingsley).

JW: "Can you explain you role in BloodRayne and how it contrasts with your part as Fagin in the upoming Oliver Twist movie?"

BK: "My role in BloodRayne is king of the vampires which obviously is very attractive to the imagination. I don’t really know what I want to achieve in the role- I don’t think achievement is the right word. I want to present to the audience a king fighting a rebellion led by his daughter which is I think very rich because nobody knows what it is like to be a vampire so you have to use your intuition and where I can use my intuition is to use a wonderful leading lady in her role as daughter and have her my equal in opposite and that is where the drama of the overall story lies that it is a daughter determined to destroy her father and a father that is determined to destroy his daughter or to re-embrace his daughter and bring her to his side.

So that is the crucial difference between looking at this role and looking at the role of Fagin who is a very highly structured character in Charles Dickens’ novel. Very eccentric, very ideocratic."

JW: "Are you a fan of the horror genre?"

BK: "Yes of course I am. Why? Not because… I think a good horror film can also include sexuality and passion and tensions and sensitivity and I think if a horror film embraces all this mediums then it can be a very sensually exciting event for the audience so that they are attracted and horrified at the same time.

They’re compelled towards this very positive force and at the same time they are frightened of it."

Ben Kingsley also talked about his relationship to directors he works with, and why John Lennon and Ringo Starr came back stage to congratulate him.


Source: Monsters and Critics


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