Ben Kingsley to act in film by Sri Lankan director

May 31st, 2011 - 2:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Ben Kingsley Colombo, May 31 (IANS) Oscar-winning actor Ben Kingsley would star in a movie made by Sri Lankan filmmaker Chandran Rutnam that would depict a terror attack on the capital city.

The movie “A Common Man” revolves around the character played by Kingsley. The plot features an attempt by terrorists to blow up Colombo, Rutnam told Xinhua.

The film is a co-production between Hollywood and Sri Lanka.

“The story is adapted from a concept that has been done before. But I have taken that concept and turned it around into a situation in Sri Lanka. This is a rare opportunity for Sri Lanka because this is the first time we are directing Hollywood actors. We shot the whole movie within 27 days,” said Rutnam, who also wrote the script.

Rutnam’s company - Film Location Services - has in the past facilitated international movies being shot in Sri Lanka including “Indiana Jones: The Temple of Doom” starring Harrison Ford.

But this is the first time he or any Sri Lankan is directing a Hollywood movie.

Rutnam said the doors have opened for Sri Lanka to be used as a film location, and he expects a lot of movies being shot in the country.

He urged Sri Lankan filmmakers to look beyond just the domestic market and think of the international audience as well when making a film.

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