Ben Kingsley wins praise at Sundance for The Wackness role

January 26th, 2008 - 5:07 pm ICT by admin  

Washington , Jan 26 (ANI): Sir Ben Kingsleys portrayal of a pot-smoking psychiatrist in the film The Wackness has earned him a lot of praise at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival.

The film, set in New York in 1994, traces the escapades of a middle class pot-dealing teenager who pays for his therapy sessions by giving marijuana to his psychiatrist.

“He’s probably quite a good therapist in theory, but he doesn’t apply any of his healing tenets to himself because he’s an addict,” the BBC quoted Sir Ben as saying.

The story further turns upside down when the teenager, played by Josh Peck, helps Sir Ben’s character mature.

“It’s a young man, an adolescent, that forces me to face myself and grow up. In turn, my gift to him is that he also has to go out into the world, into the big marketplace, and be honest to himself. So we both save each other eventually. But it’s a very funny journey along the way, said Sir Ben.

Another drug buyer in the film is played by Mary-Kate Olsen.

Sir Ben said that he is drawn to re-invention, and added that he is inclined to do varied characters as it helps him to connect to his audience.

“It’s the biggest joy for me. I won’t do that by playing the same person over and over again. I’ll do that by empathizing with as many human conditions as possible until I can’t do it anymore, he said.

The actor, who has won Academy Award for his role in Gandhi, sees The Wackness as another opportunity to add one more great portrayal to his jewelled career. (ANI)

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