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Kingsley Talks Prince of Persia

Published July 28, 2008 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage, Empire
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While we have yet to see an uber-succesful, or should I say uber-good, video game adaptation, it looks like Hollywood is ready to change that tune. With films such as Max Payne and now Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, it would seem that these adaptations are going to feel more Spielberg -- hell, I'd take Michael Bay -- and less Boll.

Empire recently caught up with Prince of Persia's villain, Ben Kingsley, to discuss how the film is beginning to take shape.

Ben Kingsley Talks Prince of Persia

Ben Kingsley is one of the few actors that I take at their word. If he thinks Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is going to be a heck of a production, I have to believe him.

Following Shutter Island, Kingsley will be continuing his diverse career journey with Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire director Mike Newell’s big-budget adventure and, according to Sir Ben, it’s shaping up to be a bit of a doozy.

“We’re bringing to it all the scrutiny that a great myth would deserve,” he says. “It’s quite wonderful being around the table discussing the video game – which I’m aware of but don’t know anything about.

“It’s really quite beautiful how it's building up with all our actors, with the writers sitting there, with the director sitting there, it’s really holding up very well. Most of my stuff is with Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays the Prince (Dastan), and I’m a father figure who lets him down very, very badly in the film. I’m the villain actually. It’s interesting because his own father dies early in the film and I take over and I’m completely manipulative.”

You can check out the entire report with Kingsley here.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is expected to arrive to theaters on June 19, 2009.

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