Sean Elder

Ben Kingsley plays Meyer Lansky

Whenever producer Mark Johnson told people he had cast Ben Kingsley in a key role in Bugsy, he always received the same response: ”You got Gandhi to play Meyer Lansky?” While Kingsley has been active on stage and in film for over 20 years, he is still best remembered for his 1982 Oscar-winning performance as the man who led India to independence. What compelled Kingsley to play the legendary mob boss? ”You should ask them why they wanted me,” the actor says bluntly. ”I don’t get compulsions or fascinations about roles. I’m sort of a freelance actor.”

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