Legendary director Martin Scorsese has a reputation for collaborating with his leading men over and over again. His team-ups with actor Robert De Niro have resulted in some of the most celebrated films of all-time including Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Casino. While his recent collaborations with Leonardo DiCaprio have produced some of the best films of the last ten years including Gangs of New York, The Aviator and The Departed (for which the director finally won his long over due Oscar). But it seems that the iconic filmmaker has found a new actor to collaborate with repeatedly: Sir Ben Kingsley. The Oscar winning English actor first worked with the director on the psychological thriller Shutter Island, which also starred DiCaprio and came out earlier this year. Kingsley will now return to work with Scorsese once again on their next picture, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
The film is an adaptation of author Brian Selznick's popular book about turn-of-the-century pioneer filmmaker Georges Melies, who is often credited as one of the father's of cinema. We recently had an opportunity to speak with Sir Ben Kingsley while he was out doing promotion for his new film, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which opens in theaters on May 28th. We took the opportunity to ask the Academy Award winner if he was looking forward to reuniting with Scorsese on this upcoming project? "With Marty, yes I am," answered Kingsley. We continued by asking the actor when the project was scheduled to begin? "It's begun. He is in pre-production in London and I'll join him in about ten days and we'll get to work on it very shortly, so it's all a go," confirmed the actor. "The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a fantastic film, especially with Marty who is passionate about cinema and this is the film about early cinema," continued Kingsley. "I play Georges Melies who invented cinema in France so it's going to be really something to be on the set with Marty who is the great aficionado of our history of cinema," concluded the actor.