The King Of Tragedy

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DREAM HOUSE: Behrani (Kingsley) hopes the home will help restore his family's fortunes

He looked so familiar. but the two passersby who stopped a bald man last December on the steps of Rockefeller Center in New York City weren't sure who he was. That imperial nose, the batwing ears, those bore- into-your-soul eyes ... "You're a movie star, right?" they asked. Ben Kingsley smiled and quietly replied, "Yes." Their confusion didn't surprise Vadim Perelman, who directed Kingsley's new film, House of Sand and Fog, and was with him at the time. Over the past 40 years, the British actor has morphed into many larger-than-life figures — Moses, Hamlet, Gandhi. "He embodies his characters," says...

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