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For an actor that likes to work so much, I think Sir Ben’s choices are completely off-the-wall sometimes. If one looks up his body of work, he’s not a guy who fits into the category of any one genre or any story you want to tell. In most of the movies I’ve done, when I look back, I could have easily found a role for Sir Ben. To go from “Hugo” to “The Dictator,” that really tells you a lot about who this man is and the challenges that he takes on.
As a producer, I work with a lot of actors. You don’t put them in a box, but you have a certain number of actors for comedy, a certain number of actors for drama movies, and with someone like Sir Ben, you can really put him on everybody’s list.
He loves to be challenged when he goes to work. I think he could play in a Shakespeare play better than anybody, but also can do comedy, can do lighter stuff, can do drama, can be emotional, can be fun.
I don’t think anyone criticizes Sir Ben for doing anything, because he’s one of the classiest guys you’ll ever meet in our industry. When he picks a role, no one kind of says, “Wow, that’s not good” or anything like that. You just admire the risks he takes as an actor and how he’ll stretch himself. — Graham King
(King is the producer of “Hugo” and numerous other films.)