Sexy? Maybe. Beastly? Definitely

The jury may still be out on whether Sir Ben Kingsley is sexy.

Sir Ben Kingsley (with Penelope Cruz) in Elegy
Sir Ben Kingsley (with Penelope Cruz) in Elegy

But the character he plays in the 2000 British crime thriller Sexy Beast (see poster below) is certainly guilty of beastly behavior.

Sexy Beast (now on Netflix)
Sexy Beast (now on Netflix)

Don Logan is an implacable, remorseless and malevolent force of nature. And that is the way Sir Ben plays him.  The result is such a convincing piece of cinematic villainy that Mr. Kingsley won an Academy Award nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category (as well as numerous other nominations.)

Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast
Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast

The nominal star of the film is British tough guy Ray Winstone, playing a retired safecracker named Gary “Gal” Dove.  Gal has been living the good life in Spain with his wife, Deedee, played by Amanda Redman (you’ll recognize her immediately if you’ve seen BBC-TV’s New Tricks) until Logan appears on the scene, determined to lure him back to London for “one last big job.” (Ian McShane plays a ruthless London crimelord.)

With its wire taut suspense, uniformly gripping performances and an ingeniously edited underwater robbery sequence, it’s hard to believe this lean and mean Brit noir marks the feature film debuts of director Jonathan Glazer and screenwriters Louis Mellis and David Scinto.

Director Jonathan Glazer and Ray Winstone on the set of Sexy Beast
Director Jonathan Glazer and Ray Winstone on the set of Sexy Beast

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1 thought on “Sexy? Maybe. Beastly? Definitely”

  1. One of my favorite movies!! And yes, Sir Kingsley is a beast in it, both as an actor and character. Winstone and McShane are awesome too. Great first film by Jonathan Glazer. Can you imagine working with such talent on your first feature?

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