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Hopper happy to work with Kingsley

Aug. 11, 2008 at 11:20 AM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Dennis Hopper said he was thrilled to share scenes with Ben Kingsley in their new film, "Elegy."

"He's the most generous actor I've ever worked with," Hopper told UPI in New York recently.

"(There was a scene where) Sir Ben is cooking me spaghetti and making spaghetti sauce and serving it to me and rather than having the prop man bring the al dente pasta and the sauce and so on, he actually prepared it in front of me. It was unbelievable," Hopper recalled. "I was like: 'Wow, man! I've never seen this in my 54 years in the business.' Never had I seen anyone actually do that and doing the lines and serving the stuff. He's wonderful. He's just terrific and it's so great to be with an actor who's so honest; that when you are working with him in a moment-to-moment reality situation, that if you go here, he'll go with you. ... I had a great time."

Hopper said he had no problem addressing the British actor by his title of "Sir."

"He's 'Sir Ben' to me," Hopper said. "Everyone calls him Sir Ben. You're told to call him Sir Ben and it's a pleasure to call him Sir Ben."

Co-starring Penelope Cruz and Patricia Clarkson, "Elegy" is in theaters now.

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