Sexy Beast: Nick Wall
EW Staff
April 20, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Sexy Beast

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
88 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/13/01
performer
Ben Kingsley, Ray Winstone, Robert Atiko, James Fox, Julianne White, Cavan Kendall, Ian McShane, Alvaro Monje, Amanda Redman
director
Jonathan Glazer
Producers
Channel Four Films, Kanzaman S.A., Recorded Pictures Company
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Louis Mellis, David Scinto
genre
Comedy, Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it an A

Ditching the diaper and getting in touch with his inner sniper, Kingsley had audiences at the Toronto and Sundance film fests riveted with his darkly comic turn as Don, a steely and terrifying criminal trying to drag a retired ex-con (”The War Zone”’s Winstone) into one last London heist. The day Glazer, a commercial and music video vet (Jamiroquai’s ”Virtual Insanity”), met Kingsley, the first-time feature director kept thinking, ”I can’t believe I’m talking to the guy who did Gandhi? and how could he ever play the absolute antithesis of that? But he got it straightaway.”

Kingsley’s coercion depends on verbal rather than actual bullets, hollowed out, then filled with enough profanity to make David Mamet blush. But, says Glazer, the star ”makes obscenity sound like Shakespeare.” These swearing sonnets were no improv, however: The actors followed the script to the four-letter word. ”The rhythm is so perfect we decided not to mess it up,” says Kingsley. This meant, however, that every minor tweak in his rants entailed major negotiations. Laughs Glaser, ”Early on, there was a lot of ‘I’ll trade you four f—s for a c—.”’

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