“Sexy Beast” is one of those movies that is hard to forget. It stars Ray Winstone as Gary, a former gangster who has made a modest amount of money from his criminal career. Happy to put his life of crime behind him, he has retired with his wife Deedee (Amanda Redman) to the sunny bliss of rural Spain, where he lives an idyllic life with his family and a few close friends. But Gary’s contentment is ruptured by an unwelcome visitor from his past — Don (Ben Kingsley), a former associate who has been hired to assemble a team of criminals to rob a heavily guarded bank. Don wants Gary in on the job, and is less than pleased by Gary’s unwillingness to volunteer his services. What ensues is a battle of wills between the two men, with Don intimidating, prodding, and manipulating his onetime friend to get what he wants, forever changing the lives of those around him in the process. While Ray Winstone is an excellent actor — and Ian McShane who also appears in the film is no slouch either — Ben Kingsley owns the movie. Once you see the film, whenever you see Kingsley you just want to yell “Sexy Beast!” which is never annoying. While Kingsley is practically synonymous with sexy beastliness, we still love him in other roles, too.
Here are five of our favorite roles played by Ben Kingsley:
5. Dr. Cawley in “Shutter Island”
4. Behrani in “House of Sand and Fog”
3. Georges Méliès in “Hugo”
2. Don Logan in “Sexy Beast”
1. Mahatma Gandhi in “Gandhi”
“Sexy Beast” airs on IFC Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET; Sunday, Dec. 11 at 12:15 a.m. ET; Thursday, Dec. 15 at 8 PM ET; and Friday, Dec. 16 at 1:30 a.m. ET