Kingsley in deep end with Scorsese
Sir Ben Kingsley has said working with Martin Scorsese on Shutter Island felt like "jumping in at the deep end".
The 66-year-old actor - who has won an Oscar for his protrayal of Ghandi - stars with Leonardo DiCaprio and Michelle Williams in the thriller and told how he didn't know if he would sink or swim when he accepted the part from the director.
Kingsley revealed: "Given it is our first together, it's wonderful to jump in the deep end - there is no shallow end with Martin but to jump in the deep end is a privilege because you sink or swim."
He added: "Martin Scorsese trusted I could swim, which is great and having heard his persuasive professional voice on the phone I read the script with great delight. I know he directs with love. That is the process."
DiCaprio and Scorsese have worked togther several times before and have a very close relationship.
Kingsley said: "As another member of the cast, observing this great longevity of a working relationship, they never for a second excluded. Every debate on the set between Martin and Leonardo was shared, there was no shorthand, there was no whispering in corners.
"Every single person on the set gets the benefit of this working relationship so it's continually refreshed. You don't feel that it's a private language, which I think given the history of the relationship is quite generous and remarkable. It lifted the whole set."
:: Shutter Island is released on February 19.