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Sir Ben Kingsley should watch out. He’s famous for playing grumpy men (Hugo), stoic men (Schindler’s List) and unbelieveably terrifying men (Sexy Beast). What he is perhaps not best known for is making public displays of affection in song, and I worry that one look at this clip will spoil his career forever.
So before you watch Sir Ben sing “What A Wonderful World” to his wife Daniela, and his four children; Thomas, Jasmine, Edmund and Ferdinand, just as he did on The Jonathan Ross Show over the weekend, maybe it would be an idea to watch him at work in a clip from Iron Man 3, in which he plays a rotten baddy called The Mandarin:
Got that? He’s a BAD, BAD MAN. He’s going to BAD, BAD THINGS, because he LIKES IT. That’s just the kind of man he is. He is NOT, repeat NOT lovely.
Whatever you do, do not be swayed by this little introductory speech Sir Ben gave to Jonathan, just before launching into song:
“My son Edmund was married recently and I’ve acquired the most wonderful daughter-in-law and part of their wedding service was this song that Louis Armstrong made famous called “It’s A Wonderful World” [music pedant note: "What A Wonderful World"] and we all sang it at the wedding and that’s why I want to sing it – to bless them in their new marriage.”
He’s evil, I tell you. EVIL!
The whole interview, from start to finish, is here:
Iron Man 3 will be in theaters from May 3.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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