Kingsley Catches Either Shutter Bug or Island Fever

December 4, 2007

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When you need to add a certain bald sophistication do your movie, while at the same time avoiding thoughts of Star Trek: The Next Generation, can you do any better than the honorable Sir Ben Kingsley? The answer is no, which is why Martin Scorsese has added him to the cast of his period thriller, Shutter Island.

The film, adapted by Laeta Kalogridis from Dennis Lehane's 2004 novel, centers on a U.S. marshal (Ruffalo) who along with his new partner (DiCaprio) travels to a Massachusetts island to investigate the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane. During their inquiry, the two encounter a web of deceit, experience a hurricane and become involved in a deadly inmate riot that leaves them trapped on the island.

Kingsley will play Dr. Cawley, the hospital's enigmatic chief physician who must reluctantly play host to the two U.S. marshals.

In announcing the news, Hollywood Reporter had a hard time deciding which part of the title makes for a better pun/more likely fanciful disease. In the title, they went with "Kingsley catches 'Shutter' bug," while the article insists he "caught a case of island fever." Which is it, guys? And why not: "Kingsley 'shutter'-ing after catching 'island' fever"? Or "Shutter Shutter! Island Island! Shutter Ben! Island Kingsley!"

Kingsley catches 'Shutter' bug [Hollywood Reporter]

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