Ben Kingsley: Mary-Kate Was 'In Charge' of Make-Out Scene

06/26/2008 at 06:30 AM EDT

Ben Kingsley: Mary-Kate Was 'In Charge' of Make-Out Scene
Ben Kingsley and Mary-Kate Olsen
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He's a screen legend – heck, he's even been knighted! But Sir Ben Kingsley isn't above a little kiss-and-tell when it comes to his on-screen smooch with 22-year-old Mary-Kate Olsen in The Wackness.

"She was completely in charge," the actor, 64, tells PEOPLE of their enthusiastic make-out scene in a telephone booth.

The former star of Gandhi and Schindler's List – who's currently shooting with Martin Scorcese in Boston – drove down to New York for the movie's Cinema Society and Sony Cierge-sponsored party at the Gramercy Roof Club.

"I love watching the movie," his wife, Daniela, said of the coming-of-age stoner film. As for her real-life leading man, she added, "I love him. He's amazing."

Writer/director Jonathan Levine said that although he was never a drug dealer, the film is loosely based on his own experiences growing up in New York. And even with this all-star cast, Levine still passed along a few valuable lessons.

Most notably? "I did have to teach Sir Ben how to take a bong hit."

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