By Brian Truitt. Photo: Hilary Bronwyn Gale. Source:

Who wants to live forever? A bunch of ambitious movie characters.

Juan Ponce de Leon may have been looking for the Fountain of Youth back in the 16th century, but pop culture more recently has offered all sorts of ways to explore immortality, from the search for the Holy Grail in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade to pretty much every vampire movie ever.

The new thriller Self/less (in theaters Friday) puts a scientific spin on those themes. Directed by Tarsem Singh (Immortals), the plot centers on wealthy New York industrialist Damian Hale (Ben Kingsley), who is constantly reminded how his cancer-ridden body is failing him.

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