Shane Black And Sir Ben Kingsley Talk More About The Mandarin's Role In IRON MAN 3

Iron Man 3 director Shane Black and Sir Ben Kingsley talk more about the role of The Mandarin in the highly anticipated threequel. "I almost want to apologize in advance to the people who want to see lasers shoot out of his rings..."


Talking to Total Film Magazine, Iron Man 3 director Shane Black was quick to once again point out that despite the protestations of many a comic book fan, The Mandarin we see in the movie will have one (or should that be ten?) crucial elements missing when he's brought to the big screen in the threequel. "We decided very early on we liked the idea of taking Michael Crichton type elements and mingling them with a real world Tom Clancy environment," he said. "It's funny, I look at these blogs and some people are saying, 'What about The Mandarin's magic space rings? They should shoot lasers.' I almost want to apologize in advance to the people who want to see lasers shoot out of his rings because it's not going to happen."

While he may not have his magic rings, that won't mean that this reimagined version of The Mandarin won't be as evil as his comic book counterpart. "There are demonic layers," teases Sir Ben Kingsley when asked about what we should expect from his take on the character. "He's in a state of solitude a lot of the time, and there's nothing to give him a boundary. I go crazy. You can put him in quite a different category fro Whiplash, who's reliant on brute force. The Mandarin is reliant on manipulation of the media. He's an all-pervading presence through modern technology. He'll hack into your cell phone. He'll broadcast across the nation on TV." Interesting stuff, eh? How do you feel about this version of the villain? Sound off below.


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Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?


STARRING:

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin
Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts
Don Cheadle as Rhodey/War Machine
Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian
Rebecca Hall as Dr. Maya Hansen
Ashley Hamilton as Jack Taggert
James Badge Dale as Eric Savin
Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan

RELEASE DATE: April 25th, 2013 (UK). May 3rd, 2013 (US).


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