Ben Kingsley Remarks On Approaching ‘The Mandarin’ For IRON MAN 3 And What To Expect

Explaining factors that went into him signing on for Iron Man 3 as the Ten Rings uber-terrorist, as well as what we should expect, hit the jump and check out what Sir Ben Kingsley says about The Mandarin.

About his initial approach to playing Tony Stark’s greatest nemesis, The Mandarin, in Marvel’s third Iron Man installment, Sir Ben Kingsley admitted to Total Film that, “I had peripheral vision of the universe. Kevin Feige came to my house in Oxfordshire. After Sexy Beast, he’d realized I could be really unpleasant on screen.

We sat down and had a nice conversation. My garden looked splendid, which I think helped...” Quickly watching both previous Iron Man films and The Avengers with “all those glorious layers,” Kingsley adds, “I didn’t have any template to copy. I’m undereducated as far as Marvel comics are concerned, and that can be a good thing, like coming to a Shakespeare play fresh rather than having done it 20 times.” Although we shouldn’t expect Iron Man 3 to focus on The Mandarin’s Ten Rings and their unknown abilities, Sir Ben Kingsley suggests we an expect focus on a “human portrayal of evil, on a grand scale. [Mandarin] released demonic layers in me...I did go a little crazy!”

Meanwhile, The Times of India is reporting that Ben Kingsley will wear threads similar to his Mandarin garb to the premieres of Iron Man 3. “Ben’s designer will travel to the state soon to narrow down on the details of the dress, namely the fabric, colors and designs. Ben wants to wear something different for all the premiers and since he had a connect with Gujarat, he decided to go for a Gujarati dress.” What do you think?


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., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, “Iron Man 3” is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968. “Iron Man 3” is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures & DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing & Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso, Alan Fine, Charles Newirth, Stan Lee & Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film hits May 3, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Marvel Studios will also release “Thor: The Dark World ” on November 8, 2013; “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; “Guardians of the Galaxy” on August 1, 2014; the sequel to “Marvel's The Avengers” on May 1, 2015; and “Ant-Man” on November 6, 2015!

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