Ben Kingsley on The Mandarin

Exclusive: “I didn’t have a template to copy”

In issue 205 of Total Film magazine, we size up Iron Man 3’s big bad, The Mandarin.

You can read the full piece inside the jam-packed Heroes And Villains issue (available for just £1.99 on your iPad), but here’s a snippet of what Sir Ben Kingsley had to say about Tony Stark’s arch-nemesis:

On avoiding Fu Manchu-style racial stereotypes, he told us, “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.”

Don’t expect a focus on The Mandarin’s 10 rings and the dark magic they unleash. Do expect a human portrayal of evil, on a grand scale. “He released demonic layers in me!”, admitted Sir Ben.

Iron Man 3 opens in the UK on 25 April 2013.

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    • 38cords

      Mar 30th 2013, 13:28

      Now feeling a little worried about Iron Man 3, as much as I love Sir Ben Kingsley.

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    • Ali1748

      Mar 30th 2013, 17:46

      I don't mind this too much because The Mandarin from the comics would really look silly on screen.

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    • Hadouken76

      Mar 31st 2013, 1:32

      he doesn't look much like an evil orange

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    • mattburgess

      Mar 31st 2013, 9:58

      If we're not going to focus on his ten rings and evil magic, then surely he might as well just be a generic terrorist instead of The Mandarin?

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