Sir Ben Kingsley talks about his character The Mandarin and taking on the role in the new Marvel movie 'Iron Man 3' in a press junket interview.
He says that prior to receiving the script, producer Kevin Feige talked him through his character and the story. He also mentions that he was glad he was given free reign with how he played the role. 'Once they've given you the role, they let go; they let you run with it, which is marvellous', he said. He describes the film as examining 'the mask and what's behind the mask' and emphasises that 'it doesn't dumb down the audience'. In regards to his character, he says The Mandarin is meant to be disconcerting. 'The pastiche of iconography that he employs in his speeches and also in his dress I think is all there to really upset the preconceptions of the audience to which he's preaching and broadcasting', he explains.
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