We got our first glimpse at Ben Kingsley‘s Mandarin in Iron Man 3 last week. A close match to the source material’s Mandarin, from the brief clip we saw. I personally was in giggling in excitement, like Christmas came early.
Since then, Marvel Studios boss and Iron Man 3 producer Kevin Feige has praised Kingsley’s performance, noting that his interpretation of the character has helped to reinvigorate the franchise.
“On his last take of his first full day as the Mandarin, when they yelled ‘Cut!’ the entire crew burst into applause, spearheaded by Mr. Downey himself,” Feige told Total Film. “It was pretty amazing to see that.”
“That’s what you get when you hire Sir Ben Kingsley,” he continued. “He’s so excited about his part and so into this character, and frankly just scaring the heck out of everybody. They’re like, ‘You’ve broken us out of our skeptical malaise!'”
Iron Man 3 hits theaters stateside May 3, 2013.
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