Ben Kingsley “wasn’t worried” about fan reaction to The Mandarin twist

Ben Kingsley "wasn't worried" about The Mandarin twist

Iron Man 3 might have kicked off Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a bang last year, but one aspect of the film that split fans was ‘The Mandarin Twist’, whereby – SPOILERS – Ben Kingsley’s villain was actually revealed to be a drunken British actor portraying a role at the behest of Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian. Obviously this was a huge departure from the source material, but star Ben Kingsley has revealed that he “wasn’t worried” about how fans might react to the big reveal.

“I wasn’t worried. I truly wasn’t worried,” Kingsley told The Huffington Post during a promotional interview for the Thor: The Dark World One-Shot All Hail the King. “When I worked a lot in the theater before I became heavily involved in movies, which I love, I was privileged to play a lot of Shakespearian roles that most people in the audience were familiar with and everyone has their preconception of … so, it had to be my Mandarin. It had to be my Trevor. I think that what I’m saying is that I tend to take on the character and not be concerned too much about the audience’s reaction to how I’m portraying it and which direction I’m going. So, I didn’t even think of the twist. I thought f it as one whole balanced acting exercise. So, if it’s naive of me, I apologize. But, it didn’t worry me that, ‘Ooh, this might be rejected.’”

Kingsley then went on to discuss the reaction to the twist, stating that: “I can only respond by congratulating Kevin Feige, Drew Pearce and Shane Black on holding their nerve — on holding their nerve right through the shoot. When I came back to do some little tidy up reshoots, I thought, Oh, they’re still holding their nerve. This is still Trevor and the Mandarin. And to hold your nerve as a Marvel Comics filmmaker is great. They did. If they would have wobbled, I would have been dead in the water. They held their nerve. Terrific. And I think you’re right — I don’t get too heavily involved with feedback; I express and then I’m done. I paint my portrait and then I put my brushes down and I walk away. But it has filtered through to me in a gentle way that very, very, very few people indeed were upset by that twist. Even avid Marvel fans, they went along with it.”

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  • dstu

    You mean Phase Two…

  • Dave W

    Good portrayal or not, it was an UNNECESSARY twist. They can do that to a 2nd rated villain, but not one of the arch-villain. So no, I’m not a fan of the twist.

    I can probably guess why they did it though. They don’t want to bomb in China’s box office and we know China doesn’t like to be the bad guy so they can’t have a Chinese villain in the movie. Just look at how China banned the game Battlefield 4.

    • The Walking Cuban

      Thing is they had already appeased the communists by portraying him as more of a terrorist… And they STILL did the twist.

  • Pat

    was frickin awesome…Fanboys need to get a life and realize change is a fact of life..i LOVED it

    • Matt Khourie

      Getting straight conned has nothing to do w being a fanboy.

  • Dane

    None of this matters if you’ve seen ‘All Hail The King.’ I won’t ruin it for anyone, but I believe the Marvel One-Shot will change a lot of negative opinions.

    • bmg314

      I agree, IF they follow through with that storyline somewhere down the line… If they don’t, then I feel like they are almost saying,” here, this should be enough for you fanboys… are you happy now?”