Iron Man Poster #91 FRAMED Iron Man 3 Movie Mandarin Ben Kingsley


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Ben Kingsley as Trevor Slattery: A British actor with substance-abuse problems whom Killian hired to portray the Mandarin, a terrorist persona in jammed television broadcasts, in which he is depicted as a leader of the international terrorist organization The Ten Rings. Kingsley was filming Ender’s Game when he was cast, and said that, “Quite soon I’ll be with everybody and we’ll be discussing the look and the feel and the direction of the character. It’s very early days yet, but I’m so thrilled to be on board.” On his performance, Kingsley stated: “I wanted a voice that would disconcert a Western audience. I wanted a voice that would sound far more homegrown and familiar—a familiarity like a teacher’s voice or a preacher’s voice. The rhythms and tones of an earnest, almost benign, teacher—trying to educate people for their own good.” The Mandarin was initially set to appear in the first Iron Man film, but he was put off for a sequel as the filmmakers felt that he was “too ambitious for a first film.” On the character, Feige stated, “The Mandarin is Iron Man’s most famous foe in the comics mainly because he’s been around the longest. If you look, there’s not necessarily a definitive Mandarin storyline in the comics. So it was really about having an idea.” Shane Black explains that Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin is not Chinese in the film as he is in the comics in order to avoid the Fu Manchu stereotype: “We’re not saying he’s Chinese, we’re saying he, in fact, draws a cloak around him of Chinese symbols and dragons because it represents his obsessions with Sun Tzu in various ancient arts of warfare that he studied.” The filmmakers also cited Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse Now as an influence for the character. The videos where the Mandarin give historical background to the attacks expressed how it emerged as the product of “a think tank of people trying to create a modern terrorist.” Thus the Mandarin “represents every terrorist in a way,” from South American insurgency tactics to the videos of Osama bin Laden. Marvel’s “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? Imagine if, in a Batman movie, the Joker wasn’t really the Joker: How would fans react? Would they love the twist? Would they hate the twist? Or would they react like Iron Man fans? Oh, yes, Iron Man fans know all about twists. In “Iron Man 3,” Ben Kingsley, who is billed as our armored hero’s arch nemesis the Mandarin, is revealed to be a down-on-his-luck actor hired to play the Mandarin by mad scientist Aldrich Killian (Guy Pierce). The departure from comic lore was the brainchild of “Iron Man 3” writer-director Shane Black. “It was nerve wracking,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told of the decision to greenlight the change. If Tony Stark’s keepers were worried, then Iron Man’s followers were distressed. Unless, that is, they were elated. “The comic-book purists, the ones who know the comic books, they did not like the Mandarin twist mainly because that’s Iron Man’s biggest villain,” Littler says. “…But overall people that aren’t familiar with it, and even the purists will say it’s well-executed, that it’s a good movie.” Mandarin seemed to be a thorny issue for producers ever since it was announced he would be the key villain and he would be played by Kingsley, a Brit. Black insisted he wouldn’t trade on stereotypes for the character. The comic book version of Mandarin has ten powered rings, each with a different power. The functions of each of his original set of rings are as follows: LEFT HAND: Pinky: Ice Blast. Freezes the air in its path and can lower an object’s temperature to almost absolute zero. Ring Finger: Mento-Intensifier. Magnifies the Mandarin’s psychic energy enabling him to mentally control a person. Only effective at short range. Middle Finger: Electro-Blast. Emits quantities of electrical energy determined by the wearer (Mandarin). Upper limit of output is unknown. Index Finger: Flame Blast. Emits infrared radiation and can cause air to incandesce by igniting its molecules. Maximum out is unknown. Thumb: White Light. Emits many different types of energy from the electro-magnetic spectrum. Frequently used as intense visible light and laser beams. RIGHT HAND: Pinky: Black Light. Creates area of “absolute blackness” where all light is absorbed. It is believed that this ring accesses the “Darkforce” used by people such as Darkstar and the Shroud. Ring Finger: Disintegration Beam: Destroys bonds between atoms and molecules causing an object’s cohesion to fall apart. Needs 20 minutes recharge time between uses. Middle Finger: Vortex Beam. Causes air to swirl about in a vortex at high speed. Can levitate objects, propel wearer (Mandarin) in flight and be used as a weapon. Index Finger: Impact Beam. Projects concussive force of approximately 350 lbs. of TNT. Can also cause intense sonic vibrations and create magnetic waves. Thumb: Matter Rearranger. Can rearrange atoms and/or molecules of substances or speed up/slow down their movements to result in various effects. Cannot actually transmute elements. “Ladies, children, sheep… Some people call me a terrorist, I consider myself a teacher. Lesson number one: Heroes – there is no such thing.” ?Trevor Slattery, under the guise of The Mandarin.

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