Shane Black And Sir Ben Kingsley Tease A Big Reveal With 'The Mandarin' In IRON MAN 3

Shane Black And Sir Ben Kingsley Tease A Big Reveal With 'The Mandarin' In IRON MAN 3

Talking at the Iron Man 3 press conference in London yesterday, director Shane Black and actor Sir Ben Kingsley were quizzed on a big reveal in the movie in regards to 'The Mandarin' character. While that isn't revealed here, be warned that there may be what some consider to be SPOILERS AHEAD.

Iron Man 3 is a movie full of clever twists and turns, but there's one which may end up being a little...controversial. While those who attended the press conference for the movie in London yesterday were warned not to ask anything too revealing, that very twist - which involves 'The Mandarin' - was brought up. Thankfully, both director Shane Black and Sir Ben Kingsley handled it perfectly and the former had this to say when asked about a pivotal scene which included Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle and Sir Ben. Black was specifically asked about whether or not the sequence was improvised or fully scripted.

"These are fabulously talented people who have the ability to make structure seem like improv," he said. "They knew the scene backwards and forward and they performed it in such a loose wonderful way that it makes it seem like it's just occurring in the moment and they're just dancing and thinking on their feet. We covered it like every other scene. We shot it like every other scene. It's probably the truest to the script of most any scene in there and it's one of the best because of the talents of the people involved. In particular, just seeing Sir Ben open up and at the end of the shooting day, the crew spontaneously applauded after that scene."

As for what inspired his unique take on 'The Mandarin', Kingsley had this to say (come back and read this again after seeing the movie and it will take on an entirely new light). "It's great. Of the many devices that 'The Mandarin' employs, all of them are rooted in observation on my part and I won't name names, but some members of the audience might be able to recognise that I'm doing them. It's a beautiful script and as Shane rightly points out, there's very little deviation from what was on the page by Drew and Shane. There was our mandate and we followed it pretty well to the letter." Stay tuned for more highlights from the Iron Man 3 press conference!

Photos And Video From The London IRON MAN 3 Press Conference

Marvel Studios’ 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?


Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin
Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts
Don Cheadle as Rhodey/War Machine
Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian
Rebecca Hall as Dr. Maya Hansen
Ashley Hamilton as Jack Taggert
James Badge Dale as Eric Savin
Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan

RELEASE DATE: April 25th, 2013 (UK). May 3rd, 2013 (US).

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MisterNiceGuy - 4/18/2013, 6:57 AM
I know im very curious myself. If anyone knows can you PM me please?
CoulsonLives - 4/18/2013, 6:59 AM
I bet he doesn't die...
dellamorte1872 - 4/18/2013, 7:04 AM
Scooby - 4/18/2013, 7:05 AM
Sometimes being revealing isn't a good thing

rebellion - 4/18/2013, 7:09 AM
send me a message..somebody.. i NEED to know
antariss - 4/18/2013, 7:10 AM
Seriously guys, having seen the film yesterday, you DO NOT want to know anything about The Mandarin out of context of actually seeing the movie, in this case context is everything. Trust me.
acidbath - 4/18/2013, 7:17 AM
yeh it's all about the mandarins rings not doing jack shit
MisterNiceGuy - 4/18/2013, 7:18 AM
Im really brainstorming here and I can not come up with a single thing that would piss so many people off besides the whole powerless rings stuff. And I know that's not it..
acidbath - 4/18/2013, 7:22 AM
how do you know that's not what it is nice guy?
rebellion - 4/18/2013, 7:22 AM
okay, now i know what it is and i must say.. i think it's a bad, bad idea. i'm sure the movie will be awesome but that twist will probably bug me.
MisterNiceGuy - 4/18/2013, 7:22 AM
Correction, i do believe the Mandarin having powerless rings is true, i just dont think that is the big twist everyone is griping about. The rings thing has been known for quite some time now
MattSpatola - 4/18/2013, 7:26 AM
Guy Pearce is the Mandarin...James Dale just about said it in an interview...
MisterNiceGuy - 4/18/2013, 7:27 AM
@SpidaTrav, if that is true we will have WWIII on CBM lol. Everyone that was trying to justify Osama Mandarin can fall back on that now, Nolanites will accuse them of being hypocrates. It will be the battle of the ages.

I like that idea though. Would not mind it at all.
rebellion - 4/18/2013, 7:27 AM
it's gonna be interesting to see people's reactions.. some marvel fans here are so quick to attack nolan/fox/sony.. let's see if they can stomach this one
MisterNiceGuy - 4/18/2013, 7:29 AM
LEVITIKUZ considering The decoy mandarin will be getting all the screen time and the lines, it makes sense to have the bigger name do that, despite what the character actually is
MisterNiceGuy - 4/18/2013, 7:31 AM
Firg, where would you rate this compared to Marvels other films? And how many stars out of 5?
CoulsonLives - 4/18/2013, 7:32 AM
My body is ready...
MattSpatola - 4/18/2013, 7:33 AM

You are saying no to what?
Mecha - 4/18/2013, 7:34 AM
Basically there is no Mandarin in Iron Man 3.
CoulsonLives - 4/18/2013, 7:34 AM
Someone please spoil the end credits scenes... That's all I need!
RamonSuarez - 4/18/2013, 7:36 AM
Why are people spoiling the reveal on this thread? How stupid can you be?
MisterNiceGuy - 4/18/2013, 7:37 AM
@CoulsonLives, from what i have read from the certain tweets, ***SPOLIER*** it is in fact that stupid scene with Banner. No GOTG or AntMan. Hopefully they add one for the actual release of the movie
SpideyDude - 4/18/2013, 7:37 AM
if you guys wanna spoil it for yourselves just go on SHH forums
RamonSuarez - 4/18/2013, 7:38 AM
But if the rumors I've read are true, then I will be very interested to see how they pull it off.

MisterNiceGuy - 4/18/2013, 7:38 AM
RamonSuarez, we are all just assuming, nothing has been confirmed yet those that know have been very tight lipped about it.
MattSpatola - 4/18/2013, 7:39 AM
X-Men 3 was almost the best?
RamonSuarez - 4/18/2013, 7:39 AM
It could either be very brilliant in concept and execution or a total derivitive fail.
MisterNiceGuy - 4/18/2013, 7:43 AM
SpideyTrav, i wouldnt look at it that way. I think Marvel is just trying to change up the formula a little bit. With all of the movies they have made and are comming out it is going to be hard not to be repetitive with there movies. Im sure they wont do this for every phase 2 film
RamonSuarez - 4/18/2013, 7:45 AM

I agree. This film could be an answer to all of the complainers and detractors who said that Marvel Studio films are formulaic and derivitive. I'm glad to know that they are taking more risks in the Phase 2 era of their cinematic universe. But we have to see how they pull off the plot twists and "unorthodox" creative choices they make. It can either go very right the way Liam Neeson being Ras Al Ghul worked so well in Batman Begins or very wrong in the dumb reveal of Miranda Tate being Talia Al' Ghul.
MisterNiceGuy - 4/18/2013, 7:49 AM
@RamonSuarez, yes but alas, new things means new haters lol

At least we will have new complaints to read about for the
MisterNiceGuy - 4/18/2013, 7:50 AM
At least we will have new complaints to read about for the
next few years. Im getting tired of the current ones
RamonSuarez - 4/18/2013, 7:52 AM

You would have "taken the money" if it were for free.
HipsterAngelusNY - 4/18/2013, 7:52 AM
I saw a screening on Tuesday its much better than 2 a little better than 1, but some die hard fans might be dissapointed on how it plays out
RamonSuarez - 4/18/2013, 7:53 AM

Yes. It will change things up and force people to reevaluate their opinions towards Marvel, even me. I'm very curious to see how they conceptualized and executed some of these "twists".
AnonymousGuy - 4/18/2013, 7:54 AM
It's Raza from the first film. He's the REAL Mandarin!!!
BIGBMH - 4/18/2013, 7:54 AM
Didn't read the article. Just wanted to thank you all for how considerate you've been about spoilers lately. I know there are mixed feelings among the users here, but I appreciate those who take the time to let us know we may want to avoid their article if we're trying to limit how much we know about the plot.
BlackHulk - 4/18/2013, 7:55 AM
I hate it when people know or claim to know spoilers to a movie, make it public that they know the spoilers and turn down requests to tell the spoilers. That is attention whoring at its finest.
ElBicho - 4/18/2013, 7:56 AM
What a shat "twist"?
HipsterAngelusNY - 4/18/2013, 7:59 AM
Yes, he isnt the real mandarin, in fact the real mandarin is just an actor to put a face on terror while he makes profits, but its kind of cool how they do it. but theres still hope for them to make the fake mandarin a real mandarin in a sequel or avengers 2....
HipsterAngelusNY - 4/18/2013, 8:04 AM
@spidatrav its kind of cool how they reveal it, but technically he could be used in future installements as a real mandarin
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