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SarcasticCaveman 5/30/2012 10:42:27 PM

Eh, they've already made the Ten Rings a Middle Eastern terrorist organization...wouldn't really make sense to me for The Mandarin to be Chinese.

BunyonSnipe 5/31/2012 1:10:39 AM

Thi is a VERY good point!

BunyonSnipe 5/31/2012 1:12:03 AM

But I thought the Middle East was just ONE of the TEN RINGS, making it a worldwide organization...

SarcasticCaveman 5/31/2012 1:39:53 AM

I'm pretty sure the newsclip in the movie said they were a terrorist organization calling themselves The Ten Rings...would pull out my DVD, but I'm getting caught up on this season of Eureka right this moment...lol

Dazzler 5/31/2012 3:53:18 AM

Finally some great news.  Marvel would be stupid not to go with this.  And use a story from the comics instead of a safe generic story. 

Wiseguy 5/31/2012 5:28:49 AM

But violator like I said before the Mandarin is half english. So why are you so hungup for an asian to play him

violator14 5/31/2012 8:52:56 AM

Oh is that what u meant wise? haha i thought u meant Kingsley was half english or something and i was like wth does that matter??.... Hmm, ok granted I didn't know that, so I guess I'll fold to this small debate and give Ben a pass to play the Mandarin. However I still would have preferred the Chow Chow mein Fat man! =)

 

mellowdoux 5/31/2012 9:18:53 AM

 For those of you are wondering how Kingsley came to be cast as "The Mandarin", I came across this transcript of the casting interview. It might shed some light:

Kevin Fiege: "Hello Ben, what can we do for you?"

Kingsley: "I want to play Mandarin in Iron Man 3."

Fiege: "Sorry man. Thanks for the opportunity, but No."

Kingsley: "No? NO?"

Fiege: "That's right, No."

Kingsley: "I don't do 'No'"

Fiege: "I'm just saying that we're going to turn this opportunity down."

Kingsley: "I think you need to turn this opportunity 'YES!'"

Feige: "We're not going to cast you as the Mandarin."

Kingsley: "You will!"

Fiege: "We won't!"

Kingsley: "You WILL!"

Fiege: "No!"

Kingsley: "YES!"

Fiege: "No!"

Kingsley: "YES!!! YES!!!"

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The complete interview is quite long, but I'm sure you can find the unedited version online.

tjanson 6/1/2012 6:10:41 PM

Ben Kingsley would make a great "Chuin" if they ever to a Remo Williams remake

 

muensterjohnson 6/4/2012 6:03:27 AM

Ben Kingsley is one of Mr. Downey's friends. I suspect he was approached for the part. Plus, Mr. Kingsley is one heck of an actor.

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