Iron Man 3: Robert Downey Jr. Says Kingsley Will ‘Steal the Movie’

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Speculation regarding whether or not Iron Man’s arch-nemesis The Mandarin would appear in this summer’s Iron Man 3 was running rampant long before the first trailer was finally released. However, now that we know that Sir Ben Kingsley is going head-to-head with Tony Stark in writer/director Shane Black’s film, the real question is: Does the character deliver?

Both previous Iron Man films arguably featured weak villains that resulted in unsatisfying final battles. This time, Marvel is coming off of the epic Manhattan invasion in The Avengers, and it’s essential that the finale of Iron Man 3 keep that momentum going strong. We’ve previously heard nothing but praise for Kingsley’s performance as the leader of the Ten Rings.

Now, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly (via Comic Book Movie), star Robert Downey Jr. continues to single out Kingsley’s performance as one of the film’s greatest strengths. Here’s what he had to say:

“Sir Ben is probably going to steal the movie. There are a lot of contenders who may, but right now he’s probably at the top of that list. He came in as, obviously – speaking of training – as such a technically proficient instrument. And then what proceeded to happen was the release of more vintage, old-school Favreau [improv] stuff with a Shane Black twist on it. It was kind of frightening to witness, I’ll tell you that much.”


Much has been said about how chilling the Mandarin will be in the finished film, and casting such an acclaimed performer as the Oscar-winning Kingsley was clearly a smart move for Marvel. Downey’s comments indicate that Kingsley’s performance as the Mandarin could be more in line with Tom Hiddleston’s Loki than previous Iron Man foes, as some fans have hoped.

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Furthermore, Downey’s comments regarding the fusion of Favreau’s and Black’s filmmaking styles is in keeping with what we’ve expected, given Favreau continued role as co-star and producer of Iron Man 3. The Mandarin’s appearance had, of course, been previously hinted at in the first Iron Man film. So it’s only fitting that the director who ushered in the franchise should see this storyline through to conclusion.

Iron Man 3 releases May 3rd, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1st, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6th, 2015, and Doctor Strange sometime after that.


Source: Entertainment Weekly (via Comic Book Movie)

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  1. When i saw the trailer it seemed like it was just another iron man versus iron man movie. Is that not right?

    • Id agree, as far as villians go nothing has struck me more than the presence benedict cumberbatch brought to the star trek trailer

      • I am expecting this Star Trek to be huge.

    • The Manderin isn’t in a suit though.

  2. Really can’t wait, Kingsley is great in pretty much anything he stars in.

    Must say a lot about British theatre when some of the best and most commanding actors of all time started out there (talking about Sir Ben Kingsley, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Michael Caine).

    • what about anthony hopkins ?

      • Hopkins is probably the best imo.

        • Or Sir Kenneth Branagh! They should knight Colin Firth (because he played the king so well) and Gary Oldman (because he’s part of a royal theater like Hopkins, Stewart, Kingsley, McKellan and Caine).

    • The Funny thing is all of those actors stared in Superhero movies.

  3. I cringe everytime I see that Iron Man 3 poster. His lower legs look unnaturally long to me: his ankles in the poster image are where his feet should be.

    • It might look weird, but it’s more of an optical illusion. There’s a lift at the bottom of his “boots” which cause him to stand taller.

      • Hes got to fit those repulsors in the sole of those boots lol thats gotta take up some space.

    • That’s a great image!

    • that is a very lam poster why SR leaves it where you found it!!! THEY COULD HAVE DONE MUCH BETTER

  4. Movie

  5. I always take this sort of talk with a grain of salt. I don’t buy marketing hype. I’ve just been hurt to many times before…

  6. Until I actually see the movie and witness the marvel (heh) of Sir Ben Kingsley’s acting personally, I’ll just pass these comments about his acting away and consider them as just another marketing strategy (obviously).

  7. kingsley stealing the movie opposite RDJ as tony stark? haha oh pleeeez!

  8. I like Ben Kingsley but I’m still getting the sense that his so-called great performance is being overhyped. Nothing in the trailers or anything we’ve seen so far actually tells me he’s gonna kill it. And I still don’t get his weird accent!

    • the trailer shows nothing more than different angles of the same shot of kingsley, so i’ll wait until the actual film. i may even skip anymore spoilers and previews. i wonder if i can resist.

  9. Maybe he’ll be as good as the heathbledger joker good to know Downey is excited

    • Never in a million years.

      • Why not? Seriously? Heath Leadger as The Joker is not the pinnacle of acting. Sir Ben Kingsly has also won awards, an Oscar included. There is no reason with this part and this actor in IM3 that the performance can’t be as good or better. I’m not saying it will be, but there is no good reason it can’t. I personally, am most excited about Sir Ben’s performance when it comes to IM3.

  10. imo, you dont need to be to good to steal a movie from RDJ.

    i am looking forward to The Mandarin!

  11. I just saw the latest Iron Man Trailer (day after the Super Bowl. The wickedness of the Mandarin’s involvement with the airplane strike was a shocking as Bane’s kidnapping and plane distruction in Dark Knight Rises.

    I may be a fool, but that CGI of the freefall and the whole bit about Iron Man saving only 4 of the 13 passengers got me interested in the film. A side note (or an around-about note) about the Mandarin’s accent…

    Cowardice (in the form of political correctness) reigns here. The villian’s ethnicity is shrouded. But both the name “Mandarin,” and the comic book character point to a Chinese antagonist. Acknowledging this doesn’t mean that the old Marvel Comics considered all Chinese to be bad people, just this ONE evil genius. Too bad the only courageous people at Marvel are their factious characters.