Iron Man 3's baddie explains why he hasn't read any of the comics

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Mar 18, 2013, 1:34 PM EDT (Updated)

In classic Marvel fashion, they’re keeping a lot of details under wraps when it comes to the upcoming Iron Man 3. But the Mandarin himself has been kind enough to open up and let us know what we should (and shouldn’t) expect.

Ben Kingsley, who will play the classic baddie in Shane Black’s sequel, gave Total Film some insight into his take on the character. For all the big fans of the comics, he wanted to offer a heads up: Don’t expect his version to fit exactly with the comics you’ve been reading all these years.

Why? Because he hasn’t read them, and doesn’t plan to anytime soon. But here’s why that could be a good thing:

“I didn’t have any template to copy. I’m undereducated as far as Marvel comics are concerned, and that can be a good thing, like coming to a Shakespeare play fresh rather than having done it 20 times... [It’s a] human portrayal of evil, on a grand scale. [Mandarin] released demonic layers in me...I did go a little crazy!” 

Kingsley is one heck of an actor, and it’s hard to argue with his method. He seems to think he and Black have cracked the character, so why bother throwing decades of interpretations and expectations on yourself? But, on the flip side, you have to wonder if there aren’t a few things Kingsley might could’ve learned from the comic canon.

What do you think of Kingsley’s decision not to read up on the character her’s playing? 

(Via Comic Book Movie)

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