Kingsley Breaks Down Villain Role from 'Iron Man 3'

Sir Ben Kingsley discusses the inspiration behind his performance of the Mandarin in hit film.
2:48 | 05/02/13

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"Iron man 3" opens in the u.S. Tomorrow. A hit overseas and our favorite cast of characters are back. Robert downey jr., Gwyneth paltrow and they face a new foe, the mandarin played by sir ben kingsley. Take a look. The path is clear. Master is traveling. ♪ what are we waiting for? That's it. In a nutshelby the way, sir ben kingsley, good enough to join us this morning. We see in there he has all the affecttations of movie bad guy, terrorist bad guy and yet he is so much more than he looks and seems. Well, I decided not to play him villainously but to try and play him as a man who has a profound belief in his own sense of righteousness, that's what's terrifying about these people who hack into our airwaves and broadcast to us and they have a totally almost benign passivity about them and that was my juggle. You do so, again, in a -- there was a line where your speech patterns are compared to a baptist preacher. Yes. And I know you said there's a lesson here. Read the script and read the whole script because's how you based his speech. Absolutely. My dear colleague, robert downey jr. Refers to my speech patterns as a baptist preacher then I also read in the screenplay that I prefer to call myself a teacher. I actually say those lines myself and in the script there's that -- it's all about the writing. Sure. Beautiful rhythmic speech patterns that I can get inside a word and stretch it -- the word almost loses its meaning but becomes a threat. It was a great acting exercise. Quickly, robert said earlier this week these movies are only as good as their bad guys. Was it fun? Was it as fun as it appeared to become this -- let me go right back at robert. I'm only as good as the company I keep. He is a magnificent leading man and on the set he was extraordinary. The new guys you mentioned in the team, myself included, were made so welcome and we were team players within seconds which is a great, you know, great attribute for a team to have and shows on the screen. It does and becomes something greater than itself. Wonderful to have you here. Great to be here. Best of luck. Thank you. With the film. Again, it is "iron man 3" and opens tomorrow.

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