[Movies] Ben Kingsley Comments On Rumors About His "Secret Project" For Marvel
Posted by Joseph Lee on 11.02.2013
Is it about The Mandarin?
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Ben Kingsley spoke about the rumors that his "secret project" with Marvel is a One-Shot that features the real Mandarin taking revenge for his portrayal by Aldrich Killian and Trevor Slattery in Iron Man 3. Here are highlights:
On his secret project being about the Mandarin: "I think it may be seen as . . . sometimes [Marvel] tacks on a short film to one of their other releases, maybe on a DVD or something. I haven't heard anything at all about this. So it's in progress. It will have to remain under wraps. Marvel was so brilliant in the way they kept the transition from the Mandarin to Trevor Slattery in Iron Man 3. They were absolutely brilliant at it. I so respect the way they dearly want to surprise their audiences. But we will just have to leave it in the realm of rumor."
On his facial tattoos in Ender's Game: "The mask and tattoos are called Tā moko and that was devised by a New Zealand Māori who studied the script and came back with this wonderful design for myself, which, in itself, tells a story. The Tā moko designs do tell a story of the person's journey in this life, his lineage to his forebears. It's like a genealogical map and a very beautiful way of telling the world who you are."
On playing paternal, mentor-like characters: "I think that storytelling, at its best, can be healing. We've always told stories to each other, as human beings, over thousands and thousands of years as a process of explanation, comfort, healing. To be part of that tradition and to be a storyteller—in essence, that is what I am—I feel that it is a great way to connect to the outside world. Subconsciously—I don't think it is consciously— I am drawn to these patriarchal figures. Gandhi, of course, his nickname was "Bapu," which means "Dad." The great patriarch Simon Wiesenthal, whom I portrayed in Murderers Amongst Us. Otto Frank, whom I played in Anne Frank: The Whole Story. I think that you could consider Itzhak Stern a great patriarch in Schindler's List. Beharni [the patriarch of an immigrant Iranian family] in The House of Sand and Fog, a flawed figure but a great father who defended his family and his home with his life. I think it's perhaps possible to find moments of personal expression through one's work. I find that I am subconsciously drawn to these characters, but then, Julie, to get to your other point, what has happened is [people respond]. I was in Los Angeles a few years ago, just at the Grove [an outdoor shopping mall], and an Iranian family approached me. The daughter said, "How did you know about my dad?" That I somehow, through the script and my intuition and the wonderful direction of Vadim Perelman, was able to connect with her, was incredible. And she saw me in the mall and said, "Dad!" Quite wonderful. To be able to reach out to people and touch them as a plain, simple actor and say or convey, "I know, I know. This story may be part of your story." That is what I mean by healing. Film can help people. It can get them to think about parts of their lives that perhaps they need to think about or investigate or cherish, or move away from."