When it comes to Ben Kingsley's Mandarin, expect the unexpected
When it comes to this particular iteration of the classic villain, Robert Downey Jr. hints that moviegoers may be surprised by the character's dynamic qualities: "So really all that was left was the movie is only as good as its bad guy, and once we cast Sir Ben, half our troubles went away. And then the other half had to do with him executing this very peculiar and awesome arc."
Added Kingsley: "I tried to give the Mandarin in his political broadcasts a rather unnerving sense of righteousness, and make him almost paternalistic, patriarchal. And that's where the timbre of his delivery comes from, and weird iconography was there to disconcert and completely scatter any expectations of where he might be coming from. I think again the line, 'That you will never see me coming' involves ... It sort of voices that unpredictability that he has."