The MCU brought Ben Kingsley back to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Previously, the Oscar-winning actor had already participated in the franchise built by the studio, when he appeared in Iron Man 3. However, his appearance in the closing of the Tony Stark trilogy did not like the critics and the fans, because what was planned as a revealing cameo ended up being remembered as a failed adaptation of a character with a lot of weight in the comics.
Eight years after the premiere of the aforementioned film – and the short All Hail The King, which served as a sort of reboot after the controversial mistake–, Trevor Slattery is still the same old actor who once called himself The Mandarin, but his surroundings and his intentions have changed..
At a press conference (which was also attended by Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Meng’er Zhen, Ronny Chen, Kevin Feige and director Destin Daniel Cretton), Kingsley spoke about his coexistence with colleagues on set, as well as his admiration by Cretton, the importance of telling stories that feel pure.
“I think when you listen to Destin [hablar sobre un proyecto]You know the motivations behind the story are pure, crystal clear and lucid, ”said Ben Kingsley about Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
On the other hand, the interpreter gave his opinion regarding the topics covered in the film, which are aligned with the celebration of Asian-American culture that was configured in this phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is what he mentioned:
“They are themes that enhance life and do not feel condescending, because they beautifully present [aspectos como] memory, loss and families discarded, but reconciled. All of this comes from the heart of Destin and from the heart of Kevin and the writers. If your motivations as a storyteller are pure, angels will help you with your story. To quote a great author whom I admire: ‘telling a story is healing’. I believe that since this is such a beautiful and richly told story, in the end, it will be healing, because it is not propaganda. It is a beautiful story ”.
Ben Kingsley’s involvement in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings allowed him to put himself back in the shoes of the cynical copycat. The interesting thing is that, far from reinterpreting Slattery as a fearful and manipulable drinker, here he gives him the treatment of “fish out of water” that has to adapt to a new environment.
About this process, the actor commented the following:
“[El personaje de] Trevor is a Shakespearean actor who is transported to a completely exotic environment, but survives [a esto].
Leaving aside his character, Kingsley also commented that, when living with his companions and companions on set, there were no cultural barriers:
“I’ve done 17 of Shakespeare’s plays, so in a way I’m a Shakespearean actor, but as soon as I got thereOn set, the fact that my colleagues were from a different culture was irrelevant. We act together. We live in empathy and transformation and that is our bargaining chip. Everything else is irrelevant. […] I think people will realize that there is little difference in the narratives and in our hearts.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is now available in cinemas. Here you find everything you need to know about the film.
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Ben Kingsley talks about his return to the MCU