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First look at Ben Kingsley as Mazar Rackham in Ender's Game

May. 1, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Ben Kingsley, who is about to knock some folks on their ass as The Mandarin in IRON MAN 3, has been revealed as the tatoo-faced Mazar Rackham in director Gavin Hood's adaptation of Orson Scott Card's ENDER'S GAME. The chameleon-like actor seems pleased with the role and explains the character as mysterious, but rich with history.

In the script, which I think is beautifully written, what come across is the authority and mystery. Theres quite a lot said about him in the story before you see him by the recruits and by his fellow officers and thats useful as far as preparations.

Kingsley goes on to explain the face tattoos, which have much more meaning than some bad decisions made under the influence while in college.

Every gesture in the tattoo carries family history, family struggles its your past, the actor says. I was so enthralled. Hes in quite a contained, stylized uniform but then this wonderful face tells his warrior history.

Here's the synopsis:

After an alien race called the Formics attacks Earth, the International Fleet prepare for the next invasion by training the best young children to find the future leader to lead the International Military. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is pulled out of his school to join International Fleet and attend the legendary Battle School. After easily mastering the increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect among his peers, Ender is soon ordained by Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) as the military's next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley) himself to lead the military into a war that will determine the future of Earth and the human race.

ENDER'S GAME, starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld, and Viola Davis, starts playing on November 1, 2013.

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11:58PM on 05/01/2013
Sir Ben Kingsley and Harrison Ford in the same movie just has so much badass potential. And I remember it now, Ben Kingsley's tattoo makeup reminds me of Cloud Atlas.
Sir Ben Kingsley and Harrison Ford in the same movie just has so much badass potential. And I remember it now, Ben Kingsley's tattoo makeup reminds me of Cloud Atlas.
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5:14PM on 05/01/2013
The thing is the ..."silly twist" ...as James Bourne puts it ...well ... I get why many see it as a huge disappointment ... I think so too. That said, there's no denying that Kingsley is absolutely awesome in the role ...and it is very entertaining for what it is (I've deliberately chosen not to say in what way so not to give away how it's played out).
The thing is the ..."silly twist" ...as James Bourne puts it ...well ... I get why many see it as a huge disappointment ... I think so too. That said, there's no denying that Kingsley is absolutely awesome in the role ...and it is very entertaining for what it is (I've deliberately chosen not to say in what way so not to give away how it's played out).
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4:04PM on 05/01/2013
His character is such a huge disappointment in Ironman 3.its a silly twist
His character is such a huge disappointment in Ironman 3.its a silly twist
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2:46PM on 05/01/2013
He's great in Iron Man 3.
He's great in Iron Man 3.
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1:45PM on 05/01/2013
Honestly, it looks he's unaware of what's scrawled on his face. Like he passed out at a space frat party.
Honestly, it looks he's unaware of what's scrawled on his face. Like he passed out at a space frat party.
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1:36PM on 05/01/2013

bring em on

And here comes all the "watch he turns out to be (BLANK) instead of Mazar" jokes now.
And here comes all the "watch he turns out to be (BLANK) instead of Mazar" jokes now.
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1:41PM on 05/01/2013
dude...
dude...
1:33AM on 05/02/2013
You idiot. This is why people should stay away from the Internet before seeing a movie like this.
You idiot. This is why people should stay away from the Internet before seeing a movie like this.
3:06PM on 05/03/2013
Ya cause obviously making a joke over fanboys overreacting because of a plot twist is such a crime. Get a sense of humor.
Ya cause obviously making a joke over fanboys overreacting because of a plot twist is such a crime. Get a sense of humor.
1:31PM on 05/01/2013
As long as we don't find out his real name is Trevor..........
As long as we don't find out his real name is Trevor..........
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