'Shang-Chi' Actor Tony Leung Says He Never Played the Mandarin as a Villain

In Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the incomparable Tony Leung has stepped into the role of a character named Wenwu. You may know Wenwu by another name: the Mandarin.

In a new interview, Leung discusses his approach to playing a proper version of the comic book villain on the big screen, and it turns out he didn’t seek to play the Mandarin as a bad guy at all.

Tony Leung is known the world over to cinephiles for his frequent collaborations with director Wong Kar-wai, such as Chungking ExpressIn the Mood for Love, and The Grandmaster: the latter of which we just profiled as one of the best movies streaming right now. This week, Leung spoke with Elle Singapore, and since he was promoting the theatrical release of Shang-Chi (opening in Singapore the day before it hits the U.S. on September 3, 2021), the topic of Wenwu/The Mandarin naturally came up.

Here’s what Leung had to say about his approach to playing Wenwu/The Mandarin:

A Villain on a Hero’s Quest


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