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It wouldn’t be a surprise if movie studios took inspiration from the Marvel franchise when it came to their casting. And that seems to be the case, as it was revealed that Ben Kingsley was selected for his role in daliland thanks to the UCM
The film’s director, Mary Harron, and writer John Walsh told The Warp in an interview that it was thanks to iron Man 3 that they were able to find their Salvador Dalí. According to them, Kingsley’s performance as the villainous puppet/actor is close to how they envisioned someone to play the well-known surrealist artist. They saw Kingsley as someone who can play both a strong character and a weak one and believed he could play the part.
“And then we saw…iron Man 3. He was brilliant. But we hadn’t seen that range aspect of him. And we said, ‘Wow, he’s so loose and funny and goofy,’ and that was Dalí, a very loose character.
“I was terrified of everything, really. Incredible courage creatively, but, like, terrified of germs, huge hypochondriac, scared of a lot of things. He couldn’t pay for a taxi on his account. He could barely push an elevator button and had other people do everything. And then we realized that a great actor like Sir Ben is really universal. They can play strong and weak.”
Kingsley made his MCU debut in 2013 as the villain known as The Mandarin. It was later revealed that he was just an actor named Trevor Slattery and that he was just a puppet of the real big bad from the movie. He later made a comeback in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings as he was saved from execution by Xu Wenwu and ended up as the “jester” of the Ten Rings.
daliland is a 2022 live-action biographical film about the life of Salvador Dalí in the 1970s. The film focuses not only on his life as an artist but also on his relationship with his wife and muse, Gala. The film stars Kingsley as Salvador Dalí and Barbara Sukowa as Gala. Also in the film is Ezra Miller, who plays the younger version of Dalí.
The film recently had its world premiere at the 2022 Toronto Film Festival. A public theatrical release has yet to be announced.