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Clarence Tsui of The Hollywood Reporter wrote an insightful article on legendary Chinese actor Wang Xueqi (who plays Dr. Wu, a scientist and friend from Tony Stark’s past) and his experience working on the Iron Man 3 set. The publication interviewed Xueqi after a press conference for the film in Beijing on Saturday.
Xueqi disclosed more details about his character:
It’s not a character which exists in the original comic series and he’s a very complicated individual: he’s at once a specialist in Chinese medicine and Western medicine, but also a scientist and someone who has an in-depth knowledge of ancient Chinese culture…
Apparently this “complicated individual” attracted Xueqi to the role. Xueqi says in the interview that upon learning of a potential part in the film, he said “it wouldn’t do if it’s a character who’s finished off after a few fights”. However, he learned that the character is someone who saves Tony Stark’s life. The article says that In Iron Man 3, Dr. Wu uses traditional Chinese medicine to heal Stark.
The character Dr. Wu, is someone from Stark’s past and for that reason Xueqi said:
It’s a very challenging role. I don’t get a lot of scenes, but you have to convince viewers that [Stark and Wu] are friends from way back. It’s not like in other films when you can get to show that through a lot of interaction between the characters.
According to the article, Stark and Wu meet only twice in the film. Once in the present and once in a flashback when he’s living in Miami. The actor also reportedly speaks Chinese on screen throughout the film, which made it difficult to create on screen chemistry with Stark.
Xueqi also dropped info about his character being in a potential sequel. Xueqi said:
…Even the bosses were very concerned about whether we could sound like friends when we speak in different languages. What they would want is to develop [Dr Wu] if there’s a fourth installment—because after all, it’s him who propped Stark up when he’s in his most difficult time.
Iron Man 3 is out May 3rd, 2013.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel