By Katie Nelson
Marvel has announced that a different version of Iron Man 3 will be released in China and will include
cut scenes bonus features of popular Chinese actress Fan Bingbing.
According to a statement released by Marvel:
Renowned Chinese actor Wang Xueqi will appear in both the studio’s Chinese version of the film and in its international and domestic US version. Both versions of the film include Iron Man 3 footage filmed in Beijing in December. The Chinese version of the film will also feature a special appearance of China’s top actress, Fan Bingbing, and will offer specially prepared bonus footage made exclusively for the Chinese audience.
Fan Bingbing was actively promoting the movie during filming last summer, but fans were later confused when they realized that the Iron Man 3 trailer released in China contained footage of the actress whereas the US version did not.
While the censoring of scenes in Hollywood movies is expected in China, it is becoming more and more common to find movies adding scenes tailored towards a Chinese audience.
Certain scenes from the movie Looper, for example, were cut from the English version of the film but were left in the Chinese version because the footage showcased Shanghai landmarks, according to an LA Times article:
China has become an increasing factor for Hollywood studios and producers, who find that they can run into problems when they feature Chinese characters or locations.
In this case, [the studio] has come up with what could prove an unorthodox solution: American and European audiences will see the version that filmmakers want them to see, while Chinese interests will–they hope–also be appeased.
The extra scenes in Iron Man 3 are sure to appease Chinese audience, considering Fan Bingbing is one of China’s most famous sex symbols.
She was also recently signed on to play Blink in the upcoming film “X-Men: Days of Future Past”.