Originally Posted by spider-neil
So were you invested in the personality of Mandarin as presented in act 1 or didn't you care?
In the first act...Ben Kingsley (the Mandarin) was presented as a ruthless, narcissistic, uncaring, full of himself, murderous terrorist. You only see him in television spots he has shot and presents to the world. At that point, there is no other way to take him. There is no contradictory info on his character given or even hinted at. So....you either take his character as that or you don't do it for reasons that you would have to explain, because all that is shown and spoke of him is that of being a murderous terrorist.
I'm not sure if that is what you mean by "invested" in the personality, but that is my take on the subject.