Mickey Rourke Has Some Choice Words For Marvel & 'Iron Man 2'

Mickey Rourke Has Some Choice Words For Marvel & 'Iron Man 2'

Outsiders - November 09, 2011
CraveOnline had the chance to sit down with Mickey Rourke and discuss the upcoming release of his next movie, "The Immortals." Rourke discussed this role but also spoke out on how he is not going to be in "Seven Psychopaths", was never doing "The Expendables 2", and has some choice words about how Iron Man 2 turned out...

On how he felt about playing the "bad guy" in the movie but never had the chance to show what the character really had to offer:

Well, I always try to bring that to a character. Itís like when I did Ivan Vanko in Iron Man, I foughtÖ You know, I explained to Justin Theroux, to the writer, and to [Jon] Favreau that I wanted to bring some other layers and colors, not just make this Russian a complete murderous revenging bad guy. And they allowed me to do that. Unfortunately, the [people] at Marvel just wanted a one-dimensional bad guy, so most of the performance ended up the floor.

Well, you know, it is f**king too bad, but itís their loss. If they want to make mindless comic book movies, then I donít want to be a part of that. I donít want to have to care so much and work so hard, and then fight them for intelligent reasoning, and just because theyíre calling the shots theyÖ You know, I didnít work for three months on the accent and all the adjustments and go to Russia just so I could end up on the floor. Because that can make somebody say at the end of the day, oh f**k Ďem, Iím just going to mail it in. But Iím not that kind of guy. Iím never going to mail it in.

Rourke talks about who is really calling the shots during a filming:

No, but Iím saying itís frustrating when that happens, when you care so much and you try so hard. At the end of the day youíve got some nerd with a pocketful of money calling the shots. You know, Favreau didnít call the shots. I wish he would have. And Theroux, we worked together to bring layers to that character, so, you know, I fight for that any time Iím playing like a bad guy.


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