Mickey Rourke Talks Deeply of Whiplash for Iron Man 2

Check out this long talk with Mickey Rourke, where he talks about almost every aspect of his character for the awaited Iron Man 2.

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 4/15/2010
In this huge talk from Inquirer Entertainment, with "Wrestler" actor, Mickey Rourke, he talks about the character development of, Ivan Vanko. And He talks about what it was like coming to a big blockbuster such as this.



“It’s no big deal,” he says. “But you have to do what you need to do to get a handle on your guy. I felt I needed to know where he’d spent a lot of years and in this case that was in a Russian prison. So I wanted to see what that was like for myself.”

“I didn’t tell Favreau I was going,” he says. “I went over there for a few weeks and I went to the prisons in Moscow and I met with a prisoner who had just got out after 12 years and I was fascinated by the tattoo work that he had and some of the other guys, too.

“I was interested in the meaning and significance of the tattoos that they had because they are different to the ones you see in the States. A lot of the tattoos have secret meanings. For instance, there will be a drawing of a cat, depending on the size of the tattoo, which can mean different things in a prison society.

“There was one tattoo that I was very interested in and it was of an old Russian schooner and the guy had it on his belly and underneath, in Russian, it said ‘give me a blonde, a bottle and a boat and I’ll sail away..’”

“I tried to incorporate the whole Russian philosophy. It’s a culture of its own and I really enjoyed doing the research and meeting the people and they were very gracious there at the prison.

“The guards took their time with me, I talked to the guards and to the prisoners and I was very interested in seeing under what conditions my character would have been incarcerated for 20 years.”




“In the story, the iron man suit(Arc Reactor) was invented by my father over in Russia and was stolen by Tony Stark’s father and then my father spent his whole life feeling cheated and then died when he got out of prison,” Rourke explains. “And so what I’m doing is avenging my father’s death because of what was stolen from him.”

“It was nice because both Favreau and Downey Jr both fought for me to get my deal worked out, those guys both went into bat for me and I appreciated that,” says Rourke.

“And then I spoke to Favreau and I told him, after I read the material, that I had some adjustments that I wanted to make and some character choices and he brought in Justin Theroux, the writer.

“And I said ‘well, I’d like to be able to speak Russian in the movie, I’d like to be able to use a Russian accent when I had to speak English and I also wanted to have a pet.’

“I was also adamant about not making him your typical, you know, lumbering kind of one dimensional Russian villain character. I said ‘there is no reason why this guy can’t be sympathetic at times…’

“I also wanted him to have a sense of humour. Yeah, sure he is going to be violent and unpredictable and all those other stereotypical things that you are going to have with a Russian bad guy but it was important for me to bring some likeability to the character.”




If you thought this wasn't deep enough, head over to Inquirer.net to read the big entire discussion with Mickey Rourke on Whiplash.



Three more weeks til Iron Man 2's worldwide release, and a couple of weeks for some foreign viewers. May 7th 2010
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WolvieCBM - 4/15/2010, 1:16 PM
Awesome find @MF! This is a big interview...only 14 days left!
SraFisher - 4/15/2010, 1:28 PM
good find
Stumblin - 4/15/2010, 1:29 PM
This is why I love Mickey Rourke, he takes something one dimensional and makes a well rounded, unique character that is his own. He tried to make him as believable as possible, and I think Mickey's work is going to shine in Iron Man 2. Can't flippin' wait!
ASSASSIN666 - 4/15/2010, 1:33 PM
Mickey Rourke- Has more talent than 90 percent of who's acting in hollywood. His second coming might just offer more than his first.
MarkV - 4/15/2010, 1:33 PM
Very cool, nice find.
MarkV - 4/15/2010, 1:35 PM
Check this out:

"Rourke needed to wear a spectacular, but very heavy, suit, complete with lasers that fire from his arms. And the first time he tried it on, before filming started, he realised that in itself represented quite a challenge."

elcaballerooscuro92 - 4/15/2010, 1:38 PM
im so glad that this movie is gonna be release a week earlier in mexico
Gotbatman - 4/15/2010, 1:38 PM
awesome!
I hear Rourke's a bit of a douche in person though xP
but seems like he knows his sh1t!
elcaballerooscuro92 - 4/15/2010, 1:39 PM
im so glad that this movie is gonna be release a week earlier in mexico
elcaballerooscuro92 - 4/15/2010, 1:41 PM
i cant wait to see him in the expendables
jallanr - 4/15/2010, 1:44 PM
awesome find. this is why uve gotta love rourke. he gets jus so into his characters, that they become so much more real on the screen. u cant help but not like his characters, even if they r a bad guy.

woo hoo!
jallanr - 4/15/2010, 1:46 PM
btw, check out part one of my first ever fan-fic, Sleepy Bottle: a Deadpool tale!
http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/jallanr/news/?a=17062

woo hoo!
HelaGood - 4/15/2010, 1:55 PM
AWESOME find, MF!!!!
Colton - 4/15/2010, 2:05 PM
we in irl get it at the end of the month. woohoo
Talontd - 4/15/2010, 2:42 PM
How ANYONE could hate on Rourke with this kind of devotion to EACH & EVERY character he portrays is beyond me...

So glad he's a part of IM2!
ATOMbomb - 4/15/2010, 2:59 PM
Awesome!! Can't wait to see the movie!
Brashlight - 4/15/2010, 3:14 PM
I know Mickey Rourke can be an odd guy in real life but its attention to detail and dedication like this that allow movies and the characters in it to become more than just characters. They become alive and you begin to connect with them. I liked that he was in this movie, now I LOVE that he is in this movie. I loved the Dark Knight but I am pretty sure this one is going to blow it out of the watter! Its gonna be a GREAT ONE! I can't wait to see Iron Man 2.
KeithM - 4/15/2010, 3:53 PM
What everyone else is saying. Knowing Rourke actually gives a shit this much is reassuring and encouraging.

Keep trying to keep my expectations under control, but the little fanboy in me starts getting all excited when I read stuff like this.
answer - 4/15/2010, 4:25 PM
I wish all actors put in as much of an effort when researching roles! Unlike most...
80sFace - 4/15/2010, 4:32 PM
"He's going to be violent and unpredictable and all those other stereotypical things that you are going to have with a Russian bad guy but it was important for me to bring some likeability to the character"

He's right. You can't have a one dimensional bad guy. It weakens the film. That's why I don't want Hugo Weaving for the Red Skull. It's hard to make the Skull Sympathetic at all - he's a friggin' Nazi, I know - but c'mon, Hugo Weaving can't add any dimensionality to the Skull.

Michael Fassbender for the Red Skull!
RorMachine - 4/15/2010, 4:43 PM
People don't know how to take Rourke in Hollywood because he speaks his mind and doesn't kiss ass. Just watch any interview on a chat show or an award ceremony to see what I mean.
DCMarvelFreshman - 4/15/2010, 4:46 PM
@RorMachine I noticed that. Like in an interview discussing The wrestler, the interviewer was about to bring up Mickey's parents, and he told the guy not to talk about them. flat out like that.
jjmeylar - 4/15/2010, 5:34 PM
This man is a TRUE actor. He really gets into his character..........let's just hope that he doesn't kill anyone with electro-whips. lol
80sFace - 4/15/2010, 7:26 PM
Just realized. That's a caged bird in the picture...I like the metaphor with Ivan Vanko.
ASSASSIN666 - 4/15/2010, 7:31 PM
cchriswake- Why don't you go and cook a spoon somewhere and get f**ked!
Zombie137 - 4/15/2010, 8:52 PM
Honestly, how can you not like him. He goes so far to get into the role its amazing.
eviltattooedguy - 4/15/2010, 9:03 PM
While I believe Rourke goes a little overboard with his character development, He always seems to play cool ass roles. I can't wait to see what the deal is with this. However he better get a suit of red armor and end up being the Crimson dynamo...or I'll be pissed.
Orphix - 4/16/2010, 2:56 AM
80sFace@ - I think that's a little unfair on Hugo Weaving. He is a good actor and done varied roles.

I remember in V for Vendetta that he brought a hell of a lot of depth and sympathy to the main role and he had to act through a mask which covered his ENTIRE face. No mean feat!

Admittedlty I don't know how Weaving approaches a role or whether it is comparable with Rourke. But there is no right or wrong way. You just do what works for you to get the job done.

Thats why I didn't care about Hopkins not doing that much research on the Thor comics. He is a great actor, a professional and what he needs is right there in the script. It tends to be all about the scenes, character and the story with him - it's all in the script.

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