Mickey Rourke Reveals The Fate of Whiplash!

The Iron Man 2 star talks about visiting Russia, working out for the role and lets slip his characters fate in the movie...

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By Josh Wilding - 3/18/2010
In the May 2010 issue of Total Film, Rourke sat down with the magazine and talked about how he prepared for the role with both research and intense physical training as well as possibly revealing the future of Whiplash! To read the full interview where the actor more about working with Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr as well as his career comeback, the magazine is on sale now! (and comes with a free 3D Iron Man 2 mouse mat!)

Why did you decide to take the role of Whiplash when you hate franchise movies?

I normally don’t really care for that type of film but I saw the first one and they very much took a chance by having someone like Robert Downey Jr - who’s not your conventional action hero - play the role. I though that was pretty bold and it paid off because Robert brought a quirky, unpredictable sense of humour to it. He didn’t make it stereotypical like Spider-Man, like Batman and all that shit.

You took yourself off to Russia and a hardcore prison as research…

I was playing a Russian scientist who’s been incarcerated for many years so I wanted to go over and see the facilities in Russia and the Russian criminal society. The inmates were fine and one guy came to my hotel after getting out after 12 years. He showed me these tattoos…They tattoo cats on their fingers or necks and the smaller the kitty-cast the more powerful the prisoner. Favreau didn’t know I was there but after he went to bat for me I wanted to bring as much back-story as I could to the table.

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Tell us about Whiplash’s costume…

The first time I had it on I had it on for four minutes and I was like, “Take it off!” The whole vest weighed about 40lbs and I could walk 25 steps and be exhausted. So what I did with my trainer was put on a 40lb weight vest and put the treadmill on uphill and we just worked out for two months. Whiplash uses electrodes as whips so I used wrist weights and my stunt co-ordinator Garrett Warren would come over and we would do a boxing workout with whips.

WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILER AHEAD!

Will Whiplash be popping up in any of the other Marvel films?

Well, the only thing I can tell you is that they had decided to kill me and we did film it with Gwyneth Paltrow. And then they came to New Mexico and re-shot tit and now it’s left up in the air…

Iron Man 2 will be released in the UK on April 30th and in the US on May 7th.
Source: Total Film
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ecksmanfan - 3/18/2010, 12:08 PM
Interesting. I love to hear when actors get in to their roles like that. How many actors would visit a Russian prison?

ngu13 - 3/18/2010, 12:09 PM
I CANT WAIT FOR IM2
ngu13 - 3/18/2010, 12:11 PM
ecksmanfan FISTER
cptamericanotsomuch - 3/18/2010, 12:14 PM
why the hell is being released there earlier!!!
JoshWilding - 3/18/2010, 12:15 PM
tea: Thanks bud! :) Yeah, I dont normally pick up Total Film but there's a lot of interesting stuff in there this month especially about Kick-Ass as well! You're spot on about the ripple effect being a good thing - Its good to see that they're using the movie to keep building the universe!

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DCMarvelFreshman - 3/18/2010, 12:17 PM
Ohh. Best News Today. So Far. Nice Find Josh
DCMarvelFreshman - 3/18/2010, 12:18 PM
I wonder what the reason was, for shooting in New Mexico. There just has to be a connection between this & Thor filming in New Mexico too.
fullmoonfx - 3/18/2010, 12:19 PM
i cant see that vest weighing 40 lbs, perhaps he was refering to a upgraded suit he wears later, from the top up is practical effects and the bottom part of the suit is CG.
satanors - 3/18/2010, 12:20 PM
Almost every actor i know would do something stupid like that. Why visit a Russian prison when you can 'do some research on the internet'?
flames809 - 3/18/2010, 12:21 PM
good news
JoshWilding - 3/18/2010, 12:23 PM
MF: Thanks mate - I was thinking the same thing about New Mexico actually! I cant help but feel that there will be some sort of mention of Thor or possibly even an appearence...it just seems like too much of a coincidence that they'd choose to shoot exactly where Thor is!
mpk1988 - 3/18/2010, 12:26 PM
@marvelfreshman : xactly the thing that popped into my head... is thr goin to be any connection with THOR???

that wudb orgasmic...
CorndogBurglar - 3/18/2010, 12:31 PM
yeah this doesn't spoil anything. they filmed a scene where he died, and they re-shot a scene where he lives. that doesn't give away his fate at all.
ngu13 - 3/18/2010, 12:31 PM
NEW MEXICO ....THEN THEIR WILL BE SOME THING TO DO WITH THOR THEN ..AT THE END
ngu13 - 3/18/2010, 12:33 PM
I THINK THEY RESHOOT ENDING AFTER THE COPY OF WOLVERINE WAS LEAKED ONTO THE NET .INCASE .. OF IT HAPPENING AGAIN LOL
ngu13 - 3/18/2010, 12:36 PM
MAYBE HE KIDNAPS PEPPER...AND TAKES HER TO MEXICO AND SHE GETS RESCUED BY THOR
superdog - 3/18/2010, 12:41 PM
the reshot ending will be his headless body reaching over to grab his cut off head and we hear mickey rourke say shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..........
ngu13 - 3/18/2010, 12:46 PM
PEPPER TAKES HIM TO MEXICO FOR A NAUGHTY WEEKEND STARK FINDS OUT GOSE MAD ... HE GOSE TO MEXICO THOR HAS DONE WHIPLASH ALREADY AND IS IN BED WITH PEPPER WHEN TONY TURNS UP
Spilox - 3/18/2010, 12:47 PM
Maybe he kidnaps pepper...and thakes her to Mexico and she gets foodpoisoning.
WarNoodle - 3/18/2010, 12:50 PM
I bet they will make it look like he died, and possibly come back in the future as mostly robotic and in a whip lash/ironman suit of his own.... at least they leave it hanging like that in case they decide to do that just in case.
1chris2 - 3/18/2010, 1:05 PM
hell yeah i love to hear that actors study for their roles and really get into them, mickey's the man.
UberGeek - 3/18/2010, 1:13 PM
So basicly once this goes to DVD/Blu-Ray we know that one extra will be an alternative ending.
ngu13 - 3/18/2010, 1:17 PM
HE VANTS TO VIP HER VIZ IZ BIG VIPS YA YA
Checkmate - 3/18/2010, 1:17 PM
A russian inmate for 12 years visited his apartment? I'd be scared [poop]less.
ngu13 - 3/18/2010, 1:20 PM
@JOSH JUST CHECKED YOUR IRON FIST .... NOT BAD AT ALL M8 NICE ...
ngu13 - 3/18/2010, 1:23 PM
THE TATTOOS HE HAS I HOPE THEY DONT GET HIM IN TROUBLE ... HE ISNT RUS MAFIA THEY TAKE AFFENCE AT ACTORS DOING THAT .... MAXIMUM RISK VAN DAMM ... 3 ACTORS WEAR PUT IN IN HOSPITAL FOR PORTRAYING RUSSIAN MAFIA ..AND SCOTT ADKINS .. HAD THREATS OVER HIS TATTOOS
Sigmax - 3/18/2010, 1:24 PM
Sanators, as an actor, doing research on the internet and acutually immersing yourself in the situation are two different things all together. Its like flying an F15 in a flight simulator and flying one for real in person, totally differnt feels.
AvengingAngel1022 - 3/18/2010, 1:25 PM
im sick and tired of them killing villains who arent suppose to be dead
superdog - 3/18/2010, 1:34 PM
its called method acting. those people are crazy. they end up being found in a dumpster somewhere pretending to be neil armstrong in the apollo capsule going to the moon.
JohnnyKrypton - 3/18/2010, 1:41 PM
Looking forward to the re-shot tit lol
ngu13 - 3/18/2010, 1:51 PM
MultiPurposePoni....SATANS ALLY....THE DIRECTORS BEED CUT WITH MORE TOBEY
ngu13 - 3/18/2010, 2:02 PM
WHEN I FIRST SAW THAT .. I THOUGHT THE FILM HADNT STARTED .. THUGHT IT WAS STILL THE TRAILERS ... EVEN WENT IMBD .... IT WAS A ... MASHED DAY WASNT THINKIN RITE AFTER THE WEEKEND M8 LOL@MULTI
superdog - 3/18/2010, 2:03 PM
I KNOW WHO I AM
ngu13 - 3/18/2010, 2:22 PM
MY BAD LOL
MarkV - 3/18/2010, 2:23 PM
Hahah! This talk back is awesome!
Growler - 3/18/2010, 2:30 PM
I'm trying to picture how the hell you go about boxing with whips. Wouldn't they get caught up in the ropes?
ngu13 - 3/18/2010, 2:43 PM
EASY THEIR MULTI ... I WAS JUST TALKIN M8
ATOMbomb - 3/18/2010, 2:45 PM
Hellyeah, can't wait to see IM2. I think would be a killer Bain for Nolan's Batman. He could bring the realism that is expected in Nolan's world and he is buff enough. Also, now he has got the Russian thing he could use. Bain deserve another shot. He is such a bad ass character in comics.
ATOMbomb - 3/18/2010, 2:49 PM
I meant to say I think he would be...you get the point
ngu13 - 3/18/2010, 2:57 PM
@MULTI ...SOS M8 IM BRITISH...WHAT YOU MEAN IM MAKEING A SWEATER ....DIDNT MEAN TO AFEND ..IF I DID M8SORRY
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