It’s worth remembering that before the recent brouhaha about Edgar Wright and Ant-Man that this episode wasn’t the first time that Marvel Studios has struggled in its relationship with talent. There was Terrence Howard‘s somewhat unceremonious replacement as James “Rhodey” Rhodes in the Iron Man movies, and there was that time Eward Norton‘s Bruce Banner suddenly looked a lot like Mark Ruffalo. But in in one specific case, it appears that bygones aren’t yet bygones. During a recent interview, actor Mickey Rourke re-affirmed that if he gets a collect call from Marvel, he will not be accepting the charges.
While talking to Seth Meyer on Late Night recently, Rourke, who was there to promote his new film Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, was asked by Meyer if he was a comic book fan. It was a perfectly innocent question, but Rourke took it as an opportunity to get out some dirty laundry and flaunt it on national TV. “I’m not a Marvel fan,” he said. “Once I did a movie for Marvel and they cut the whole goddamn thing out… When you bring it to the table, it’s really disappointing when they cut things out. ”
What Rourke is referring to was the more multifaceted performance he tried to bring to the role of the villain Whiplash in Iron Man 2. Rourke had attempted to give the main bad guy of the second Iron Man movie some dimension and depth, but in the finished movie he appeared to be just a bird man from Russia with a Tony Stark complex, easily dispatched in the film’s conclusion by Tony and Rhodey. Of course, every actor likes to think that they bring something more to a part than what’s on the page, and while I would agree that Whiplash comes off as a little simplistic in the film, I think that what we see of Rourke playing the part is rather well-drawn. If I were to make a list of problems with Iron Man 2, Rourke’s performance would not be one of them.
It’s also worth pointing out that Whiplash died at the end of Iron Man 2 (Spoiler Alert!) so it might be somewhat unlikely that they’d want him for, say, a Masters of Evil team in a future Avengers movie. Marvel also doesn’t do repeats unless you count the fact that Ray Stevenson played the Punisher in Punisher: War Zone before he played Volstagg in the Thor movies. Either way, it seems that resentment runs deep for Rourke on the issue of Marvel. Maybe Warner Bros. can put him to use in one of the DC Comics based movies?
You watch the full Late Night interview with Rourke below:
Source: Cinema Blend