Mickey Rourke on His Iron Man 2 Character Whiplash
Marvel has been keeping a very tight lid on the Iron Man 2 set, give or take Jon Favreau's tweets, not much is making out, which may be a very good thing in the end. But one person that has been talking briefly about his character is Mickey Rourke, the comeback king of last year who has a role as the villain Whiplash in the sequel. There was an update from Empire a few weeks ago that I'm combining with these very short quotes from The Guardian, who recently talked with him as well. So do you want to hear one of his lines? "If someone kills me, don't wake me up, because I'd rather be dead than live in your world."
I don't really know if that's one of his lines or not, but Rourke did tell The Guardian that he "decided to do half [of his] role in Russian" and has been training with a dialect coach. That was one of only four sentences he said he had learned after two weeks. And speaking of his character Whiplash, this is the description that Rourke gave Empire in a previous update a few weeks ago. "It's been really brutal, because my Iron Man suit weighs 23lb. It's sort of a half-suit, with half my skin showing, with lots of Russian tattoos, because [Whiplash is just] out of a Russian-zone prison." Does that sound something like a badass villain to you?
It's a bit hard to picture that suit from such a skimpy description, but I like the sound of it so far. This is starting to turn out pretty awesome and I can't wait to see what Rourke is like in this role. If you want to read more from Rourke or Favreau, head over to The Guardian or Empire. In the meantime, we'll be keeping our eyes open for any more updates that make their way out of Marvel's grasp before Comic-Con in July.