Mickey Rourke is a serious, hardworking actor, and he's not happy when people get in the way of his serious, hardworking actor ways. In a new interview, he trashes bigwigs at Marvel Studios for failing to show the depth of his Iron Man 2 performance because they were more interested in making "mindless comic book movies."
While promoting his new flick Immortals, Rourke talked about his efforts to bring fully formed villains to the screen, specifically mentioning all the work he did with screenwriter Justin Theroux and director Jon Favreau to flesh out his Iron Man 2 character, the villainous Russian Ivan Vanko.
According to Rourke, the trio worked hard to make sure Vanko was more than just a bad guy with some super-cool whips, but most of the character work they did wound up on the cutting-room floor thanks to the Marvel powers that be.
"It's like when I did Ivan Vanko in Iron Man, I fought ... 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 it's their loss. If they want to make mindless comic book movies, then I don't want to be a part of that. I don't want to have to care so much and work so hard, and then fight them for intelligent reasoning, and just because they're calling the shots they ... You know, I didn't 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 'em, I'm just going to mail it in. But I'm not that kind of guy. I'm never going to mail it in.
"At the end of the day you've got some nerd with a pocketful of money calling the shots. You know, Favreau didn't 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 I'm playing like a bad guy."
So, it's pretty safe to say we won't see Rourke stalking around Marvel sets anytime soon. He's not the first star to sound off on the problems with Iron Man 2, but you have to wonder if he's right.
Would rounding out Vanko have made this a better flick?