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You know how some actors choose to take the high road after working on a project that doesn’t quite come together. Not Mickey Rourke. He’s a much bigger fan of telling people exactly what’s on his mind, even if it means setting fires to most of the bridges he walks over. Over the years, he’s poured gasoline and thrown matches at the Marvel walkway numerous times thanks to his disdain for Iron Man 2, but in case if you weren’t aware of his hatred, he decided to twist the knife in again this week on Late Night With Seth Meyers.
There to promote his work on Sin City 2, Mickey Rourke, dressed and styled like he was attending a combination line dancing party and rave, was asked if he was a comic book fan, and he, of course, used the opportunity to remind everyone he’s still not pleased. You can check out a portion of his quote below…
I’m not a Marvel fan… 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. "
Here’s the thing about those quotes. If Mickey Rourke had been asked directly about Iron Man 2, they would be perfectly reasonable. Perhaps, they would even be a bit classy and understated, but because they come out of nowhere, it feels like he’s throwing right hands for the sake of throwing right hands.
You can watch the whole thing in context below…
The source of the problems stretch back to pre-production. Rourke reportedly asked the creative players on set if he could ad some layers to his character. They immediately agreed and perhaps weren’t surprised since the actor is a guy who always likes to go deep with his characters. When it came time to actually put the movie together, however, the Marvel decision-makers allegedly pulled much of his performance, preferring instead to have a simpler villain who was more straight up evil. Allegedly. Marvel, of course, hasn’t spoken out on the matter.
Regardless, it’ll be a cold day in hell before we see either Rourke or Marvel pushing to reunite and join force for another roll in the hay. Fortunately, something tells me the majority of fans are OK with that. Some fine meats are better kept on different sandwiches.