Mickey Rourke to play Iron Man 2 villain

Mickey RourkeAfter much salary negotiation, The Wrestler star Mickey Rourke has finally been locked in to play the villain “Whiplash” in Iron Man 2. Marvel studios initially offered the comeback star only $250,000 for this large-scale film, a modest amount in Hollywood terms, but he successfully convinced the studio to pay him more money. Robert Downey Jr., star of the original Iron Man, who’s also set to reappear in the sequel, played a large part in helping Rourke land the role. Variety reports that the two actors took part in a discussion with Newsweek‘s David Ansen, in which Downey interrupted the conversation by reaching across the table and flat-out asking Mickey to be in Iron Man 2. His “Whiplash” character will be based on two Marvel comic book villains — Whiplash, an assassin with a self-designed whip, and Russian agent Crimson Dynamo. “I’ll bring it all [to the role],” Rourke promised.

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  1. bubbles • March 13, 2009 @ 9:31 AM

    250K?!?! That wouldn’t even cover his bottox injections. that aside, he could be an interesting villain. Can’t wait!

  2. whatever • March 13, 2009 @ 12:29 PM

    i feel like we live in a parrallel universe and the other side of us is actually living in a world where doctors make 250K a year and not silly actors.

  3. bob • March 13, 2009 @ 2:23 PM

    umm…doctors do make 250K a year unless they are fresh out of med school…become a plastic surgeon in hollywood and you could pull in seven figures easily!

    I am glad to see he is making a bit of a comeback with his new roles – good for him! Iron Man 2’s budget is going to be over $100 million and they could only fork out 250K for thier villian? Im glad he said no and asked for more.

  4. Katheryn • March 13, 2009 @ 2:57 PM

    Nevermind Joaquin and his punk antics! Mickey Rourke is the original intriguing actor and he has been great since Rumblefish and Diner! Good for him and his comeback. Now this is a man who keeps things interesting indeed!

  5. demigod • March 13, 2009 @ 3:17 PM

    Katheryn,intriguing ‘cos he’s been in/out of rehab for drug/alcohol addiction? How original. His comeback was worthy though.

  6. demigod • March 13, 2009 @ 3:22 PM

    $250Gs not enough for 3-4 months work? Then he should give it to his good bud Eric Roberts. He’ll do it for less.

  7. Nancy • March 13, 2009 @ 3:43 PM

    Can’t wait for Iron Man 2. I think any villain in such a popular movie is worth at least $1 million…especially when the star of the movie has approved/recommended this person to be the villain.

  8. Monique • March 13, 2009 @ 5:15 PM

    In todays economy, it’s high time that the studio’s took back their power from the actors. Actors get paid way too much for a few months work.

    On the Mickey side of things – good for him for accepting 250G.
    I don’t know about the rest of you, but that man is sure hard to look at…eww!

  9. Nancy • March 13, 2009 @ 5:23 PM

    Mickey didn’t accept the 250G. I do agree with you though Monique, that some stars are way overpaid. I think $1-2 million is totally great, it’s when they get $5 million + that pisses me off. Lowered ticket prices sure would boost the economy and families could have more fun movie outings together.

  10. Monique • March 13, 2009 @ 5:30 PM

    I get my (small) revenge on the actors by NOT going to the movies, I wait till they come out on DVD and buy ’em dirt cheap at the flea markets lol

  11. Nancy • March 13, 2009 @ 5:42 PM

    Me too, Monique! Can watch it over and over and even milk it 20 years from now…for less than the price of 1 seat in the theatre! 😛

  12. whatever • March 13, 2009 @ 6:05 PM

    maybe he’ll buy shampoo. his hair is always greasy looking. gross.

  13. demigod • March 13, 2009 @ 9:23 PM

    It’s gel not grease.The guy is 56 Monique.

  14. Nancy • March 13, 2009 @ 9:52 PM

    And has Angelina’s lips and Joan River’s ‘plastic’ looking skin. ROFLMFAO!!!!

  15. Minerva • March 14, 2009 @ 1:51 AM

    250G’s is peanuts in Movieworld. The guy who offered him that amount was either joking or considered him extremely desperate. Profits of several million are the norm after all the box office tickets on the movie are sold, so for a key actor to settle for a quarter million would be a no-brainer. Quarter of all profits sounds more reasonable. Mickey Rourke has always had grease oozing out of his face and scalp ever since I can remember. I think he’s kind of gross and I also think he’s always done better in roles where he plays the psycho types……more true to his nature and appearance.:~

  16. nat • March 14, 2009 @ 7:03 AM

    give mickey what he deserves, hes a great actor , we all have our demons and hes rid of his , so is downey, everyone deserves another shot, i know he will do a great job as whiplash, great choice in casting. you said it demigod , its hair product not grease. good for you mickey i cant wait to see it.

  17. tributegirl • March 14, 2009 @ 9:18 AM

    It’s too much hair product! It looks disgusting!

  18. Jo-Anne. • March 14, 2009 @ 10:26 AM

    Right on, nat, I will eagerly await this film, I believe Mickey’s performance will not disappoint, product or no product…

    to whatever and bob, re your remarks on the doctor salary, I have had both very good and extremely scary medical “professionals” attend me, I could write a book on the numerous mistakes encountered, I think the 3rd largest cause for death in Canada is medical error….maybe even 2nd, I stand to be corrected, so I am reluctant to say ALL “med professionals” are deserving of such enoromous salaries, although I am first to admit there’s many that are….

    and don’t even get me started on the familiar expression “bedside manner”….

    anyhow, back to Mickey…will definitely see this movie, think he’ll do a fine job…

  19. tributegirl • March 14, 2009 @ 9:05 PM

    Hmm, considering I work in the medical field, I hope that comment wasn’t directed at me. To date, no one has died because of medical error at the hospitals where I work while I was working, and hopefully that trend will continue. As far as when I’m off duty, well, I honestly don’t know, because I haven’t checked, I’m always too busy during my shifts.
    However, my sisters best friend had terminal cancer, and the hospital near her home where she usually went made many errors that caused her needless pain and anxiety. Extremely frustrating, but she didn’t feel well enough to travel to another hospital.
    But I think that the comment “the 3rd largest cause for death in Canada is medical error.maybe even 2nd” is inaccurate and inappropriate. Ah well, to each his own.

  20. Jo-Anne. • March 14, 2009 @ 10:59 PM

    that comment was directed at whatever and rob, hence me naming them directly as I am well aware of the “fallout” – you are a very small part of the enormous medical field in Canada, I don’t even know truthfully where you fit in…my comment was not aimed at you…like I said I’ve had many medical issues and am still experiencing negligence with ongoing medical “professional”…again, nothing to do with you, rest easy.

    Yes, that’s why I said I stand to be corrected, depending which article you google, the stats are still alarmingly high for medical error…

    I think very highly of many medical personnel, just research myself before I jump into anything, including prescriptions, surgeries…and am happy to say have made many decisions contrary to medical suggestion and fared better for it. Doesn’t mean I wouldn’t place trust in some medical areas, I just research it…oh, this could go on forever and ever…anyhow that’s it…

  21. tributegirl • March 15, 2009 @ 8:29 AM

    Well, can’t blame me for wondering if it was directed at me or not, history has taught me to wonder about these things.
    Anyway, doing your own research for anything medical,legal, financial, whatever, is always an excellent idea. Sometimes professionals have so much on their plate they can’t give an individual the attention they need and deserve, some professionals honestly don’t care, some are really not very good at what they do. When googling, however, beware, there are sooooo many sites that have VERY inaccurate information. Know the site you are visiting before taking their information as gospel.

  22. coffee maker • March 22, 2009 @ 3:53 AM

    Mickey Rourke will be a great addition to the Iron Man crew; he’s a really talented actor despite all the other drama

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