According to MCU insiders, mickey rourke set several strict requirements before accepting the role of villainous Ivan Vanko/Whiplash, despite his unfamiliarity with the Iron Man character or comics.
“What is that iron man 2? What the hell is Iron Man?!” he allegedly asked when he got a call about the movie.
Sources say the Oscar-nominated actor has agreed to meet with Marvel chief Kevin Feige and iron man 2 director Jon Favreau to discuss his possible involvement. During this meeting, Rourke is said to have told the men that he would carry out the project on three conditions: “I must have my hair in a samurai bun. I have to speak with a Russian accent. And I must have a bird on my shoulder,” he reportedly said.
fans of the Iron Man the franchise knows that each of these “requests” has ultimately been met; however, Rourke’s manager claims that these characteristics of Whiplash were not the actor’s idea.
“It’s just not true,” said Kimberly Hines Initiated on the reported bun, accent and birdie requirements.
Hines has not publicly commented on Rourke’s alleged salary request for the 2010 sequel. According to Vulture, the actor was unhappy with the $250,000 he was offered for the role. Sources say Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. agreed to forfeit part of his $10 million check in order to meet Rourke’s demands for money. It is unclear how much Downey contributed.
“It was a significant sum to bring Mickey closer, and Mickey took the deal,” an insider said.
Once the deal was finalized, Rourke reportedly “immersed himself in Russian prison culture, researching mob tattoos and even visiting Moscow’s infamous Butyrka prison.” But despite his deep dive, the actor reportedly started the project with “a lot of ambivalence” and expressed his frustration with Favreau and Marvel Studios.
Rourke spoke about the tensions during a decades-old interview with CraveOnline:
“I explained to Justin Theroux, the writer and [Jon] Favreau that I wanted to bring in other layers and colors, not just make this Russian a complete murderous avenger villain,” he said. “And they allowed me to do it. Unfortunately, the [people] at Marvel, I just wanted a one-dimensional villain, so most of the performances ended up on the floor.
In that same interview, Rourke described MCU as the “maker of dumb comic book movies” and suggested he never intended to work with the studio again.
“I don’t want to be part of it,” he continued. “I don’t want to have to worry about them so much and work so hard and then fight them for smart reasoning, and just because they call the shots, they… You know, I haven’t worked for three months on the accent and all the tweaks and go to Russia just so I can end up on the floor ‘Cause that might make somebody say at the end of the day oh shit I’m just gonna send it by post. But I’m not that kind of guy. I’ll never send it by post.