I’m honestly tired of news about Marvel movies, along with other stuff, especially from Disney, such as Star Wars. However, I found some joy in hearing Mickey Rourke still hating on Marvel.
Just over a decade ago now, the Jon Favreau directed Iron Man 2 hit theaters. Starring opposite Robert Downey Jr. was Rourke as the villain, Ivan Vanko aka Whiplash. He was hot off an Oscar-nominated performance (he should have won) for The Wrestler. So it was a big get for Marvel.
However, his time with Marvel didn’t work out so well. Rourke has made it clear that he wasn’t happy with how Marvel edited out his character in the movie, he slammed them in an interview where he made the claim.
“I explained 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 [on] the floor.”
“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.”
Well, it seems Rourke is still a bit miffed with Marvel. This time it was while praising Law & Order: Special Victims Unit of all things. He recently discovered the show while in quarantine.
He took to social media to talk about how he preferred the real acting in it, rather than “that crap” Marvel produces.
“Mariska Hargitay is a very concentrated actress, she is absolutely great in every episode,”
“Her dedication and very meticulous work put her on another level. There’s very few, if any actresses in films these days that can hold her jock strap. I give her tremendous respect for her amazing ability.”
“Christopher Meloni, the man brings a lot to the table with his physicality…I also took notice to the classy and highly talented intense Stephanie March, as well as BD Wong. I’m most surprised, tremendously impressed with the charisma, the attitude and swag and sincerity that Ice T brings to his particular role. What’s especially enjoying is watching commodity of this exceptional group of actors…Respect to all of you, the work that you all do is real acting, not like that crap that all on Marvel shit.”
Iron Man 2 for many is seen as one of the weaker movies in the MCU. Personally, I really liked it and kind of liked it more than the first, maybe about equally. However, it was a box office success, raking in $623 million worldwide.