We recently got a look at what (we think) Mickey Rourke’s finished Whiplash armor (above) will look like in Iron Man 2; now we have Rourke’s own stunt double describing what Whiplash’s weaponry – his energy whips – are like and how much havoc they actually wreak in the film.
Garrett Warren was recently crowned the 2009 Stunt Choreographer of the Year at the Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards, and he sat down for an exclusive interview with Movieline to describe what it’s like working on films like Tintin, Alice In Wonderland, James Cameron’s Avatar, and yes, getting crazy with those whips on the set of Iron Man 2.
I know a lot of you Iron Man fans have been curious (read: slightly nervous) about how Whiplash is going to be portrayed in the finished film – especially since that first photo of Rourke costumed in an early Whiplash prototype surfaced on the Net. So if you want to know what Warren had to say about living la vida Whiplash check it out.
[WARNING: The quotes contain spoilers!]
“Iron Man 2 had a double-whip sequence, and I am a whip specialist. There’s not very many of us in Hollywood that do double-whips… double-whip basically means that you have two whips in your hands…I don’t know if I’m at liberty to say what the whips will look like, but they’re going to be these super whips that have an awful lot of power. They can cut through cars, they can do an awful lot of damage…you’ll see that he doesn’t do just whip-cracks and grabbing people. He lays waste to an awful lot of vehicles and street pieces and other things…
…And when it comes to the whip routine, I have to admit, Mickey Rourke did a really good job with the whips. However, the suit was very painful at times. It was this big metal piece that wasn’t very comfortable, so he didn’t always want to do the whip routines every take. So I’d go in and do the whip routines…
…[the suit] covers the whole body in metal rods, but you are shirtless [underneath]. That was the part that was hard. When you move, it was metal digging into skin, cutting your shoulders, wrists and back and so forth.”
I don’t know if I even gave you enough there to call it the tip of the iceberg. You’ll have to head over to Movieline if you want to hear Garrett Warren talk more about Whiplash, the motion-capture innovations of Speilberg and Peter Jackson’s Tintin; the fantastic experience that is James Cameron’s Avatar; or what it’s like playing in Tim Burton’s Wonderland.
It’s an awesome interview with a lot of good info, so be sure to check it out!
Before you do, though, let us know how you feel about this description of Mickey Rourke’s Whiplash weaponry (which doesn’t seem to exactly match the image above). Personally, I think the concept is going to play better on film than I ever expected. Do you agree?
Iron Man 2 hits theaters on May 7, 2009.