About a month ago, the exciting news broke that Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell would be joining the Iron Man 2 cast as villains.
Rourke, gleaming in the spotlight from his performance in The Wrestler, was rumored to be playing either Crimson Dynamo or Whiplash but it was a little unclear as to which. Most reports, including this from Variety, clearly pointed to one over the other:
“Rourke is in discussions to play a villain described as Tony Stark’s Russian alter ego, a heavily tattooed bruiser who is in the arms trade and battles Iron Man in his own nuclear-powered armored suit.”
From that description and the rumors, it seemed pretty clear that the villain would be the Crimson Dynamo. Now it turns out that Rourke will not be playing the Crimson Dynamo. At least, according to what Robert Downey Jr. has to say about it.
In an interview on the set of Sherlock Holmes, MTV got chance to sit down with the man who plays Tony Stark and throw a few questions at him.
When asked if Mickey Rourke would be playing Russian nemesis Crimson Dynamo, Downey rebutted with
“That’s actually incorrect”
Okay. Next obvious question: Would Rourke then be playing Whiplash? Downey’s response:
“I can neither confirm nor deny that… Or maybe it’s some semblance of both. Here, I can tell you everything about the story except I won’t give away the ending. The nerd stuff is top-drawer security.”
I’m not quite sure what that means but I think I’d prefer one or the other. Either way, we now know that Rourke will not be the Crimson Dynamo. In the interview, Downey also goes on to say the following about the story of the sequel:
"It's one thing to say you're Iron Man; it's another to hold that responsibility… If that sounds like a familiar theme, trust me, it's not. This film is three times more fun and strange. We're going real far out this time. It's going to be good. I wouldn't lie to you."
Nothing but positivity from the leading man which is expected but still nice to hear.
You can check out the interview here.
We must point out that Rourke has yet to sign for the movie. The last we heard was that Marvel was low-balling him with a $250,000 offer. This caused quite a stir in the online community as it came out not long after news that Samuel L. Jackson was being undercut and of course the big replacement of Terrence Howard with Don Cheadle which also had major contract implications.
What do you think of what Robert Downey Jr. had to say about Rourke’s character in Iron Man 2?
Iron Man 2 starts shooting this spring and is set to hit theaters on May 7th 2010.