Mickey Rourke Mulling Over Return as 'Marv' in Sin City 2; Blasts Marvel for His "One-Dimensional" Character in Iron Man 2
10.31.11 by BJSprecher
When Sin City creator Frank Miller revealed last week that the long-awaited sequel would include elements of his story "Just Another Saturday Night," it was the first time that there was any indication that the character of Marv would be appearing in Sin City 2 (working title). Though Marv makes brief appearances in the 6-issue "A Dame to Kill For" comic book that will serve as the basis for the bulk of the sequel, it was believed that Marv might be cut from the movie because of Mickey Rourke's reluctance to get back into the makeup chair to play the scarred anti-hero.
In a recent interview with ComingSoon, Rourke sounded as if he might be mulling over a return to the role that helped launch his comeback, saying that appearing as Marv "depends" on a couple of factors, implying that money and creative expression could entice him back into the makeup chair.
It depends. It depends on how bad they want me. You feel me?
I did [like the character], but I'm claustrophobic, so the the hours of makeup — You have to keep it on for about 13 or 14 hours a day. It's latex and glue and that stuff that gets my eyes all red...
Physical discomfort aside, Rourke said that the makeup also interfered with his sex life.
I remember I picked up some chick at a bar in Texas one night and invited her to the set to have lunch at the lunch break. I couldn't take the sh*t off. F*ck it, I never saw her again!
Rourke said that what he doesn't want to do is play another "one-dimensional" character, blasting Marvel Studios for cutting his performances in Iron Man 2 in which he tried to portray his character, Ivan Vanko, aka Whiplash, as a more sympathetic villain.
I try to find the moments where [the villain is] not that cliched, evil bad guy and it's a big fight. I had it on Iron Man  and they won. It was going to work for Marvel and them breaking [director Jon] Favreau's balls and wanting just a one-dimensional villain. The performance and all the things that I tried to bring to it end up on the f*cking floor. That can cause you not to care as much. To not to want to put that effort in to try and make it an intelligent bad guy or a bad guy who is justified in what his reasons are.
Rourke will next be appearing as the ruthless King Hyperion in director Tarsem Singh's (The Cell) swords-and-sandals epic, Immortals, opposite future Superman, Henry Cavill, as the heroic Theseus. Immortals opens November 11th.