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Mickey Rourke bashes Marvel; praises Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller

08.15.2014

With SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR opening in one week, Mickey Rourke is making the rounds on TV and talk shows. Just recently he was on Late Night with Seth Meyers and was asked a little bit about his career. Given his roles in both the SIN CITY films and IRON MAN 2, Meyers questioned Rourke on whether or not he was a "comic-book guy." In true Rourke fashion, the man broke it down on what really interests him, which is the people he's working with.

Mickey Rourke on playing comic book characters:

I'm not a Marvel fan. I'm a Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller fan. Once I did a movie for Marvel and they cut the whole f*ckin' thing out. When you work with Robert, he knows what he wants. I do a lot of research - work on the character a lot - so when you bring it to the table it's disappointing when they cut stuff out. Frank's on the set and he puts his two cents in. It's great because you got two guys who are very enthusiastic who know exactly what they want. If I make an adjustment and they say "Well why don't you try this?" it's usually a better idea than what I came up with.

For those interested, you can find the bulk of the interview here. What's refreshing about Rourke is that while there's an unwritten rule of diplomacy written about what you can and can't say about films or the people you work with, he tends to just throw that out the window and be truthful. Roles like THE WRESTLER and Marv in SIN CITY were born to be played by Mickey, and it'll be great to see him back up on the big screen next Friday.

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7:24AM on 08/17/2014

What Raylan Givens would say to him:

If you run into an asshole in the morning, you ran into an asshole. If you run into assholes all day, you're the asshole.
If you run into an asshole in the morning, you ran into an asshole. If you run into assholes all day, you're the asshole.
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6:06PM on 08/16/2014
Mickey, you got a reprieval from your insanity during your movie and facial career. Let's no push it......!
Mickey, you got a reprieval from your insanity during your movie and facial career. Let's no push it......!
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12:23PM on 08/16/2014
This is also the guy who likes Putin. Just saying.
This is also the guy who likes Putin. Just saying.
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2:48PM on 08/15/2014
He's right about Marvel, they really screwed IM2 up and I don't blame him for holding a grudge. He's wrong about Rodriguez though, he's a hack.
He's right about Marvel, they really screwed IM2 up and I don't blame him for holding a grudge. He's wrong about Rodriguez though, he's a hack.
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5:05PM on 08/15/2014
Rodriguez is a fine director who loves schlock. If you don't llke schlock, you won't like his work, but he's certainly not a hack.
Rodriguez is a fine director who loves schlock. If you don't llke schlock, you won't like his work, but he's certainly not a hack.
8:50PM on 08/15/2014
Ya, he's a hack.
Ya, he's a hack.
11:17AM on 08/16/2014
He's absolutely a hack.
He's absolutely a hack.
2:12PM on 08/15/2014

Marvel is a one, maybe two-trick pony

Just take the money and run, dude. The third act of every Marvel
Movie consists of super-powered robot showdown or flying warship descending on big city. I was hoping for some variation with GOTG, but again, flying warship descends upon big city in the third act. At least they mentioned the city was evacuated a couple of times though, so that's something. I'm praying to God Age of Ultron doesn't end with super-powered robots flying a warship into a big city.
Just take the money and run, dude. The third act of every Marvel
Movie consists of super-powered robot showdown or flying warship descending on big city. I was hoping for some variation with GOTG, but again, flying warship descends upon big city in the third act. At least they mentioned the city was evacuated a couple of times though, so that's something. I'm praying to God Age of Ultron doesn't end with super-powered robots flying a warship into a big city.
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2:04PM on 08/15/2014
Marvel has pissed off a lot actors and directors in Hollywood. Mickey Rourke is the only guy though not afraid to express his feelings. More power to him and his honesty !
Marvel has pissed off a lot actors and directors in Hollywood. Mickey Rourke is the only guy though not afraid to express his feelings. More power to him and his honesty !
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1:51PM on 08/15/2014
I think the important thing to remember about Rourke is that he's a method actor, and he's had a reputation since the '80s for being a very serious guy. Now, reading the quote it seems like he's slamming Marvel as an ego thing. Listening to the interview, and since the question was about comic books, he sounds more disappointed by the approach they took directing him. He'd have been fine if they TOLD him what they wanted. Instead, probably because Favreau, Feige, and whoever else was trying to
I think the important thing to remember about Rourke is that he's a method actor, and he's had a reputation since the '80s for being a very serious guy. Now, reading the quote it seems like he's slamming Marvel as an ego thing. Listening to the interview, and since the question was about comic books, he sounds more disappointed by the approach they took directing him. He'd have been fine if they TOLD him what they wanted. Instead, probably because Favreau, Feige, and whoever else was trying to craft something a little bigger for their universe, his scenes wound up on the cutting-room floor. Rourke isn't talking about the movies, he's talking about acting. He's always talking about acting, and he takes it very seriously. Now, does he truly have another Wrestler in him? No idea. I hope, but I wouldn't bet on it.
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1:43PM on 08/15/2014

Who is this old broad?

Rourke shouldn't bash Marvel he should bash his plastic surgeon. Just painful.
Rourke shouldn't bash Marvel he should bash his plastic surgeon. Just painful.
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12:51PM on 08/15/2014
The wrestler was a Great film! But Rourke is washed up, and a giant douche bag who turns down good roles for shit roles.
The wrestler was a Great film! But Rourke is washed up, and a giant douche bag who turns down good roles for shit roles.
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12:44PM on 08/15/2014

yeah!

FUCK MARVEL!!!
FUCK MARVEL!!!
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12:30PM on 08/15/2014
No offense to Rodriguez, but the Sin City movies are 90% verbatim (maybe more) to the comics. Its not the same as condensing decades worth of backstory and updating to fit modern context.
No offense to Rodriguez, but the Sin City movies are 90% verbatim (maybe more) to the comics. Its not the same as condensing decades worth of backstory and updating to fit modern context.
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12:11PM on 08/15/2014
You know Mickey Rourke bad mouths a lot of people. Has it occurred to anyone that there might be a good reason why people don't get on with him.
I really wasn't impressed with his attempt to pull Jessica Biel on the Graham Norton Show a few years back.
You know Mickey Rourke bad mouths a lot of people. Has it occurred to anyone that there might be a good reason why people don't get on with him.
I really wasn't impressed with his attempt to pull Jessica Biel on the Graham Norton Show a few years back.
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12:48PM on 08/15/2014
That's why he doesn't get much work! He turns down great roles that will launch him into better things. He shit the bed passing on tarantino's Death Proof, witch I'm glad he did cuz Kurt Russell crushed it. Mickey rourke is not very smart at all.
That's why he doesn't get much work! He turns down great roles that will launch him into better things. He shit the bed passing on tarantino's Death Proof, witch I'm glad he did cuz Kurt Russell crushed it. Mickey rourke is not very smart at all.
5:08PM on 08/15/2014
I know right, if only he'd gotten a role on Death Proof, Mickey Rourke would finally have a career OH WAIT
I know right, if only he'd gotten a role on Death Proof, Mickey Rourke would finally have a career OH WAIT
12:01PM on 08/15/2014

A little off topic.

I watched this episode and was shocked at what Mickey Rourke has done to his face. He had so much work done he's almost unrecognizable.
I watched this episode and was shocked at what Mickey Rourke has done to his face. He had so much work done he's almost unrecognizable.
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11:46AM on 08/15/2014
Geez he really bashed Marvel
Geez he really bashed Marvel
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11:44AM on 08/15/2014
I would have loved to see his character more complete in Iron Man 2, and I get if you've been soured by a bad experience. It's too bad since he's a very talented actor. I think both parties will still keep going just fine without each other though.
I would have loved to see his character more complete in Iron Man 2, and I get if you've been soured by a bad experience. It's too bad since he's a very talented actor. I think both parties will still keep going just fine without each other though.
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11:35AM on 08/15/2014
As much as I think he's a really good actor, I give Marvel more WAY more credit then him and chalk it up as agree to disagree on certain aspects.

I enjoyed Iron Man 2, and his performance alot even though his character could have been fleshed out a bit more. Anyway, chalk this guy up and his relationship next to Edward Norton, and Terrance Howard I guess.
As much as I think he's a really good actor, I give Marvel more WAY more credit then him and chalk it up as agree to disagree on certain aspects.

I enjoyed Iron Man 2, and his performance alot even though his character could have been fleshed out a bit more. Anyway, chalk this guy up and his relationship next to Edward Norton, and Terrance Howard I guess.
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11:21AM on 08/15/2014
I can see why he wouldn't like Marvel. Iron Man 2 was garbage.
I can see why he wouldn't like Marvel. Iron Man 2 was garbage.
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11:21AM on 08/15/2014
Attack Marvel in any way, and their loyal fans come in to attack you. Very sad group of losers.
Attack Marvel in any way, and their loyal fans come in to attack you. Very sad group of losers.
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11:24AM on 08/15/2014
just read the quote....that whining for any movie/studio and it's still a bunch of cry baby whining....
The guy his contribution in the Marvel universe was in a terrible movie that was Iron Man 2 LOL
just read the quote....that whining for any movie/studio and it's still a bunch of cry baby whining....
The guy his contribution in the Marvel universe was in a terrible movie that was Iron Man 2 LOL
11:25AM on 08/15/2014
Um no, sry. I'm attacking his ignorance and over inflated sense of self importance. He's crying cause no one was there on Iron Man 2 like Miller was for Sin City to give input and about how scenes of his got cut. He is being a cry baby primadonna. He could have said this about ANY other films and he would still be a cry baby primadonna.
Um no, sry. I'm attacking his ignorance and over inflated sense of self importance. He's crying cause no one was there on Iron Man 2 like Miller was for Sin City to give input and about how scenes of his got cut. He is being a cry baby primadonna. He could have said this about ANY other films and he would still be a cry baby primadonna.
11:31AM on 08/15/2014
If you guys think the movie was bad because of Mickey Rourke, please stop talking.
If you guys think the movie was bad because of Mickey Rourke, please stop talking.
11:33AM on 08/15/2014
@Chopstick Graffiti uh who is saying that? Oh right, no one.
@Chopstick Graffiti uh who is saying that? Oh right, no one.
4:36PM on 08/15/2014
AstralPlane - When you feel shafted, how is it wrong to call them out for it. Frankly, it happens a lot in Hollywood. MCU fanboys(not saying you are) are relentlessly attacking him because the MCU is their GOD. They shafted Norton as well.
AstralPlane - When you feel shafted, how is it wrong to call them out for it. Frankly, it happens a lot in Hollywood. MCU fanboys(not saying you are) are relentlessly attacking him because the MCU is their GOD. They shafted Norton as well.
11:13AM on 08/15/2014
We're adding him to the Nick Nolte, Gary Busey pile, aren't we?
We're adding him to the Nick Nolte, Gary Busey pile, aren't we?
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1:36PM on 08/15/2014
Nick Nolte is awesome! He's still an Oscar-caliber actor. Busey on the other hand...
Nick Nolte is awesome! He's still an Oscar-caliber actor. Busey on the other hand...
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11:03AM on 08/15/2014

Oh please

Get over yourself Rourke. Do you even know how comics work? I'm sure Miller is there on set to give his thoughts because he IS Sin City. He's the only writer on those books so his opinion will be specific and necessary. Mean while there have been a myriad of writers on Iron Man over the years so the idea that anyone, even the current writer of the book at the time, is going to be on the set to hold your hand is pretty ignorant. As to your scenes getting cut.... really? Cry me a river.
Get over yourself Rourke. Do you even know how comics work? I'm sure Miller is there on set to give his thoughts because he IS Sin City. He's the only writer on those books so his opinion will be specific and necessary. Mean while there have been a myriad of writers on Iron Man over the years so the idea that anyone, even the current writer of the book at the time, is going to be on the set to hold your hand is pretty ignorant. As to your scenes getting cut.... really? Cry me a river.
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11:02AM on 08/15/2014

what a turd

Sounds like a bunch of whining. Boohoo...."they cut a bunch of my scenes from Iron Man 2, I worked so hard on them...if they only knew what they wanted to begin with I wouldn't have had to work so hard and do all those extra scenes that were wasted...I'm so much happier with a guy like Frank Miller just tells me exactly what to do cause it's better than anything I can come up with" LOL
Sounds like a bunch of whining. Boohoo...."they cut a bunch of my scenes from Iron Man 2, I worked so hard on them...if they only knew what they wanted to begin with I wouldn't have had to work so hard and do all those extra scenes that were wasted...I'm so much happier with a guy like Frank Miller just tells me exactly what to do cause it's better than anything I can come up with" LOL
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2:51PM on 08/15/2014
I'm sorry but isn't it the job of the director to TELL the actors what they want and how the role should be played?? Seems to me that Rourke is simply saying that he prefers the way Rodriquez and Miller worked with him to craft that awesome , iconic character than Marvel who didn't offer any guidance at all which ended up creating a bland, forgettable character. Think its pretty obvious from that way that IM2 turned out that Marvel had NO idea what they were doing except setting up an Avengers
I'm sorry but isn't it the job of the director to TELL the actors what they want and how the role should be played?? Seems to me that Rourke is simply saying that he prefers the way Rodriquez and Miller worked with him to craft that awesome , iconic character than Marvel who didn't offer any guidance at all which ended up creating a bland, forgettable character. Think its pretty obvious from that way that IM2 turned out that Marvel had NO idea what they were doing except setting up an Avengers film.
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