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Mickey Rourke Plays Russian Villain in Iron Man 2

17. December 2009 by Daniel 0 Comments

The trailer for what is sure to be one of the most popular movies of 2010 was released today, giving audiences their first look at the film’s sinister character, who happens to hail from Russia.


Actor Mickey Rourke appears in the film’s trailer as the Russian bad boy known as “Whiplash,” a whip-wielding nemesis to the film’s title character, played by Robert Downey Jr.


Known also by his true moniker Ivan Vanko, the Russian super villain appears to have a complicated history. In comics and other films, he is said to have once been a Russian special agent, a weapons designer, and an assassin for a criminal organization.


To prepare for the role, Rourke took a tour of Butyrka prison in Moscow in March. There, he chatted with prison guards, toured the facilities and asked to be locked in a cell for a short time in order to get a sense of the mindset of a Russian prisoner.


There is much anticipation for the film, which is set to be released early next summer.


Watch the Trailer