“It depends,” he smiled, “It depends on how bad they want me. You feel me?”
Some time ago, Rourke had noted his reluctance to re-approach a part with such heavy make-up.
“I did [like the character],” he reiterated today, “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…”
Rourke, who is famous for his candid interview comments, also recalled an anecdote from the first film’s production that reminds him of another reason to resist prosthetics.
“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,” he grinned. “I couldn’t take the s–t off. F–k it, I never saw her again!”
Still, Rourke hints that the three-dimensionality of a character like Marv goes a long way. He spoke openly about another, recent comic book project that didn’t turn out the way he wanted.
“I try to find the moments where [the villain is] not that cliched, evil bad guy and it’s a big fight,” he explained. “I had it on ‘Iron Man’ and they won. It was going to work for Marvel and them breaking [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—ing 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.”
You can catch Rourke in theaters in Immortals on November 11th. Check back soon for full interviews with the cast and crew.