Mickey and Scarlett: Iron Man and the Sunglasses Question

iron-manGreat Ceasar’s Ghost! Nikki Finke has gotten out her Marvel Ouija Board and the backroom spirits are speaking to her. The Deadline Hollywood Daily doyenne has broken the news that Mickey Rourke is going to play a Russian bad guy in Iron Man 2. She also shares that Scarlett Johansson, unfazed by her flirtation with fascism in The Spirit, is also taking another hit on the comic crackpipe. She’s set to play Black Widow, a Russian bad girl. And if you don’t know any Russian bad girls, then you’ve never had your wallet lifted.

The undercurrent of Finke’s reporting is that Marvel are a bunch of chisellers. Having said “bye bye bye” to Terrence Howard because he was the priciest guy on the cast, the studio attempted to low-ball both Mickey and Scarlett. But while Marvel went dry, Rourke was still pissing. Johansson might want to have a word in her agent’s ear.

“I hear that, unlike Mickey’s quote, the deal for her is ‘just the opposite, a terrible deal made by CAA,’ one of my insiders says. ‘It’s as bad as any deal that I’ve heard. It’s lowball money. And it ties her to countless movies, including that ensemble The Avengers, which is what makes this brutal for a lot of actors.'”

Makes you wonder if there’s enough rubber bands and styrofoam cups in Southern California for the special effects team.

Still, good news for Mr. Rourke, who was feared MIA after losing his Oscar to Sean Penn. He’s in Russia stumping for The Wrestler. Finke says that he’ll begin researching IMMEDIATELY. Although Mickey’s on the wagon, something says this “research” will have more to do with sipping vodka, eating caviar, and telling Russian women “Call me Johnny Favorite … and gimme back my wallet” than stomping around Red Square in an outfit that resembles a maroon Tin Man.

Darren Aronofsky told Elvis Mitchell on The Treatment that one of his proudest achievements was that not a shot appeared in The Wrestler of Mickey Rourke in his beloved sunglasses. So the big question is–can Jon Favreau do the same? We’ll have to wait until May 7, 2010, for the answer.

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3 Responses to “Mickey and Scarlett: Iron Man and the Sunglasses Question”

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