Iron Man 2's Mickey Rourke is 'Trippy, Sweet and Just Happy to Be On the Movie,' Says Gwyneth Paltrow
ET posted a video package dedicated to the rebounding Hollywood wonder that is Mickey Rourke, consisting of material shot during their Iron Man 2 set visit. Curiously, it never once shows Mickey speaking, but rather features a shot of him getting repeatedly plowed into a fence by a car (a potent metaphor for his personal journey) as his castmates deliver some variance of the "Mickey Rourke is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life" speech from The Manchurian Candidate. Only the always candid Gwyneth Paltrow strayed from the script.
Prefacing her observations by explaining that the two hadn't actually worked together yet -- because she'd only shot scenes with his stunt double (Garrett Warren -- with whom Movieline readers are already well acquainted) -- Gwynnie assessed Mickey's general demeanor as "trippy" ("a good word to describe him, just generally"), and a "nice guy, sweet, and I think he's just happy to be on the movie." A casual reading-between-the-lines suggests the two embarked shortly thereafter upon a nine-day testosterone-injection cleanse in the New Mexican desert, during which they shared bodyfat-reduction tips, practiced Ashtanga Yoga, and hallucinated that they'd become giant, blue avatars of themselves.