By Dave Campbell | March 11, 2009
After weeks of negotiations, Mickey Rourke has finally struck a deal for Marvel’s Iron Man 2. After being low-balled by the studio to the tune of $250K, Rourke has signed on to play Russian arms dealer Whiplash after Rourke’s agent David Unger when to bat for him and landed a “significant” increase. It’s now perfectly clear why Mickey kept thanking Unger so profusely in acceptance speeches for the BAFTA, Golden Globe & Spirit awards. Marvel is not expected to confirm this until the ink has dried on all the paperwork.
Whiplash will incorporate elements of the Crimson Dynamo’s backstory and appearance, along with elements of the comic book Whiplash, a former Stark employee who builds a costume that allows him to wield cybernetically controlled and electrically charged whips that can cause some serious damage to the Iron Man armour.
Marvel is on a role with tossing low-balls to more than capable actors. Samuel L. Jackson also received the same treatment but landed his large deal (9 films) last week, which you can read about HERE.