Ten years later, Mickey Rourke’s grudge against Marvel movies roils on.
In an unprompted appraisal of the legendary procedural franchise “Law & Order,” Rourke commended the “meticulous” and “amazing” work by “Special Victims Unit” actors — specifically the cast members who starred in seasons that first aired a decade or more ago. And it appears the 68-year-old actor’s assessment came to him after having never heard of the series until the current season, its 22nd.
“Mariska Hargitay … is a very concentrated actress,” Rourke wrote on Instagram Sunday, with many interesting spelling and punctuation choices. “She is absolutely great in every episode. Her dedication and very meticulous work put her on another level. There’s very few … actresses in films these days that can hold her jock strap. I give her tremendous respect for her amazing ability.”
Rourke’s praise for the others followed: “Christopher Meloni … the man brings a lot to the table with his physicality … knowing that he had a high level football background explaining it all.”
He continued, “I also took notice to the classy and highly talented intense Stephanie March … as well as BD Wong.”
Finally, he’s “most surprised, tremendously impressed with the charisma,the attitude and swag and senserity that [Ice-T] brings to his particular role.”
Before concluding his review, the “Wrestler” star managed to strong-arm a jab at the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“What’s especially enjoying is watching commodity of this exceptional group of actors … Respect to all of you,the work that you all do is real acting,not like that crap that all on Marvel shit,” he wrote.
Rourke’s relationship with Marvel soured after his role in 2010’s “Iron Man 2,” which he has since publicly denounced. In previous interviews, he slammed the studio for stripping Rourke’s character, the villainous Ivan Vanko/Whiplash, of any nuance.
“I wanted to bring some other layers and colors, not just make this Russian a complete murderous revenging bad guy. And they allowed me to do that,” he said in 2011. But Marvel execs, he said, wanted a “one-dimensional bad guy,” so his best work was cut from the final edit.
“Iron Man 2” went on to gross $623.9 million at the worldwide box office, and Rourke never again stepped foot on a Marvel set.