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Sin City - Mickey Rourke interview

Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q. Mickey, it seems like you've been away so long – why?
I had some things I had to fix [laughs]. It’s taken me 14 years to do it. It was never really fun back in the day to work with directors that were older than you, who were authoritarian.
I had a problem with that, always. With anybody talking like that. You get these young guys here and they’re fearless. They don’t give a fuck. Like I say about Robert, he swims in water that no-one else has swum in and I respect that. And I like the cowboy hat.

Q. This film requires you to get quite physical? How did you find that?
The physical or fighting scenes in movies get boring. So wherever I can have the stunt guy do it I prefer to have him do it.
Brittany Murphy: He did it in real life as a professional, man!
Frank Miller: When it got time to beat up the guy with the axe, Mickey went in there to do it.
Rourke: Doing all that physical stuff, it’s really technical. Some stuff........
Miller: Oh man, with the axe guy, you just ripped through everybody. Talk about technical – get out of here.
Rourke: I just say this to wind him up, because I know what he wants me to say.

Q. But it must still have been demanding though?
It was because it was on the soundstage and it wasn’t really that it was that hot in Texas, but all the prosthetic make up drains you.
By the time it’s lunchtime you need to........ [smiles]

Q. How arduous was putting the make-up on?
They all said ‘you can do it in an hour and ten minutes’. I don’t know who can do it in that time, but if I was there an hour and a half I’d see Robert’s wife coming to the trailer and I knew I was in trouble.

Q. How did you amuse yourself?
They have great strip clubs in Austin, so I would have my fan club come over, the girls, and we’d talk [smiles].
Miller: Mostly he craved cigarettes.

Q. How easy was it to get into character?
I think the most important thing was that I wasn’t bored. Most of the time I didn’t know what I was doing, I just listened to Robert and trusted him. When Robert would read some of the roles of the other actors, he does it quite well. He directs, he holds the camera, he does the music, and he can act too.
Robert Rodriguez: Mickey had this one piece of music he would play on the set to get into the character of Marv, but we couldn’t use it in the movie because it was too expensive. It was Johnny Cash’s version of The Nine Inch Nails song, Hurt.
If you listen to that song that’s how he did Marv. For all the voiceover, instead of the voiceover playing back he would play that song and it would help him get into that place, that Marv place. We got some remarkable work from him playing that music. Mickey would decide on one thing and that took him there, that was his time machine. It’s his transport.

Q. Did you get to keep any of Marv’s clothes?
I kept a pair of pants, leather pants.

Q. How does it feel to be playing the film's most lovesick puppy?
I didn’t really think about it much that way. I did, it sort of nauseated me. I hate that feeling.
Miller: You see what we have to deal with here.
Murphy: Even the band aids.

Q. Marv is possibly the film's biggest hero – how do you feel to be playing such an icon?
He is. You know they have a 17 inch Marv doll!


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