Friday, March 2, 2012

The Villainous Mickey Rourke

EPIC BATTLES COME TO LIFE ON 
STUNNING BLU-RAY
THE VILLAINOUS MICKEY ROURKE

Featuring Alternate Beginning and Endings Visually-Striking Film Explodes on 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Triple Play and DVD March 6

One brave warrior, touched by the gods, must overcome all odds to save mankind from a merciless and powerful tyrant when IMMORTALS comes to Blu-ray and DVD on March 6th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Directed by visionary filmmaker Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) and written by Charles Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanides, the home entertainment release is chock-full of must-see bonus features including an alternate beginning, two alternate endings, deleted scenes and an amazing graphic novel, creating the ultimate viewing experience. 

From the producers of 300, Mark Canton, Gianni Nunnari, and Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, IMMORTALS explodes off the screen with action-packed battles, mythological adventure and an all-star cast including: Henry Cavill (Superman: Man of Steel), Luke Evans (Robin Hood), Kellan Lutz (Twilight), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Stephen Dorff (Public Enemies), John Hurt (Hellboy) and Mickey Rourke (Iron Man 2). In this epic tale of vengeance and destiny, power-mad King Hyperion (Rourke) threatens to destroy all of humanity on his maniacal quest to obtain the ultimate weapon – the legendary Epirus Bow that gives the power to unleash war on both Heaven and Earth.  But Theseus (Cavill), a heroic young villager chosen by the gods, rises up to stop Hyperion’s brutal rampage.  With supernatural help from the beautiful oracle Phaedra (Pinto), Theseus embraces his destiny and leads a fierce band of warriors in a desperate fight for the future of mankind.

Throughout Mickey Rourke’s extended career as an actor and a retired boxer, he’s appeared in numerous leading roles in action, drama and thriller films where he’s often played the villain, including his role in Immortals as the evil King Hyperion who seeks to release the Titans and destroy humanity. In celebration of the release of IMMORTALS on 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Triple Play and DVD on March 6, we will take a look back on some of Rourke’s past villainous roles.

Whiplash in “Iron Man 2”

Mickey Rourke plays Ivan Antonovich Vanko, otherwise known as Whiplash, in the 2010 sequel of Iron Man.  Vanko is a disgruntled physicist and Bratva member with a grudge against the Stark family.  A son of a former collaborator of Tony Stark’s father, Vanko’s father was fired and deported back to the Soviet Union and was forced to live in exile.  To avenge his family’s name and kill Stark, Vanko builds his own arc reactor-based weapon and soon becomes Whiplash.
Stavros in “Double Team”

In the 1997 film, Double Team, Mickey Rourke stars opposite Jean-Claue Van Damme and Dennis Rodman, in which he plays a terrorist named Stavros who’s stolen plutonium from a US military based with the intention of selling it to Iraq.  His arch-nemesis is Van Damme’s character, anti-terrorist agent named Jack Paul Quinn, whom he blamed for the death of his six-year old son and has taken a personal vendetta against him.
Blackbird in “Killshot”

Based on the 1989 novel of the same name, Killshot is the a thriller about an innocent couple who despite being placed under the Federal Witness Protection program after witnessing an “incident,” are confronted by the professional assassin and his rookie partner that they outed.  Rourke plays the more experienced of the two criminals, Blackbird, a Mafia hitman whose resourceful skills enables him to track his victims down. 
Villain in Enrique Iglesias “Hero”

Jennifer Love Hewiit was not the only celebrity who made a cameo in Enrique Iglesias’ music video for his song Hero off the record of the same name. The video features Iglesias being hunted by his enemies across the desert.  Love-Hewitt plays his love interest while Mickey Rourke plays the leader of the men hunting him down.  The confrontation between the two men leads to Iglesias’ death in the video.

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Where to purchase: You are able to purchase from Amazon and local retailers in your area starting March 6, 2012 for $19.99.

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