Jon Favreau on Whiplash and War Machine in "Iron Man 2"

With the filming of "Iron Man 2" reaching the halfway point, director Jon Favreau and star Mickey Rourke opened up a bit about the title character, Jim Rhodes/War Machine and villain Whiplash.

"Tony's expected to be a role model and I don't think he's ready to be one," Favreau told Empire. "He's under a great deal of pressure and when you're under pressure, I think you find outlets for that. That's one of the tensions of the film: it's one thing to say you're Iron Man, and another thing to actually become Iron Man."

Favreau hinted that Rhodes (Don Cheadle), will be tooling up big-time when he dons his own armored suit as War Machine. "Rhodesy is definitely stepping up in this film. Let me put it this way: Tony's not the only person with technology in the film."

"I'm having the time of my life," said Rourke about portraying the new Iron Man nemesis Whiplash. "It's been really brutal, because my Iron Man suit weighs 23lb. It's sort of a half-suit, with half my skin showing, with lots of Russian tattoos, because [Whiplash is just] out of a Russian-zone prison."


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