Movieline has published a very interesting interview with Stunt Choreographer of the Year, Garrett Warren, who recently finished work on Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 2. In the interview, Warren spills some beans about his work with Mickey Rourke, the man behind the film’s villain, Whiplash. As you may know, Whiplash is an escaped Russian convict who uses a special power-suit that has whips attached to the end of his arms. He uses the electrically charged whips to attack his opponents.
According to Warren, these whips aren’t just there to smack people around:
I had brought two whips with me that are made of kangaroo hide that are incredibly well made. You can perform all sorts of tricks and cracks with them. In the movie, you won’t see those whips. They’ll digitally replace it with other types of whips. I don’t know if I’m at liberty to say what the whips will look like, but they’re going to be these super whips that have an awful lot of power…they can do an awful lot of damage. And when the movie comes out, you’ll see that he doesn’t do just whip-cracks and grabbing people. He lays waste to an awful lot of vehicles and street pieces and other things.
So will it be you we’ll be seeing in a lot of these sequences?
[Laughs] Any time you see some stunt where someone might have gotten hurt, then yes… And when it comes to the whip routine, I have to admit, Mickey Rourke did a really good job with the whips. However, the suit was very painful at times. It was this big metal piece that wasn’t very comfortable, so he didn’t always want to do the whip routines every take. So I’d go in and do the whip routines.
If you have any doubt whether director Jon Favreau has Iron Man 2 on a righteous path toward becoming the most badass movie of 2010, it should be dwindling after hearing that. This helps me, as I was skeptical about the ability of a villain such as Whiplash to create serious peril in Iron Man’s world. Now I know.
I would urge you to head over to Movieline, where Warren also updates us on his work with Steven Spielberg on The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn and James Cameron on Avatar.
Fun Fact: In his work as a stuntman, Garret Warren has been hit by four real bullets. And you think your job is rough.