‘Iron Man 2’ Research Puts Mickey Rourke In A Moscow Prison

With Mickey Rourke’s casting in “Iron Man 2″ essentially a done deal at Marvel Studios, the Oscar-nominated “Wrestler” star has already begun preparing for the role — in a Russian prison cell.

“If I ever did time, I would like to work in a bakery, because the smell of fresh bread reminds me of childhood,” said Rourke, according to The Moscow Times. The tour took him through Butyrka Prison in Moscow, talking to guards, getting a feel for the atmosphere, and even testing out the beds, Access Hollywood reported. (Check out a photo from Rourke’s “Iron Man 2″ prison tour after the jump!)

All signs point to an “Iron Man” sequel featuring Rourke alongside Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and returning lead Robert Downey Jr. Black Widow is one of the Marvel Universe’s most notorious Russian players, and Iron Man’s Soviet nemesis Crimson Dynamo was mentioned early on as a possible villain. If that’s true, a Russian prison stay could easily bring Rourke’s character Whiplash face-to-face with either of them.

Previously, The Hollywood Reporter claimed that Rourke’s character would would be a “Russian heavy named Ivan who becomes Whiplash, a man with deadly, technologically enhanced coils.” If that’s the case, he would have a background different from his Marvel Comics namesake, but should be right at home in a prison like Butyrka, which was once home to the late Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Have you ever seen the inside of a Russian prison cell before? What kinds of conversations do you think Rourke was having with the guards on duty there? Share your thoughts and speculations in the comment section below!