Clip of the Day: Sin City - Marv is Ready for War


Hey All. In honor of Tarsem Singh’s Immortals this weekend, we’re having a Mickey Rourke week here on Next Projection. Everyone loves a good comeback story. And none most recently have been so deserving of one than of Mickey Rourke. And while I absolutely love The Wrestler (which along with Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain gave Darren Aronofsky the most flawless run of any director of the previous decade and made up slots #12-10 of my own Best of the Decade list), it always bugged me that the critics and the marketing of the film was calling it “the resurrection of Mickey Rourke”. I thought it was more “the ascention of Mickey Rourke”. The real resurrection was three years earlier with Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s film adaptation of Miller’s Sin City. This film reintroduced him to a whole new generation as Marv. The following quote from Dwight (Clive Owen) I feel perfectly captures who Marv is. “Most people think Marv is crazy. He just had the rotten luck of being born in the wrong century. He’d be right at home on some ancient battlefield swinging an axe into somebody’s face. Or in a Roman arena, taking his sword to other gladiators like him. They woulda tossed him girls like Nancy back then.” And it takes someone like Rourke whose been through Hell and back to be able to make a literally two dimensional character into a vulnerable bruiser that’s become a fan favorite.

Luke Annand

Film geek, podcaster and newly minted IATSE member from Regina, Saskatchewan. I met Don McKellar once, and he told me that Quentin Tarantino is exactly like me.
  • Russell_Oz

    This definitely was the “come back” role for Mickey Rourke and it also introduced him to a whole new generation of film fans.

    “This is blood for blood and by the gallons!”