Sunday, March 01, 2009

Mickey Meets Manny

An acclaimed but aging star proves he can still perform late in his career.

An organization attempts to expand upon its profitable success in 2008.

Negotiations between the two parties drag on for months as the star's representatives reject what they consider lowball offers.

Sound familiar? It's happening not only in Mannywood, but Hollywood as well.

Manny Ramirez and Scott Boras, meet Mickey Rourke and David Unger.

Frank McCourt and Dodgers, meet Marvel and Iron Man 2.


"The Ram"

From Variety:

Then there is comeback kid Mickey Rourke, who is poised to follow his Golden Globe-winning performance in "The Wrestler" with an offer to play the main villain in "Iron Man 2" — but at a lowball opening offer of $250,000 from Marvel; Marvel’s tactics have already prompted Samuel L. Jackson to swear off playing Nick Fury because of a similarly low offer.

Marvel eventually lured Jackson back with an unprecedented nine-picture deal, but according to the Hollywood Reporter,

Mickey Rourke still doesn't have a deal for the part of a villain despite almost two months of negotiations.

Marvel hopes to release Iron Man 2 in 2010. The Dodgers hope to be released of Ramirez in 2010. Until then, maybe Mickey and Manny can commiserate over drinks at The Ivy.

Ramirez photo by Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI
Rourke photo by Kevin Mazur/