For Iron Man 2, Mickey Rourke demanded that his character, Ivan Vanko aka Whiplash, be allowed to have a giant cockatoo with which he would drunkenly argue. Because, as Rourke described it to director Jon Favreau, “I don’t want to just play him as a one-dimensional pussy.”
When I first covered this story, I wrote:
It’s easy to make fun of Rourke thinking the solution to one-dimensional pussyism is a Cockatoo, but let’s think about this: You see any guy walking down the street with a shaved chest and white highlights in his hair, you probably think, “Pussy.” But add a parrot to the same guy’s shoulder who he’s yelling at and suddenly you’re like, “Whoa, I bet that guy has some stories.”
While I try not to make a habit of testing out all my theories (I have neither the dogs nor the ability to train them to walk backwards for that), this one in particular provides an interesting case study. Now, thanks to the magic of Photoshop, we have some iconic movie imagery that has been specially altered to test this hypothesis. Does a bird add depth? You decide.
-Thanks to Stinky Peet for Godfeather and Scarfeather, and the inspiration. And BDarbs for a couple screencaps.