December 27, 2010
Mickey Rourke talks up gay rugby player biopic
Actor wants to play Welshman Gareth Thomas
Thomas is the only openly gay professional team sport athlete playing in a top flight league - and the first Welshman to win 100 international caps in rugby union. It's been six months since Rourke first mooted the biopic, yet the project appeared to be struggling to gain any traction.
However, Rourke talked up the prospect of the film on Alan Carr's Chatty Men talk show on Channel 4 this weekend.
The actor not only became agitated about Thomas always being referred to as a gay rugby player ("we’re doing a movie about a man who plays rubgy who is gay") but went as far as to say he’d learn Welsh for the role.
Rourke said: "To be a man who plays rugby who is gay and to live with that secret for the amount of years that Gareth had, to perform at the high level that he performed at, it takes a lot of courage."
The film is believed to be at the very early stages of fruition, with no cast - other than Rourke - or director attached.
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