Or at least, he wants to in a film about Gareth Thomas.
Some of you might not be familiar with the name, but Gareth is considered the first openly gay professional athlete. In previous interviews, Mickey Rourke has expressed his desire to portray the Welsh rugby player, but in a more recent sit down, he expressed in great detail what he would like see come of Gareth Thomas centric movie. Here's just an excerpt from his interview:
Is it true you're about to play a gay rugby player?
Rourke: You're not supposed to say that, okay? Here's the deal. When I met the rugby player, Gareth Thomas, this is one thing that he and I talked about. This is something that's really important. We're doing a movie about a man who plays rugby who is gay…
Abso-f***ing-lutely. I read the story. it's one of the toughest, hardest sports in the world to play. They play with no pads. They play… it's a really brutal sport. 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.
No plans have been set to put the movie in motion, but with that kind of enthusiasm from an actor, what studio wouldn't want to snag the story up! We know plenty of people who would show up in DROVES to see this. Sounds like a truly inspiring tale.
And bravo to Mickey for continuing his crusade to get the flick made! Here's hoping, bb.
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