Today in our Beauty and the Beast file……
There had been whispers that Mickey Rourke (Beast) was interested in starring in a biopic of openly gay Rugby Icon (Beauty) Gareth Thomas’ life story, Last night Rourke confirmed it as he discussed the project on Alan Carr’s UK talk show Chatty Man.
Carr: 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.
Carr: Oh, I see. Sorry, I shouldn’t be so homophobic.
Rourke: That’s the point though.
Rourke: Abso-fucking-lutely. I read the story. it’s one of the tougest, 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.
Carr: Are you going to learn the Welsh?
Rourke: I have no choice.
Now I admire Gareth Thomas and the courage it took him to come out and truly be himself. Also he’s a frakin STUD. But Rourke playing Thomas has to be THE WORST CASTING EVER.
Other than the fact that Mickey Rourke was born in 1952. and Gareth Thomas was born in 1974. And yes, I know the next statement is very superficial of me but one of the ugliest creatures walking the planet will be playing one of the most beautiful creatures walking the planet.
WTF? Is Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones or Arnold Vosloo too busy?
If they actually find a backer insane enough to fund Rourke playing Gareth and this movie gets made it will drop down a few thousand notches on my must-see list right behind the Johnny Weir Story starring Johnny Weir.