It was speculated earlier this year that Mickey Rourke would play Gareth Thomas in the upcoming biopic about the Welsh rugby player who happens to be gay (see below for Rourke's instructions on labels). Over the weekend, Rourke confirmed with a U.K. radio show that he landed the role. Following is transcript from the broadcasted interview which shows that perhaps Mickey is the right choice to bring Gareth's story to the screen, despite our concerns (and fantasy casting; follow the jump to see who we nominated to play the rugby star):
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.
Rourke is obviously now an A-List actor with chops and boasts a tolerance and passion for the project that wins us over, but who did we secretly hope would play the hunky Gareth in the biopic? Inception's bisexual heartthrob Tom Hardy! Perhaps Tom can take time off from our fantasies to fill the role of the younger Gareth in the film. Boys can dream, can't they?