According to the website BleedingCool.com, Rourke appeared on the British talk show Alan Carr's Chatty Man on Sunday night. Carr, who is gay, asked Rourke about the role:
Carr: Is it true you’re about to play a gay rugby player?My immediate reaction is that my gag reflex is back. First of all, Mickey, you're way too old for the part. Second, just because you look like Joan Rivers, doesn't make you a gay man.
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 rubgy 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 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.
Carr: Are you going to learn the Welsh?
Rourke: I have no choice.
|British comedian Alan Carr|
News Flash: Some of us have been gay 24/7 for our entire lives and don't need some straight, Hollywood phony telling us that it's not P.C. to identify ourselves as such! So, thanks for the input, Botox Boy, but we really don't mind being called gay. In fact we really like it. We've fought long and hard to get to where we are and we don't get to turn it off after the wrap party.
Did I mention that you're too fucking old for the part, Mr. Rourke?