Rourke plans to make movie on gay rugby star
Actor Mickey Rourke is in talks to make a film on Gareth Thomas, Britain’s first gay rugby player. The 57-year-old got in touch with Gareth after reading his story.india Updated: Jul 20, 2010 19:09 IST
Actor Mickey Rourke is in talks to make a film on Gareth Thomas, Britain’s first gay rugby player.
The 57-year-old got in touch with Gareth after reading his story. Rourke, who is a huge rugby fan, has been interested in making a film about the sport for some time.
The two met for the first time when Rourke invited Gareth to the audience of British comedy show "Friday Night With Jonathan Ross". Their managers are working to secure a deal to bring Gareth’s life to the big screen.
"Mickey Rourke is a big rugby fan and was flying to New York from London recently when he read an article about Gareth and thought he would be the perfect model for a film," express.co.uk quoted Thomas’s spokesman as saying.
"Mickey contacted Gareth via a mutual friend in the rugby league to express his interest and invited Gareth to watch the Jonathan Ross show and to meet him for dinner afterwards," the spokesperson added.
Gareth, 35, rocked the rugby world in December when he declared himself a gay. He is delighted with Mickey’s interest in his career.
Gareth spokesman said: "The fact that Mickey is so passionate about doing a picture has been really flattering and although we haven’t come to an agreement yet we’re really hoping it does happen. Now it’s for the two managers to sort it."
First Published: Jul 20, 2010 13:50 IST