Mickey Rourke Joining Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Broken Horses
by Alex Billington
January 31, 2009
Mickey Rourke has been taking advantage of his Wrestler fame quite a bit with casting announcements popping up every week. A lot of the roles he's been given he definitely deserves, but occasionally they seem like a stretch. The latest to add to his ever-growing list is a gangster film called Broken Horses, which will be the Hollywood debut of Indian (aka Bollywood) filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra. He is one of India's best-known filmmakers and is coming to America to make Broken Horses, with Rourke playing one of the key roles. Nothing more is known about the story, which is an original idea from Chopra.
Here's the thing - I love Mickey Rourke and I think he truly deserves all the acclaim he's getting for The Wrestler. But that can only go so far. Rourke's involvement in Iron Man 2 seems perfect, but now I feel like he's just taking on every last role that excites him. I have nothing against Chopra, but does this sound like the kind of film that is going to help Rourke continue to grow his acting career? In fact, does this even sound like a film that will get any mainstream attention? Broken Horses is being produced by Reliance Big Pictures, the same company that help fund DreamWorks when it left Paramount. What do you think?