Mickey Rourke Will Murder in Cold Blood as The Ice Man
Mickey Rourke had quite the comeback last year with his Academy Award nominated performance in The Wrestler, and the momentum carried him right into the villainous role of Whiplash in next summer's Iron Man 2. Well the hits keep on coming as the NY Post reports that Rourke has been cast as the titular mafia assassin in The Ice Man. Story is based on Phil Carlo's book of the same name which chronicles the life of Richard Kuklinski, a mafia hit man who murdered more than 200 people. But apparently the role almost didn't go to Rourke, and was a bit of contention between Carlo and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
Apparently di Bonaventura was looking to put G.I. Joe's Channing Tatum into the lead, but as Carlo succinctly countered, "I think Mickey Rourke would really be good. He's got that sense of danger... But it's not Channing Tatum." I have the exact same sentiment regarding Tatum for every role he's ever been considered for unless of course it's a JC Penney mannequin. But when di Bonaventura's option on Carlo's novel expired in August, he went straight to Rourke and Carlo couldn't be happier now that he's on-board:
"We hit it off beautifully. He's really looking forward to being the Ice Man, and I think he'll do a great job. He's talking about it being his Raging Bull."
I would've thought that The Wrestler would've been a more Raging Bull-esque role for Rourke, but who am I to steal his thunder? This role sounds like a really dark one for Rourke though. The Post article elaborates on some of the brutal murders committed by Kuklinski including killing 50 vagrants before he was 18 years old. Then he killed 150 more for the Gambino family, shooting, stabbing, choking, and even poisoning his victims. Carlo comments on another choice weapon which gives us a sense of just how cold-blooded The Ice Man was: "He used to use cobblestones, but he was getting gray matter on his clothes, so he stopped."
Wow. I used to have the same problem. Thoughts?