Mickey Rourke to Play Genghis Khan in New John Milius Film
Now this will be interesting to see! Actor Mickey Rourke revealed to the Orlando Sentinel recently (via The Wrap) that he will be playing Genghis Khan in a new biopic movie being directed by John Milius. "I’m playing Genghis," Rourke said. "John wrote [the] piece [as] told from the son and grandson’s point of view, how they saw this mythic figure from their family. You see him in flashbacks, back when he was in his mid-40s." Interesting concept and bold to cast Rourke in the role. I'll say that he has the potential to knock it out of the park with this one, although Milius hasn't directed anything since Rough Riders on TV in 1997.
Milius is mainly a screenwriter, known for his scripts for Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, Apocalypse Now, Conan the Barbarian, and Red Dawn. He also directed Dillinger, Conan, Red Dawn, Farewell to the King, and Flight of the Intruder, but hasn't done anything in the last decade. Rourke seems to be a bit skeptical, too, despite agreeing to the role. "I read his script and you know, the man is known for his tough writing. He wrote Conan and Dirty Harry and Apocalypse Now, and it’ll be interesting to see how he works behind the camera." The production will shoot in India and possibly China, but no word on when it's supposed to start.
One reason Rourke took the role is because of his love of dogs (remember his chihuahua?) and apparently Khan was a dog lover, too. "The Mongols used dogs in battle, and dogs rarely made it out of the battle. But in one instance, in this script, [Khan] orders his men – 'Hold the dogs back.' He was looking out for the dogs. I like that." Um, okay? He also claims he can rides horses pretty damn well. "The horseback riding won’t be too much of a problem. I probably ride a horse better than I drive a car." This sounds intriguing and I'm interested, but I need to hear (or see) more about it before I'm totally sold. What do you think?