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Mickey Rourke Out, as Woody Harrelson Joins 'Seven Psychopaths'

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November 9, 2011
Source: Deadline

Woody Harrelson

Though the star of Iron Man 2 and Immortals (which hits theaters this Friday) has been attached to Seven Psychopaths since the project was revealed back in May, a recent interview with Moviefone had Mickey Rourke saying that he would not be appearing in the thriller from In Bruges director and writer Martin McDonagh. In a rather bitter statement, Rourke said, "The director was a jerkoff. He wanted a whole lot for nothing. He can go play with himself." Now Deadline has word that Woody Harrelson has stepped up to replace him, and he's joined by Tom Waits (The Book of Eli) and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace).

The film follows a screenwriter (Colin Farrell) who struggles to find the handle on his script, called Seven Psychopaths. He gets drawn into the dog-napping escapades of his friends (played by Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken). Once the beloved Shih Tzu owned by a psychopathic gangster (Harrelson) goes missing, the screenwriter finds himself fueled with all the drama he needs for his screenplay, if he can stay alive long enough to write it all down. Sounds like it's definitely in the same vein as In Bruges with the mix of crime and twisted comedy and since the same producers are also involved, this should be quite a reunion.

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  • Adam Roberts
    Recently Mickey Rourke has been terrible, almost ruining everything he touches. So I'm super glad he is off this, one less variable towards ruin!
  • JP
    Dude gets a career boost from The Wresler, then wants to act like he's too big for his britches.  Last time that happened, Vin Diesel dragged his tail back to the Fast and the Furious franchise. Not that Vin Diesel is as respected as Rourke, but come on...Mickey Rourke's been in some shit.
  • kinks!
    Mickey Rourke is slowly but surely returning to the douchebaggery which cost him his career for over ten years! 
  • Craig
    Good. I liked him in The Wrestler and I even liked him in Iron Man 2 (most people didn't seem to, from what I hear), but I'd rather watch Woody any day.
  • David Banner
    7 Psychopaths is a recent comic/graphic novel published by BOOM! Studios. Semi-confusing why this movie chose this title?
  • tir na nog
    Guys entitled to ask for a wage he think's he's worth, would you work for ten an hour if you where worth 100? if director doesn't like it then dont hire him,Mickey speaks he's mind in underhanded Hollywood.I guess we live in a PC world now.
  • Voice of Reason
    Whatta putz, Im glad to see more Woody, though!
    • Nekkysync
      In other words mickey is right

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