Mickey Rourke Looking at Joining A Few Tony Scott Projects
It's truly amazing that in only a couple of years, Mickey Rourke turned his acting career around from being almost non-existent to starring as the electric villain Whiplash in one of this summer's most highly anticipated films hitting theaters tomorrow night, Iron Man 2. Rourke's career just keeps marching on as Deadline reports that the actor has been talking with Tony Scott about taking on roles in two different films. We heard about the first, Potzdamer Platz, in April, but the other is Scott's long gestating Donnie Brasco-style drama Hells Angels, about the development and growth of the infamous motorcycle gang.
With Potzdamer Platz (which, again, will likely have a title change because that German location as the title won't make sense when the setting is switched to Puerto Rico in this big screen version) it looks like Rourke, Jason Statham and Javier Bardem are all still circling, but not locked yet, for different roles in the film which follows two soldiers in a New Jersey-based crime family who try to expand internationally. Scott also hasn't given up on getting Gene Hackman into the flick, but he may be talking to Al Pacino as a back-up.
On Hells Angels, Rourke is in talks for the role of Sonny Barger, the tough guy who formed the Oakland chapter and helped transform the Angels into a national organization. As we learned last summer, the film is taking cues from Barger's memoir that recounts the forming of the gang, its history and many of their more raucous events including the infamous 1969 Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Raceway. Much like Platz, Scott has been working on this project for about a decade and it looks like Fox 2000 has brought in writer Scott Frank (Minority Report, The Lookout) to do a significant rewrite of the script which will have a young actor (possibly Shia LaBeouf) playing a cop who attempts to infiltrate the club and investigate "criminal activities." Once again, no official deals are in place yet, but at least there's some new movement on the flick.
Frankly, I'm just happy Tony Scott is finding some new talent to work with other than Denzel Washington. It's not that they haven't made some decent films together, but you gotta move on at some point. It must run in the family though, since his brother Ridley can't stop working with Russell Crowe for better (Gladiator) or worse (Body of Lies). For now we'll just have to enjoy Rourke trying to take down Tony Stark's Iron Man once that sequel hits theaters tomorrow. Stay tuned for more news on these two projects as they develop!
Reader Feedback - 12 Comments
Glad that someone agrees with me that Body of Lies was a pretty bad film. I know Alex loved it...
Peloquin on May 5, 2010
Haha...I love to catch you in these Alex, but I am mistaken this time. The review I was thinking of gushing over Body of Lies was Kevin Power's and not yours (after doing some digging). My apologies, all I remembered was reading that review and then running out to see it only to be quite disappointed.
peloquin on May 6, 2010
This is fantastic news. Rourke + Hells Angels sounds like a perfect fit I can`t wait
Loser on May 6, 2010
I watched Iron Man 2 on monday, and I must say both Downey and Rourke were excellent in the movie.
Vladimir on May 6, 2010
I saw last Sunday - it was crap. A pure cash in. Noisy, free of any plot and too long. Plus Hammer (Stark's Competition) was a pussy. Flame away.
Doc norris on May 6, 2010
I watched Iron man 2 yesterday and i thought the film was all over the place, the script was weak from the first film. Rourks whiplash was weak the diolog seemed to be improv at times. Hammer wasn't evil enough, there wasn't enough of Iron Man fighting, Sam Jackson was the best thing in it. a big let down a wast of £7
Cineprog on May 6, 2010
body of lies was a hell of a lot better than Green Zone! I think we can all agree on that!
indyjack86 on May 6, 2010
8# Green Zone was awesome and great, much better than body of lies
Loser on May 6, 2010
the onlt thing green zone was good at was being a complete basterdization of the bourne franchise. They even marketed it at such because they knew it was a shitty iraq movie. the action wasn't even compelling. At least Body of Lies had a unique twist at the end. What happened in green zone? Matt damon was right, America was wrong.... oooh didn't see that one coming!
indyjack86 on May 6, 2010
I liked Body of Lies. Is it the best film ever? no. Is it entertaining? yes. I just wanted to add that in there. I wanna see what Tony Scott and Mickey Rourke can do together. P.S. Anything Ridley Scott directs I eat it all up a spoonful at a time.
Xerxex on May 6, 2010
Rourke as a Hells Angel? sounds awesome, especially with Scott helming. And I thought Body of Lies was great, it's Departed in the Middle East.
Zack on May 7, 2010
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