Mickey Rourke to Star in John Milius' Genghis Khan
04.26.10 by BJSprecher
There was a time in the not-too-distant past when Mickey Rourke couldn't get a leading role in a movie to save his life. Now, the Academy Award-nominated actor has one project after another lined up. Rourke will walk the red carpet tonight at the premiere of director Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2, in which he plays the main antagonist, and then he's heading back to the set of Immortals (formerly War of the Gods), which is currently filming in Montreal. He also has a half-dozen other movies in various stages of pre- and post-production and recently revealed to the Orlando Sentinel that he has taken the lead role in writer-director John Milius' Genghis Khan.
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.
John wrote [the script] as a piece 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. And back then, being in your mid-40s was being really old.
Rourke said that the movie might be shooting on location in parts of India and China, and that he expects to film several scenes on horseback.
I rode quite a bit, back in the day. The horseback riding won't be too much of a problem. I probably ride a horse better than I drive a car. There's going to be some archery from horseback called for that I have to do, so that'll be interesting, physically.
Rourke, well known for his love of dogs, said that Genghis Khan's own love of dogs factored into his decision to take the role.
One of the things I like about Genghis Khan was his love of dogs. The Mongols used dogs in battle, and dogs rarely made it out of the battle. But in one instance, in this script, he orders his men—'Hold the dogs back.' He was looking out for the dogs. I like that.