Mickey Rouke on Raising Money For Gay Rugby Player Movie

Monday, July 16, 2012

MICKEY Rourke admits he’s found it “very difficult” to raise money for his movie about gay rugby ace Gareth Thomas.

The actor will play the Welsh sportsman in an upcoming drama, which he admits has been plagued with financial difficulties.

“We’re going to be ready to shoot in February. We have probably 80 per cent of the money. It’s been very difficult because it’s not a comic book, it’s not a romantic comedy. It doesn’t fall in that category to raise money for,” he said.

“Really, it’s been difficult but two years to get a movie up and going isn’t bad so I’ve got nothing to complain about.

“Gareth’s done me a big favor. They were throwing a lot more money at him than I offered him for his story but I got there first… He’s trusted me with writing the script (and) there’s a lot of personal stuff in there that could borderline be embarrassing or difficult to understand… (but) I love the guy.

“I had met some rugby players from Huddersfield and they gave me a team magazine. There was an article about Gareth in it, and I thought, ‘Wow, a rugby player who’s gay — that’s gotta be brutal!’ And to come out while you’re still playing and to deal with being in such a tough sport (is commendable).”