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Mickey Rourke To Play Genghis Khan

“It’ll be a fascinating experience, maybe shooting in parts of India, they tell me, and China. I’ve never worked in either of those countries, so that’ll be new.'

Mickey Rourke is in hot demand. The actor is currently filming Immortals (previously called War of Gods) where he will be playing King Hyperion in the Greek mythology movie. He can be seen next as the villain Whiplash in Iron Man 2. In continuing his roles in action movies, Genghis Khan will be an upcoming project for him in which he will be playing the title role.

The movie will be written and directed by John Milius. Rourke is impressed with his work:
“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 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.”

“Historically, if you read about the guy, he was a mystery. There’s a lot of myths surrounding him, but also some true stories. Milius went through that in prepping this, so he’ll be a fascinating character to play.”

Interestingly enough, one of the things that drew him to playing the role was the mutual interest he shared with the Mongol leader: a love for 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.”

The actor is looking forward to the action scenes which will include archery from horseback. Rourke will be working with his regular stuntmen for the role. It could be some time before we see this as he is in quite demand right now.

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