Aside from the fact that I don’t believe any studio will be making a biopic about Gareth Thomas anytime soon, I will not stand for Mickey Rourke to play the rugby player.
Perhaps like you, I’m loving Rourke’s The Wrestler resurgence. And while we know Rourke, despite the creakiness about his gait, can handle the level of athleticism playing an athlete would require, there’s a fundamental difference between Gareth and Mickey: One is hot, the other is not.
It would be an injustice to a man who’s remained so pretty to look at, despite getting his teeth knocked about during game play, to be represented by an actor who’s so badly disfigured himself. And really, can’t we get Jason Statham for cheaper?