You can’t stop Mickey Rourke and you don’t want to stop Mickey Rourke. Wouldn’t it be really, really depressing if his performance in “The Wrestler” turned out to be a fluke and he just decided to phone it in from here on out? Boy, we’d all feel reeeeal stupid for cheering him on.
But right now, we can cheer on Rourke with impunity (we’ll just forget “The Informers”) and our cheering continues as Variety is reporting that Rourke has signed on to star in Larry Clark’s (“Kids”, “Wassup Rockers”) remake of Neil Jordan’s 1986 British gangster flick, “Mona Lisa”. In the film, Rourke would play an ex-con who takes a job as a chauffeur for a high-class escort. Eva Green is in negotiations to play the part of the escort and we all hope she gets it not only because I can buy her as an expensive prostitute, but because contrary to popular belief, the public always welcomes a fresh opportunity to see Eva Green naked and we all wore out our copies of “The Dreamers”.
As for Rourke, the guy is about to be everywhere as he’s got roles in “The Expendables”, “Iron Man 2″, “St. Vincent”, “Eleven Minutes”, “Broken Horses”, and “Passion Plays”. After being dormant for so long, it’s clear that Rourke is making up for lost time. Every time I see “The Wrestler”, I’m immensely glad for his insane work ethic.