Mickey Rourke's career received a nice boost in recent years, after his work in films like "Sin City" and "The Wrestler," the latter of which earned him an Oscar nomination. Now there's news that he may be taking on the challenging task of playing one man who himself played two roles in his daily life for more than 40 years.
Rourke is attached to star as Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski in an adaptation of the non-fiction bio "Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer," The Hollywood Reporter reveals. As the title indicates, Kuklinski was a noted Mafia assassin who, for more than four decades, somehow managed to balance regular contract killings with the duties of a husband and father as a family man (as opposed to Family man) in suburban New Jersey. While I buy Rourke for the killer-type, the soccer dad seems like a tougher sell. He's just not the sort of guy I could see driving a minivan and acting as a loving breadwinner.
Then again, he showed real heart in "The Wrestler." Perhaps there's even more to the sensitive side that's just waiting to be tapped. He'll have help; "Blow" screenwriter David McKenna is penning the script.