Mickey Rourke to play Mafia assassin

Mickey Rourke, star of Diner, The Wrestler and, most recently, The Expendables, is taking on a rather more serious role than his previous outing – a Mafia hit-man.

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Inspired by Phillip Carlo’s book The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer, the film follows the true story of Richard Kuklinski, a man motivated into taking up the mantle of assassination after he cold-bloodedly murder of his local gang of bullies when still a teenager.

He then spends  a mind-numbing forty years as a father and husband by day, and Mafia mass-murderer by night. The movie’s basis in fact makes it thrilling and terrifying in equal measure.

Mickey Rourke seems like a fantastic choice, having played ageing gun-for-hire Tool in The Expendables, and, you guessed it, ageing wrestler-for-hire Randy Robinson in The Wrestler. With his beaten look, gruff voice, and incredible talent, he’ll bring what many can’t to the role – someone who’s gone down the rough and rugged route to success outside the film as well as in.

It’ll be interesting to keep tabs on this one – it’s likely to be a massive hit. Although many may claim (I’ve seen one already) that it’s simply a combination of three thematic stereotypes; gangster, hit-man and double-life, I’d contend that considering it’s not fabricated, you’d have a tough job claiming it has a lack of originality.

Many films tend to glorify the idea of assassins – perhaps it’s time we saw the grim reality.

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