A Minute With: Mickey Rourke talking "Immortals"

Wed Nov 9, 2011 9:01am EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mickey Rourke, known for years as a Hollywood bad boy, was perhaps the perfect choice to portray a bad boy of Greek mythology, brutal King Hyperion, in the 3D action movie "Immortals" opening in theaters on Friday.

Directed by Tarsem Singh, the movie sees Rourke's evil king on a murderous mission to vanquish both humankind and the Gods of Olympus. But he meets his match in a young stone mason named Theseus (Henry Cavill) who wants to avenge his mother's death.

With the help of an Oracle (Freida Pinto) Theseus learns that it is also his destiny to stop Hyperion and save mankind.

Rourke spoke to Reuters about the film, overcoming his bad boy reputation and his beloved chihuahuas.

Q: King Hyperion is physically imposing and wears intricate face masks that almost look like weapons themselves. Was it a challenge wearing all that gear?

A: "There was a lot of stuff to put on. The shoes were 12 pounds (5.4 kgs) -- apiece. I took three wardrobe assistants to put on each little piece of paraphernalia because it was all layered."

Q: How was the shoot itself?

A: "I had just had bicep surgery in Heidelberg, Germany. I tore my bicep and the operation didn't work. Three weeks after the operation I lost my whole tendon, then the movie started. We shot during a sort of rehabilitation period for me so I wasn't really able to do much."   Continued...

<p>Actor Mickey Rourke speaks at his hand and footprint ceremony at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California October 31, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>