The rugby player, who came out a year ago, remains the only top level out gay sportsman in Britain today.
Speaking to the openly gay comedian Alan Carr on his Chattyman Channel 4 programme, Rourke said: “To be a man who plays rugby who is gay and to live with that secret for the amount of years that Gareth [Thomas] had, to perform at the high level that he performed at, it takes a lot of courage.”
The star got the idea for making a film about Thomas after reading about the Crusaders player coming out late last year.
A spokesman for Thomas said: “Mickey Rourke is a big rugby fan and was flying to New York from London recently when he read an article about Gareth and thought he would be the perfect model for a film.
|Mickey Rourke received an Oscar |
nomination for his role in the Wrestler
“The fact that Mickey is so passionate about doing a picture has been really flattering and although we haven’t come to an agreement yet we’re really hoping it does happen.”
Rourke, 57, is understood to have been wanting to make a rugby-themed film for some time.
A veteran Hollywood star, he made his comeback in The Wrestler in 2008, for which he won an Oscar nomination.
He was criticised last year for calling a reporter a “faggot". Despite being attacked by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, he refused to apologise for using the homophobic slur and later said: “I don’t really give a f**k. Life’s too short.”