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Gareth Thomas Talks Mickey Rourke, Marriage, and Role Models


A few choice quotes (and a stunning photo by Suki Dhanda) from Gareth Thomas from an interview in The Observer:

Mickey Rourke can almost finish my sentences. He understands where I have been because he has been there, too. There's a lot people don't know about him and it's the same with me. That's why he's the right person to play me [filming on a biopic of Thomas's life starts in April].

Other sportsmen have confided in me that they're gay. The advice I give is that coming out is great for you as a person, but that you also have to remember you're a role model. As a sportsman you take the money and the glory, but you also take the responsibility that comes with it and make sure the stories that follow are positive.

Neither my ex-wife nor I regret getting married. There was so much good in the seven years we spent together. The regret for me is the hurt I caused not just her but my parents, too.

More here.

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  1. It's brave for Gareth to come out in the world of rugby and it takes courage for anyone to come out to friends or family too whether famous or not

    Posted by: Steve Harold | Nov 26, 2012 11:17:47 AM

  2. I'm a little confused. Is the "stunning photo" the one that's reproduced above? I think very highly of Gareth but that photo isn't "stunning."

    Posted by: Butch | Nov 26, 2012 11:58:21 AM

  3. Some of those quotations aren't entirely coherent.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 26, 2012 12:29:38 PM

  4. I was disappointed when I learned that Mickey Rourke will be portraying Gareth Thomas.

    Thomas' comment has me rethinking my opinion.

    Thanks, Andy, for this post... and please update us readers as the filming and release plans proceed.

    Posted by: AG | Nov 26, 2012 12:58:33 PM

  5. Every photo of Gareth is stunning!

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 26, 2012 1:38:12 PM

  6. I don't care if Mickey Rourke has Gareth's brain transplanted into his body, THEY LOOK NOTHING ALIKE and Rourke is old enough to be Gareth's father!!! (Thomas = 38, Rourke = 60)

    Cast Jason Statham and move on.

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Nov 26, 2012 3:12:17 PM

  7. This story seems a little behind.?
    In fact it was a previous Toweleroad link that said Tom Hardy was in fact being considered for the role instead of Mickey Rourke..

    Posted by: Darren | Nov 26, 2012 3:56:46 PM

  8. Mickey Rourke is a right wing REPUBLICAN. He supports a political part that is the enemy of gay people. Amazing how he will put aside his bigoted, hateful views when he can make money off the gays.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 27, 2012 12:43:58 AM

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