Gay rugby star Gareth Thomas says film will ‘help millions’
Gareth Thomas has revealed more about the film to be made of his life.
The rugby player, who came out a year ago, remains the only top level out gay sportsman in Britain today.
Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke recently announced plans to make a film about the player’s battle with his sexuality.
According to the South Wales Echo, Thomas told Rugby World magazine: “Mickey loves rugby and admires rugby people; the fact you then drink beer in the bar with the guy you’ve just tried to smash.
“He’s always wanted to make a movie based on rugby but he needed a person or character to revolve it around. He read my story and got in touch.”
Rourke says he plans to portray Thomas and the player said: “Some people have said he’s too old to play me at 58 but I think he’s the best man to play me.”
“My story comes from the inside,” he added. “It’s not a visual thing, and if anyone can play someone from the inside out it’s Mickey Rourke.
“I don’t know how to make a movie but I know how my life has been and I want it to be as true as possible.”
However, he added that he was not looking forward to returning to the “dark” place he was in before.
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“It needs regression from me, which I’m not looking forward to but it’s something I’ve got to do,” he said.
“The truth is I don’t want to go back. I’ve moved so far forward and it’s something so dark I don’t want to go back there.
“It’s hard to even think about it now because it’s like I’ve put a brick wall up and unless I push really hard it won’t fall down.
“I want to write it myself as I don’t want to miss a part of it.”
Thomas, who has become a fixture in anti-homophobia campaigns in sport, added: “I don’t want to do it but it’s important that I do to help other people.
“If my life in the newspapers can help people, my life on screen can help millions more because it’s far easier to relate to something on screen.”