Bethesda today unmasked Mickey Rourke as the voice talent behind lead character Richard “Demo Dick” Marcinko in its upcoming Navy SEAL game Rogue Warrior due on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 this fall.
While Rourke had a rough stretch as an actor in the last eight years–even trying his hand at pro wrestling–his value shot straight through the roof, a la John Travolta in Pulp Fiction, with his recent Academy Award nomination in The Wrestler. Bethesda’s selection of Rourke reflects his comeback stretches beyond just Hollywood films.
Rogue Warrior is Bethesda’s upcoming action game is based on Marcinko’s New York Times best-seller. Players take on the role of a clandestine operation militant sent to break up a suspected North Korean ballistic missile program.
“Mickey Rourke was our first choice to play Marcinko in Rogue Warrior,” said Todd Vaughn, Executive Producer of Rogue Warrior. “He absolutely, one-hundred percent captures Marcinko’s raw and gritty personality.”
Truth is, I can’t argue against this pick. If Rourke is given good source material, he’ll knock out a home run performance (that’s a big “if,” of course). Rourke played the role of one of my most favorite movies while I attended college, Bar Fly, starring as Charles Bukowski’s drunk, street fighting poet, who co-starred alongside Faye Dunaway.
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