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Passion Play – First look at Mickey Rourke and Megan Fox

Posted by LiveFor on February 9, 2010

Mitch Glazer’s Passion Play has finished filming so now we get our first glimpse of the stars Mickey Rourke and Megan Fox via EW. This is the film set in 1950’s LA and revolves around a washed-up trumpet player (Rourke) who saves a carnival-attraction angel (Fox) from Murray’s menacing mobster. However, in the photo above I can’t see any wings?

Speaking about Fox’s character, Rourke said “She has wings, so she was sort of an oddity trapped in a carnival act. She’s been a prisoner her whole life, and she has no understanding of trust. She’s very vulnerable and delicate.” As for Fox herself, well sounds as if Rourke liked her as he said “I think the pleasant surprise was this girl who’s a world-class beauty turned out to be probably the best young actress I’ve ever worked with. I don’t know if a lot of her films have showcased her acting ability more than, say, being action-oriented, but she really stepped up the plate with this one and was very consistent and professional, beyond her years. At 23, I couldn’t do half of what she’s doing.”

His character in Passion Play seems similar to Randy the Ram from The Wrestler in that they are both seeking redemption. Rourke commented on this and also said some surprising things about his co-stars from that and their lack of chemistry, “Well, The Wrestler was quite tough. There wasn’t much chemistry there. Uh, that’s a whole other conversation. With Megan and I, there’s a lot of chemistry and a lot of respect. We’re both comfortable with each other. As far as the redemption is concerned, it’s almost fate.” Good old Rourke, always willing to stir the pot a bit.

He also spoke about Bill Murray who plays the gangster in control of Fox, “Bill came aboard after another actor (Toby Kebbell) pulled out, and I think his unpredictability was a very interesting choice on Mitch’s part. It made me scratch my head in the beginning, but I kind of like the fact that Mitch went against the grain and didn’t use a Hollywood stereotype. Less is more. Bill Murray isn’t your typical scary, spooky guy, and there’s something very unnerving about a guy with a sort of off-the-wall sense of delivery. It’s very unexpected. Some of your worst gangsters are guys who were very low-key.”

Writer/director Glazer wrote the scripts for Scrooged, The Recruit, and the 1998 adaptation of Great Expectations.

All in all it does sound like it should be an interesting film to watch. I hope Rourke brings his Angel Heart mojo to this one and Murray is always great to watch. As for Fox? Well maybe Rourke is right and she just hasn’t had the chance to shine in a proper role until now. His comments about the lack of chemistry with his Wrestler co-stars seems a bit odd.

What do you think about Rourke’s comments about The Wrestler and Megan Fox? Do you think she has hidden acting talents or is she just a pin up who got lucky?

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