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Rourke 'not giving up on biopic'

Former Welsh rugby captain Gareth Thomas has said reports Mickey Rourke had pulled out of playing the sportsman in his forthcoming biopic were "way off the mark".

Gareth, from Bridgend in south Wales, came out in 2009 in what he said was a bid to highlight the homophobia he claimed was rampant in the sporting world.

The rugby star said he was going to Los Angeles this month to finish work on the script of the film inspired by his life.

Gareth, who appeared on Celebrity Big Brother earlier this year, denied reports that Mickey would be replaced by Tom Hardy.

He said: "Any notion that Mickey is giving up on the role are way off the mark. We'd love Tom Hardy to be involved, but he will not be playing me.

"I teamed up with Mickey because in my opinion there's nobody better to take on such a challenging role and nothing has changed there. He's so motivated by the role it's blown me away.

"I'm an ex-rugby player, films are Mickey's world and I totally trust in his vision for the film."

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