We’re all for Mickey Rourke reviving his career but taking on a role as Genghis Khan is not the way to do it. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Oscar nominated actor stated that he would be starring in a film based on the Mongolian emperor that will be written and directed by John Milius. Were there no Asian actors available for this part or is Hollywood really that lazy?

John Milius has had a hand is some pretty iconic films such as Conan, Dirty Harry and Apocalypse Now, and with his latest project he wants to tackle Khan but from a different point of view. According to Rourke,

“John wrote as a piece told from the son and grandson’s point of view, how they saw this mythic figure from their family. You see him in flashbacks, back when he was in his mid-40s. And back then, being in your mid-40s was being REALLY old.”

The film will be shot in parts of India and China and the role will require Rourke to ride horseback while shooting arrows and he says that he’s up to the challenge. He went on to explain his interest in Khan and why he’s so eager to play the part.

“Historically, if you read about the guy, he was a mystery. There’s a lot of myths surrounding him, but also some true stories. Milius went through that in prepping this, so he’ll be a fascinating character to play.”

This rubs me the wrong way. It’s great that he’s being offered these types of roles but after seeing John Wayne as Khan in The Conquerer (1956), I thought we were done with all these Eurocentric portrayals! And hasn’t this story been beaten to death? Sergei Bodrov just released a film based on a young Khan 3 years ago called Mongol, do we really need another one already?

What do you think of Rourke playing Genghis Khan in a movie? Who should they have cast?