EXCLUSIVE: Mickey Rourke Says Genghis Khan Biopic ‘Not Your Stereotypical Blood And Swords’

Last week, “Iron Man 2” star Mickey Rourke revealed in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel that he’s set to star in a biopic about Mongol ruler Genghis Khan, written and directed by “Apocalypse Now” writer John Milius. MTV’s Josh Horowitz learned a little more about the project when he spoke with Rourke over the weekend at the “Iron Man 2″ press junket.

“It is [an epic movie],” Rourke said, “but because Milius is a really terrific writer, it’s not your stereotypical blood and swords. It’s almost done on a– not quite a documentary historical background of the whole Mongol reign, but there’s a lot of humor in it that you wouldn’t expect.”

Rourke is right. Humor is something I wouldn’t expect in a movie about the life of Genghis Khan. “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” proved it’s possible, but this sounds like a more accurate treatment of the ruler’s life. I don’t think it’s the laughs that won Rourke over however. See that adorable little creature in his lap in the video? I think that’s how Milius got him.

“I like the part where he has– they use dogs in battle, these big dogs,” the actor explained. “And then, on one particular battle, [Khan] didn’t think they were going to be doing too good. So he said ’Leave the dogs behind.’ I like that.”

Mickey Rourke. Badass movie star. Dog lover.