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Mickey Rourke Hopes to Play Sonny Barger in Hells Angels Movie

By May 5, 2010

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Mickey Rourke to Play Sonny Barger in Hells Angels Movie
Talk about a stroke of casting genius: former pretty boy and Iron Man 2 villain Mickey Rourke might play inimitable Hells Angels founder Sonny Barger in an upcoming feature film.

The Montreal Gazette suggests that before the actor's epic career comeback in 2008's The Wrestler, Rourke's personal downfall came not from drugs or alcohol, but rather due to "... a belligerent attitude toward authority figures." Perfect for the Barger role, yeah?

If he indeed takes on a Hells Angels film project (which is expected to be helmed by Tony Scott), his anti-establishment issues should work particularly well for the 57 year-old actor, since he told the Orlando Sentinel that he's "... been working on a motorcycle gangs script for 20 years."

We'll see if this one materializes; I certainly hope it does.

Sources: Bikes in the Fast Lane, Montreal Gazette, Orlando Sentinel


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May 5, 2010 at 8:18 pm
(1) Pete says:

Awright…here we go again!! Basem…right on…took you long enough! I wonder if Parrot, Seagull, Sxxxhawk..what was his name again…the bird guy… is listening in?
This has potential to be a great movie…providing, and its A VERY BIG PROVIDING they do it honestly and tell the truth about one of the biggest organized crime gangs of murderers and drug dealers ever seen in North America.
If they turn it in to a bunch of crap about good old boys who want to ride their bikes and take stuffed animals to the kids, then don’t bother.
Oh yeah…I forgot about the part where they’re constantly persecuted by the police.
My bet is they touch on then truth, but it’ll end up a load of Hollyweird BS.

May 5, 2010 at 8:50 pm
(2) Basem Wasef - Motorcycles Guide says:


That was a hoot, wasn’t it?

My favorite part of my last HA post: the claim that photos of “club” members aren’t supposed to be posted online… kinda reminded me of that recent South Park row, yeah?


May 6, 2010 at 7:06 am
(3) Pete says:

HOOT ! THAT’S IT ! No – wait…Owl’s are quite smart…must be something else.
As I recall it was some sort of very ‘pretty bird’ … gaily coloured too.

May 7, 2010 at 11:29 am
(4) Pete says:

What’s going on? I’m so disappointed! No one’s biting…
I thought his had potential to be as much fun as the last HA bitch slap.
(Maybe that’ll work…)

January 26, 2011 at 9:13 am
(5) In dont think so says:

USA Hells angels are known for the Large percent of their members in the news for crimes against women and children. Not only to many USa hells angels harm molest and murder women and children the hells angels not caught turn to supporting the members caught with Child porn or killing women and children.

I don’t see how a movie about scumbag and rat hells angels would interest the Average movie goer or how it would help the career of any actor.

November 23, 2011 at 12:35 pm
(6) KahunaKane says:

Love them or hate them, the HELLS ANGELS have a facinating and legendary footnote in recent American history. If the film gives the proper background from WW2 up to, and continuing, when Barger took the reins, it’ll be a hit film. Roarke is the perfect badboy to play an aging Sonny, as he’s been hanging on the fringe with the HAs for years, and been a Scooter Tramp for most of his life (recall his Bike from “Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man”…he personally designed that thing on a napkin, with the Bartel’s people in Playa Del Rey, CA.) and knows the lifestyle. Bring it on…I’d definately pay to see it.

December 17, 2011 at 11:15 am
(7) .............. says:

sonny is a nice bloke . u guy s tell so much s***. u dont know shit bout the club. you worthless dogs!!!!

May 12, 2012 at 4:28 am
(8) john j. Doucette says:

I know these people making these negative comments,are ignorant to the fact that sonny barger is a hell of a man,and as for the hell angels,well they are timeless,as long as men that are willing to fight to be free,to ride there motorcycles the way they choose,live their lives with respect,well w.t.f. if I gotta tell you’ll never understand,and come to think about,why would I want to lol,your probably an o.l. or the likes
John j.

June 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm
(9) Kurt says:

The first time I ever saw Sonny Barger was 1968. I was at a free Dead concert at Golden Gate Park in SF. The band was setting up and I began to hear this rumble from far off. It got closer and closer and bigger and bigger until I saw this huge pack of Hells Angels converge on the party. Sonny was at the front. He got off his bike and started shaking hands and hugging friends. It took about fifteen minutes for all the riders to filter in to the event. It was incredible I have never seen so many Red & White members at one event until they had their Fiftieth anniversary for Oakland and Richmond at the Sweet’s Ball Room in Oakland. So I think the movie would do real well. Sonny Barger is an icon in the Bay Area and internationally and Micky Rourke would be perfect for the part.

December 16, 2012 at 2:06 am
(10) dJudy grey says:

The angels are a legend. Ive known them for 40 years and am proud to have had the privledge to. If u cant keep up then shut up. Its nobodys business what in the f*** they do,and sorry if u cant understand them.i dont understand politicians either.

January 7, 2014 at 3:22 pm
(11) jmlclassic96 says:

Nobody wants to watch a movie about those slobs. PFFP

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