Michael Shannon VS. Mickey Rourke: Who Will Make a Better ICEMAN?

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Michael Shannon VS. Mickey Rourke: Who Will Make a Better ICEMAN?
Amidst the slew of posters revealed at AFM there is a particularly interesting one: The Iceman. It's interesting for one major reason: talk about a film based on Philip Carlo's biography of Jersey mafia hitman Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski has been buzzing for over a year with comeback kid Mickey Rourke attached to star. Now out of left field comes another biopic starring Michael Shannon as the 300lb killer, with Benecio del Toro and James Franco co-starring. Ariel Vroman is set to direct and shooting is set to begin in summer 2011. Nu Image is distributing.

This puts Shannon's Iceman way ahead of Rourke's - as there is no director assigned to the latter's film, which features the hefty title The Iceman: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer. Also, Shannon's role as Nelson Van Alden on HBO's acclaimed Boardwalk Empire should help propel the film. Not to mention, just think about it, which actor would be a more terrifying, ruthless killer: the soft-spoken, dagger-eyed Shannon or the Hulk-like, surgically enhanced Rourke? My vote goes to Shannon, who recently played a seemingly motive-less killer in last year's My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? I'd constantly shit my pants if Shannon lived on my block. (Poster via ComingSoon)
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pequeno91November 4, 2010 6:20 PM

I prefer Shannon big time! He has the acting chops to pull this off and he is tall, like Kucklinski was! Mickey Rourke is too short unless he was playing the undercover cop he brought the "Pollack"down...and that's another thing, they should change the name to the "Pollack" instead of the Iceman, it just sounds so "meh"...If this is done right, it could be the most violent, and one of the best gangster movies ever made! My first choice would have been Ray Stevenson, but oh well...I thought the Hughes Brothers were doing this after Eli? and where are all the big time Italian actors that should be mentioned for this movie?That's 90% of what's in the book?

Peter GalvinNovember 4, 2010 6:29 PM

I've got no preference, really, but I thought that Rourke's performance as a menacingly subdued hitman in Killshot was nicely played, and makes choosing between him and Shannon that much more difficult.

pequeno91November 4, 2010 7:04 PM

I understand, but if you've seen Richard "The Iceman"Kucklinski's documentary and read the book mentioned above, part of what made Kucklinski so terrifying from an ordinary mob hitman is how big and tall he was and it's also mentioned how he moved swiftly like a cat for a man of his size, so having Mickey play this role is like having Denzel Washington portray Shaquille O'Neal in a movie!Denzel's a great actor, but wouldn't do justice for the role..

Ronnie69November 5, 2010 6:06 AM

I agree 1000%, Shannon is the Best for the part! Rourke is too old!! He can maybe play an old Kuklinski ? Mickey Rourke is the most pathetic choice for this role! I wonder if they even have a script done already?

plissken2013November 8, 2010 2:42 PM

My son my son what have ye done is the best US movie I've seen this year with The social network. Herzog blows 99% of the directors out of the water, from wherever they come.