Posted by: Johan Normark | April 24, 2010

Rourke, Wayne, and Plummer as historical figures

The actor Mickey Rourke says that he will act as Genghis Khan in an upcoming movie written and directed by John Milius. I would not say that they are look-alikes (not like John Wayne and Genghis Khan). 

John Wayne as Genghis Khan

Plummer as Atahualpa

Although there might not be that many well known Mongolian actors around, there are plenty of Chinese actors that are slightly more look-alike. This reminds me of the movie “The Royal Hunt of the Sun” where Christopher Plummer acted as the Inca ruler Atahualpa. I am sure there were no well known Quechua actors back in 1969 (as it is today), but it is so obvious that the Atahualpa is not of Andean origin. Few Quechua has blue eyes. At least Mel Gibson did a better job when casting people for Apocalypto (although the main character is not of Yucatec Maya descent).

I guess that Rourke covered in layers of make-up can resemble Genghis Khan. At least the resemblance will be better than this one:  

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