Mickey Rourke talked about his upcoming role playing out rugby star Gareth Thomas during a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Thomas retired from rugby roughly 2 years after he announced that he's gay. The 40-year-old Welshman's coming out inspired other professional athletes to come out, including English cricketer Steven Michael Davies and Swedish footballer (European soccer) Anton Hysen.

Rourke told Kimmel that he moved to Los Angeles about 2 and a half years ago to train for the part.

“I came out here about 2 and a half years ago to train for this rugby movie I've been writing for about 4 and a half years,” Rourke said. “I based it on … There's a whole bunch of different athletes that have come out in the last 3 or 4 years.”

“So it's taken about 3 years of steady training, because I went into the locker room and I was looking at these guys and … I never saw such physical specimens as these guys are.”

“There's a scene where I'm in the bathtub with another guy and I have the teeth actually on the bathtub [edge] before we,” he said while making a hugging gesture.

“Well that makes sense. There are some advantages to not having teeth,” Kimmel joked.

Rourke laughed and the pair fist bumped. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)