Actor Mickey Rourke has confirmed rumors that he's considering taking on a gay role.

Appearing Sunday on the BBC's Alan Carr: Chatty Man, the 58-year-old Rourke talked about playing Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas.

When Carr, who is openly gay, asked, “Is it true you're about to play a gay rugby player?” Rourke responded: “You're not supposed to say that, okay? Here's the deal. When I met the rugby player, Gareth Thomas, this is one thing that he and I talked about. This is something that's really important. We're doing a movie about a man who plays rugby who is gay.”

“Oh, I see,” Carr replied. “Sorry, I shouldn't be so homophobic.”

Thomas first began talking about his coming out last year. In an interview with the UK's Daily Mail, the 36-year-old said he had his first male encounter at the age of 18 and told his teammates he was gay in 2006, shortly after divorcing his childhood sweetheart.

“I read the story,” Rourke told Carr. “It's one of the toughest, hardest sports in the world to play. They play with no pads. They play … it's a really brutal sport. To be a man who plays rugby who is gay and to live with that secret for the amount of years that Gareth had, to perform at the high level that he performed at, it takes a lot of courage.”