Before Willem Dafoe and Mickey Rourke were cast, Morgan Creek (the financier) considered Kevin Costner for the lead and either Jeff Bridges or Nick Nolte as the Gorman Lennox character. In the end, the three actors’ hefty price tags were too rich for the medium-budgeted production.
Rourke has gone in for a lot of self-indulgent monkeyshines in his recent movies. His idea of being cooled-out is to purse his lips and mumble enigmatically. But he’s still a major actor when he wants to be, and in “White Sands,” despite the nothingness of his role, he gives the film a creepy, knowing undertone. As Gorman Lennox, Rourke is so smooth that he doesn’t seem to have any edges at all, and yet he has a trigger-quick volatility that lets you know he hasn’t been smoothed out by the soft life. He’s been buffed by hard knocks. Lennox always seems to be suppressing some nasty, dirty in-joke. His smirk is a form of caress.
|Directed by||Roger Donaldson|
|Written by||Daniel Pyne|
|Music by||Patrick O’Hearn|
|Cinematography||Peter Menzies Jr.|
|Edited by||Nicholas Beauman|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Box office||$9 million|