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Brad Cooney's exclusive interview with Mickey Rourke for 8CN reminded me of what a unique and sometimes moving individual the gifted and driven New Yorker has been over the last thirty years.
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Mickey Rourke was born Philip Andre Rourke JR in Schenectady, New York on September 16th 1952.
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Mickey Rourke had not only caught the attention of Hollywood's powerbrokers, he had managed to thoroughly embed himself in the minds of film goers, often to polarizing effect. He had, at the time, movie star good looks, yet was not afraid to dress down his appearance for the sake of the art, as evidenced in Barfly. But his successes simply didn't roll onto the big screen one movie after another. Several efforts failed to catch on at the box office despite artistic merit and that special quality he brought to the big screen. Critics that took the low road often focused on this aspect of Rourke's career as opposed to allowing him the opportunity to hone his craft before us, and at a time when the tabloids were enjoying the fruits of his increasingly notorious off-screen pursuits.
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I had always liked Rourke and had read of his youthful pursuit of pugilism as an amateur fighter before taking up the craft as an actor, and wondered just how believable he'd be as a fighter given his looks and generally perceived celebrity persona.
I remember becoming captivated by his ability to transform over the course of the film, taking on the look and exuding the feel of a heart-felt no-hoper keenly aware that his chance and time were quickly slipping away from his grasp, both in the ring and in life. Beyond being aware that Rourke had once fought as an amateur I had no notion what lurked deep within his soul and that in fact boxing was his first, greatest love. In a very real way this film would serve as a precursor of sorts for the next few years of his life with Rourke fueling the fires of mainstream criticism by taking a sudden detour off of the red carpet and back into the shadowy, dank and dingy world where he first found true passion.
His 1990 effort in Zalman King's Wild Orchid again played on his ability to manipulate the senses of viewers with what can be best described as an intensely sensual exercise in erotic intrigue opposite the captivating Carre' Otis, who would later go on to become his wife. Critics had a field day with this movie and his effort, inferring that as an artist he had sold out, opting for payout as opposed to the pursuit of fine craft.
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Parker stated "working with Mickey is a nightmare.
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It was in 1991 Rourke decided that he "had to go back to boxing" because he "was self-destructing". The announcement was initially viewed by many as an act of ego; the ramblings of a man whose professional brilliance had been overshadowed by dark excess and delusion. But in truth it was a case of a man that was in touch with the yearning of his soul and keenly aware that he needed to go back to his beginnings. The trappings of fame and success had become a trap, and he knew himself enough to tap into the vestige of the passionate young man that first walked into the Boys Club of Miami those many years earlier. He embarked on a professional career telling those that advised against it that entering the ring was a sort of personal test. Years later, when asked about his foray into boxing, Rourke would state "I just wanted to give it a shot, test myself that way physically, while I still had time."
Having recruited Freddie Roach, at that point in time a particularly sharp upstart trainer who had been mentored by the great Hall of Fame trainer Eddie Futch, and former professional fighter of some note, Mickey Rourke embarked on an unlikely professional ring journey as 'El Marielito'.
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Having spent the better part of a year conditioning for the rigors of combat, Rourke tapped into the passion that originally drove him to become a fighter as a youth, passion that he ultimately channeled and served to see him make it to the top of his profession as an actor.
He made his professional ring debut on May 23 1991 at age 38 against one Steve Powell, an undistinguished 0-4 cruiserweight. Those within the sport doubted his chances given his old-for-boxing years and previous lifestyle as an actor. And there was the talent factor. Despite the fine condition he had worked himself into at 178lbs, and the rumors of his surprising level of fistic prowess demonstrated in the gym sparring, many wondered if he in fact had the ability to succeed at the club level let alone against and semblance of seasoned talent.
Under the hot lights of Florida's Fort Lauderdale Memorial Auditorium, Rourke cautiously boxed his way to a close unanimous 4-round decision victory. Clips Of the event were shown across the country on various mainstream news outlets. People Magazine featured Rourke's doubtful foray, citing his intense personality, penchant for after-hours destructive behavior and sagging movie career as the driving factors behind a doomed cause. Many within the sport openly questioned Rourke's reasoning with one popular boxing publication going so far as to suggest that it was an ego trip dependant on carefully chosen no-hopers as opposition. But if that first ring assignment wasn't enough to convince the masses he was serious about his campaign, his second foray between the ropes underlined his stance, even if along with it fuel was added to the fire of those that spewed dissent.
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His critics loudly took hollow solace in the non-victory, but in fact, Rourke had found a way to survive within the confines of sport's most lonely refuge; the prize ring.
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Rourke displayed the moves of a true ring professional. His pace was reasonably measured, his offense calculated and his timing suggestive of a man that had spent long weeks and months under the watchful eye of somebody that had recognized something in him and believed in him, somewhere in the dark recesses of a dank and dingy gym devoid of fanfare and spotlight. To me it no longer mattered what was written about this guy. He was writing his own story and I no longer viewed him as an actor. I viewed him as a fighter, from then on following his career intently.
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If anything they all misunderstood who Mickey Rourke really was as an individual and that at the heart of the matter; fighting was his first, greatest love.
After his retirement from prizefighting, Rourke returned to acting, accepting supporting roles in films such as Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of John Grisham's The Rainmaker, Vincent Gallo's Buffalo 66, Sean Penn's The Pledge and Sylvester Stallone's remake of Get Carter.
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In 2005 Rourke made his comeback in mainstream Hollywood circles with a lead role in Robert Rodriguez's adaptation of Frank Miller's Sin City.
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In 2008 Rourke played the lead in the critically acclaimed masterpiece The Wrestler, winner of the Golden Lion Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival. Some twenty years after garnering critical acclaim for his work in film, he had managed an unlikely return to prominence. Recognition for his screen brilliance and talent had eclipsed the years of negative media coverage and the stigma of being a volatile self-destructive personality. Long gone was the sex symbol status and good looks of his heyday, the result of injuries incurred during the period he campaigned as a professional boxer and poor plastic surgery procedures thereafter. Rourke managed to make it back to the mountaintop with carefully chosen roles that he could tap his heart and soul into; in a very real way he had reinvented himself.
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The story of Mickey Rourke is in many ways a complicated one. The extraordinary drive to succeed undeniably has its roots in his youth. That drive took him into the most difficult and painful of all sports, a pursuit known for serving up a sobering dose of unabashed truth to those that undertake it. The initial intensity with which he pursued boxing as a youngster brought him injury, which subsequently took him down a different road, another pursuit known for dispensing painful truth and heartache, albeit in a different manner, a path few have managed to traverse successfully. When the fire within his soul that pushed him as an amateur fighter and drove him to great heights as an actor began to consume him as an individual, he went back to the beginning in order to preserve his future. Realizing that he had unfinished personal work, and the self destruction which he recognized as an inevitable fate, he reached back to that competitive component within himself and resumed what he had originally set out to do all those many years before; fight.
Criticized, laughed at and disparaged by the masses, Mickey Rourke pursued the hardest and most dangerous profession, undeterred by those around him. Along the way he revealed who he really was while quenching that inner fire.
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What: The Transformers beauty has the words "Those who danced were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music" on the right side of her ribcage in tribute to fellow actor Mickey Rourke. On her right shoulder is a line from Shakespeare's King Lear which reads "We will all laugh at gilded butterflies" and on her left ribs are the words "There once was a little girl who never knew love until a boy broke her heart.
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Rourke had a short stint as a professional boxer in the 1990s. He won a 2009 Golden Globe award and a BAFTA award, and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Academy Award for his work in the film The Wrestler. e appears as the main villain Whiplash in Iron Man 2 and is also well known for playing Marv in Sin City.
Rourke, born to an Irish Catholic family, grew up in the neighborhoods of heavily African-American Liberty City in Miami. He has a younger sister (Patty), a younger half-brother (Joey), and six step-siblings, the result of his parents' divorce and his mother's remarriage.
After attending Miami Beach Senior High School, he would go on to study at the Lee Strasberg Institute (where veteran method actors such as Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken studied).
Rourke's film debut was a small role in Steven Spielberg's unsuccessful film 1941, but his portayal of an arsonist in Body Heat garnered significant attention, despite his modest time onscreen.
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Soon after, Rourke starred in Francis Ford Coppola's follow-up to The Outsiders in the coming-of-age tale, Rumble Fish. Playing the older and enigmatic brother of Matt Dillon, he was praised as a standout in a film featuring such talents as Dennis Hopper, Diane Lane, Nicolas Cage, Chris Penn, Laurence Fishburne and Tom Waits.
Rising star: Rourke's performance in the film The Pope of Greenwich Village alongside Darryl Hannah and Eric Roberts began to give him some critical attention.
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Rourke has always credited the film as being his own personal favorite, while both Hannah and Roberts often cite it as highlights of their careers.
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In the mid-1980s, Rourke became one of the decade's leading men, and arguably the major sex symbol of his acting generation, a title no doubt fueled by his role alongside Kim Basinger in the controversial box-office hit 9½ Weeks.
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Many critics maintain that it is Rourke's best performance, although Rourke has admitted on numerous occasions that he doesn't understand why they think so since, in his opinion, he just played it straight. He claims he took the role primarily because he needed the money at the time.
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Rourke's acting career eventually became overshadowed by the demands of his personal life as well as his perceived eccentric career decisions. Among the roles he reportedly turned down included the roles of Elliot Ness in The Untouchables, Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop (although it should be noted that Sylvester Stallone also refused the role and the script was heavily re-written when Eddie Murphy came on board), Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, Tom Cruise's role in Rain Man, Nick Nolte's part in 48 Hours, Christopher Lambert's part in Highlander and a part in Platoon. Instead, he spent time surrounded by an entourage that included the Hell's Angels, Tupac Shakur and even John Gotti.
Becoming typecast as a soft-core pornographic actor in the early 1990s for taking on roles in so-called "smutty" films like Wild Orchid, Rourke left acting in 1991 to become a professional boxer.
Although he won the majority of his fights against minor opponents, he never achieved national prominence. In fact, on a recent E! television program, boxing promoters claimed Rourke was merely average. Many of them thought that the actor was simply too old to do well against top level fighters.
Return to the screen: It was during that time that Quentin Tarantino offered Rourke the part of Butch Coolidge in Pulp Fiction, planning on resurrecting his career alongside John Travolta.
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Rourke refused, and the role eventually was offered to Matt Dillon and Sylvester Stallone, before Bruce Willis invested in the film and was given the part.
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In 1995, Rourke retired from boxing, and returned to the silver screen with brief but memorable turns in John Grisham's The Rainmaker, Vincent Gallo's Buffalo '66, Steve Buscemi's Animal Factory and Sylvester Stallone's remake of Get Carter.
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Beginning in 2000, Rourke proved memorable with the role of The Cook in Jonas Åkerlund's Spun, a cult hit amongst Gen X audiences, reteaming with his Pope of Greenwich Village co-star Eric Roberts.
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Stardom reclaimed: In 2005, Rourke made his comeback as a Hollywood star with a performance as lead character Marv in Robert Rodriguez's adaptation of Frank Miller's Sin City.
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Rourke received awards from the Chicago Film Critics Association, the IFTA and the Online Film Critics Society, as well as "Man of the Year" from Total Film magazine that year.
Rourke followed Sin City with a dynamic supporting role in Tony Scott's Domino alongside Keira Knightley.
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Previous collaborations: Directors that Rourke has worked with during his career include Steven Spielberg, Lawrence Kasdan, Francis Ford Coppola, Barry Levinson, Stuart Rosenberg, Nicholas Roeg, Michael Cimino, Adrian Lyne, Alan Parker, Mike Hodges, Barbet Schroeder, Walter Hill, Tsui Hark, Terrence Malick, Jonas Åkerlund, Wong Kar Wai, Tony Scott, Robert Rodriguez and John Madden, as well as actors-turned-directors Sean Penn, Vincent Gallo and Steve Buscemi.
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Rourke also recently appeared in a 40-page story by photographer Bryan Adams for Berlin's Zoo Magazine.
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Infamy and notoriety: Rourke has developed a reputation for his outspokenness. For example, he criticized actress Paris Hilton for having a lack of talent and claimed that she was an insult to the profession. Rourke has also held a grudge against director Barbet Schroeder, since the filming of Barfly more than fifteen years.
Unlike most other actors, Rourke does not employ a press agent to do damage control and preserve his image. While this attitude has offended some, it has also managed to give Rourke a certain amount of box office appeal as anti-hero among Hollywood actors.
Rourke signed up to act in the movie version of the The Informers in the role of Peter, an amoral former studio security guard who plots to kidnap a small child.
In 2008, Rourke played the lead in The Wrestler, winner of the Golden Lion Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, about washed-up professional wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson. In regards to first reading the screenplay, he stated that he originally "didn't care for it."
He trained under former WWE wrestler Afa the Wild Samoan for the part, and has received a British Academy (BAFTA) award, a Golden Globe award, an Independent Spirit Award, and an Oscar nomination as Best Actor. Rourke was pessimistic about his chances to win the Oscar as he had been, in the past, very vocal against Hollywood's establishment. Rourke lost the Oscar to Sean Penn, while Penn did acknowledge Rourke in his acceptance speech. Rourke lost the Oscar to Sean Penn, while Penn did acknowledge Rourke in his acceptance speech.
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Rourke has written or co-written six scripts: Homeboy, The Last Ride, Bullet, Killer Moon, Penance and the latest, Pain. Of these, the first three were produced as movies between 1988 and 1996.
In early 2009, Rourke developed a small feud with WWE Superstar Chris Jericho, as part of a storyline.
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The storyline climaxed at WrestleMania XXV, when Rourke knocked out Jericho with a left hook after Jericho won his match against Jimmy Snuka, Ricky Steamboat, and Roddy Piper, with Ric Flair in their corner.
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In 2009, Rourke starred in John Rich's music video for Shuttin' Detroit Down along side of Kris Kristofferson.
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In 2009, Rourke voiced protganist, US Navy SEAL Dick Marcinko in video game Rogue Warrior. The game received very poor reviews from critics, such as the excessive use of swearing by Marcinko, as well as poor AI and graphics. In 2010, Rourke played the role of the main villain Whiplash in the film Iron Man 2.
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