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Mickey Rourke: Really Not that Cool

79536_1.jpgLook: I love a good comeback story as much as the next guy, and if you’ve seen The Wrestler, you know that Mickey Rourke deserves a lot of accolades for his work. But what seems to be forgotten in the midst of this huge career rebound is one simple thing: Mickey Rourke is a dick. The man has always been a dick. And much of the career turmoil he had he brought upon himself. He’s always been a decent actor, but I actually have vague recollections — way back in the day — of what kind of guy he was (Kim Basinger, for one, loathed him, and despised every day she spent on the set of 9 1/2 Weeks). He’s also been charged, in the past, for spousal abuse. And part of the reason that he’s so good in The Wrester is because he plays a dick. I appreciated his performance, but there wasn’t a second in the movie where I sympathized with his character. He was playing himself: A selfish motherfucking prick.

Anyway, the point is: Our friend, Mr. Last, pointed to this article about Mickey Rourke with the line, “And the Oscar goes to Sean Penn in Milk.” Clearly, Last — who is a bit on the conservative side, and who has spoken hilariously about Sean Penn’s role in Milk being completely critic-proof from the liberal perspective because of who he was playing (and he’s right about that, to some degree) — was being sarcastic. Last made the comment in the context of a few off-the-wall comments that Rourke delivered in London, essentially sympathizing with George W. Bush.

“I don’t give a f**k who’s in office, Bush or whoever, there is no simple solution to this problem… I’m not one of those who blames Bush for everything. This s**t between Christians and Muslims goes back to the Crusades, doesn’t it.
“It’s too easy to blame everything on one guy. These are unpredictable, dangerous times, and I don’t think that anyone really knows quite what to do.”
Rourke also confesses he was so angry after 9/11, he wanted to fight the war on terror himself.
He adds, “I’m not politically educated. But I do know that after 9/11 I wanted to go over there, you know what I’m saying?”
And the star is baffled by the U.K.’s approach to fundamentalists - insisting he was taken aback by the freedom of speech allowed in the U.K.
He explains, “I was in London recently and I couldn’t believe all these hate-talking fanatics you have over here who are allowed to carry on doing their thing even when a bus full of women and children gets blown to pieces.
“I know you’ve deported one or two of them, but it seems crazy. I think there is worse to come, something terrible will happen to either America or the U.K., or France even. I don’t think these fundamentalists should be allowed to talk all this crap, and brainwashing these young kids.”

Taken aback by freedom of speech? This from the dude who starred in Angel Heart and 9 1/2 Weeks and Wild Orchid. I do believe the drug use and the facial reconstruction surgery the man had has gone to his head.

Anyway, I know he’s only recently returned to the scene in a big way (along with The Wrestler, he was good in Sin City), but I’m actually tired of the comeback already. Good people deserve comebacks. And I just don’t think that Rourke was, is, or ever will be good people. And it’s not just because he’s sympathetic to W.

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Add to that the fact that in the recent NYT interview, he says he "likes Sarah Palin" because "she speaks to us" (who the fuck is "us"?) and he blames everyone else for his lack of success: countless actors (Nicole Kidman, Denzel Washington, etc. all wanted him canned from their movies because they were threatened by his talent he claims. And despite his professed adoration of his dogs, in the inverview, one of them cringes and cowers just at the sound of his voice, which tends to suggest abuse. He is a category one dick.

I was happy for him because I think he's talented. I think this time around he will be a different person. When you have the golden ticket to Hollywood, and you take it for granted...sometimes its harder to get back in.
I have to admit that I get a little annoyed with the Ledger award. He was a talented actor, but I believe he OD...so I dont' have a lot of sympathy. Why is it that when a celebrity dies, people are crying on the streets or holding up a lighter. Do you really think the same people will give a damn when I die? NOPE!
Actors are not Nobel Prize Winners, Scientists finding the cure for cancer, aids, etc.
Please....No one is God. It's a fucking award show for actors. WE are all Humans...start the music...lalala

Disagree with everything in your article...Rourke was,is and always will be one of holly wood's greatest actors and most definitely it's coolest !

I won't see Milk because I already saw the documentary in high school. it was great as it was and I don't need a dramatic reenactment. sean penn will never be as charismatic as the actual harvey milk.
and i totally agree about dead actors getting awards. I like the new Joker but let's be honest- it wouldn't be such a big deal if the guy were still alive. people threw such a fit when he took the dirt nap, like millions of people don't die every friggin day.
and i'm sure Rourke is a dick, and I'm not saying he's not abusive to his animals- but don't chihuahuas cringe and shiver all the time?

no chihuahuas do not cringe and shiver...that stereotype is only seen in some chihuahua personalities...

lastly, it was a pug rourke yelled at during that interview, saying it was the dumbest dog in the world and wanting someone to get the dog away from him, as though he was a king and others should do his bidding..and pugs are not known for shivering/cowering...

there is also an internet article discussing how rourke's dog Chocolate was (allegedly) deliberately malnourished by rourke because he was angry to have been left with that dog after beau jack died, saying he hated the fact that the dog always had its tail between its leg, as if weakness was something rourke felt deserved more punishment...don't animals think like this?...they try to elimate what they perceive as weaker...anyway...

a friend of rourke took the dog and cared for it, until (i believe) rourke get jealous that the dog was apparently doted on by folks around hollywood, according to the friend who took the dog, and took the Chocolate back...i mean, why else would he want a dog back that he was not feeding and didn't like because it had a submissive personality...

she should have never given the dog back...and now based on that interview where rourke is yelling at the dog, i'm afraid he is abusing another dog...

what horrifies me, is this: what happens to the dogs he doesn't like when there is NO camera, or reporter around? oh my God.

Hes a fuckin actor and thats all that matters is that he acts well. Rourke just so happens to be able to allow his emotions out when he has to you dumb asses. I hate george bush but what the fuck has that got to do with this guys untouchable acting skills and the ability to keep on and...succeed. YOu ever had life by the balls when you're a young man, money, chicks, talent galore and full of hormones? HOw bout when you were young and your Dad was one mean mother fucker? Well, I've experienced similar events and at simialr stages and its a fuckin tough road man. I hope I can comeback with just a fraction of the success that Mickey Rourke has. by the by..Sean Penns acting in Milk does not come close to MIckeys in the WRestler. Milk may have been a better movie( the Milk story is not that interesting though) but Rourkes acting is far and away a better performance. cut the gossip chidlish shit out about ones personal life, the shit that lies outside the profession, the theatre - but then again thats so f'n American to judge ones ablities by his or hers personal habits - jesus f'n christ. Oh yeah, fuck dogs and cats and all the other toys you humans use to separate yourselves from reality. I'm off to do some berserking - not a bad gig but pays shitty - Uff Da


I totally agree. Mickey Rourke has always been a great actor. I'm so glad he's back. He can be magic on the screen, and deserves all the awards for this film. He put his heart and soul into it and the oscar is his.