Mickey Rourke (born Philip Andre 'Mickey' Rourke, 16.9.1952) Mickey Rourke is an American actor and screenwriter. In 2009, he won an Oscar for his lead role in The Wrestler.
Childhood: Mickey Rourke was born to Philip Andre Rourke Sr. and Ann Addis (who remarried a police officer, Eugene Addis) in Schenectady, New York. He later moved with his mother and her new husband to Miami Beach. Florida.
Rourke graduated from Miami Beach High School in 1971. As a teenager, he showed great talent as a boxer.
Acting Career: Whilst at Miami Beach High School, Mickey Rourke had a role in the school's production of The Serpent. He also landed a role in a play, Deathwatch, via a friend and soon got hooked on acting. He borrowed money so that he could take acting lessons in New York.
Mickey Rourke then landed his debut film role in Steven Spielberg's 1941, which starred John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. He followed this by mainly appearing in television movies, such as Diner, with Kevin Bacon and Steve Guttenberg. He also appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's highly acclaimed Rumble Fish, which also starred Matt Dillon, Diane Lane and Nicolas Cage.
At this stage of his career, many of Rourke's performances garnered critical attention, if not commercial success, such as his performance in The Pope of Greenwich Village, along with Daryl Hannah and Eric Roberts.
The 1980s were a time when Mickey Rourke began landing himself lucrative leading roles, such as his role alongside Kim Basinger in 9 1/2 Weeks, which also earned him his status as a sex symbol. In Barfly, he starred opposite Faye Dunaway, playing Henry Chinaski, the literary alter-ego of the writer Charles Bukowski. He also appeared in Year of the Dragon, the screenplay for which was co-written by Oliver Stone.
1987 saw Mickey Rourke starring in Angel Heart, a film seen by many as a source of controversy, as Lisa Bonet (best known for appearing in the family-friendly Cosby Show) filmed explicit sex scenes for the movie. Around this time, Rourke also performed with David Bowie, on Bowie's Never Let Me Down album and also wrote his first screenplay, Homeboy, as well as appearing in Francesco with Helena Bonham Carter.
His 1989 film Wild Orchid bombed with the critics, as did Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man. Before he returned to the boxing ring, he joined Wilem Dafoe and Samuel L. Jackson in the film noir, White Sands.
His acting career then took something of a downward spiral, down to poor decisions in both his career and his personal life. He is reported to have turned down Tom Cruise's role in Rain Man, Nick Nolte's role in 48 Hrs and Christopher Lambert's part in Highlander. He took a break from acting and returned to acting in the 1990s.
Rourke was offered the role of Bruce Coolidge in Pulp Fiction, but turned it down. It became the role that lent Bruce Willis' career a newfound credibility. Rourke, however, found his own credibility, appearing in John Grisham's The Rainmaker with Matt Damon, Claire Danes and Jon Voight, as well as Vincent Gallo's Buffalo 66, with Gallo and Christina Ricci. He also appeared in Steve Buscemi's Animal Factory, Sean Penn's The Pledge and Sylvester Stallone's remake of Get Carter, which originally starred Michael Caine.
Mickey Rourke has also used the pen name Sir Eddie Cook to write a number of films, including Bullet, in which he co-starred with the late rap artist Tupac Shakur.
In 1997, Mickey Rourke co-starred with Jean-Claude Van Damme in Double Team, followed by an appearance in Another 9 1/2 Weeks.
The turn of the century saw Mickey Rourke playing a villain in Enrique Englesias's video for 'Hero', opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt. He teamed up with the directors Robert Rodriguez and Tony Scott for Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Man on Fire, He then worked with Rodriguez again on an adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel series Sin City. The film also starred Bruce Willis, Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, Elijah Wood and Brittany Murphy. Mickey Rourke followed this performance with a role in Domino, with Keira Knightley, as well as appearing in Sin City 2.
In 2008, Mickey Rourke won a great deal of critical acclaim for his performance in The Wrestler, which also starred Marisa Tomei. He was nominated for an Oscar, but lost out to Sean Penn for his performance in Milk.
Personal Life: Mickey Rourke has been romantically linked to a number of celebrities, including Terry Farrell, Debra Feuer (to whom he was married) and another wife, Carre Otis.
Kim Basinger prefers men’s clothes to women’s.
The 62-year-old actress was one of the biggest pinups in the ‘80s, after her sexy turn in cult movie 9½ Weeks which featured the infamous feeding scene with co-star Mickey Rourke. She then brought her femme fatale charms to 1997 film L.A. Confidential, but in real life Kim admits she’s not one for glitz and glamour.
“I’m not a red-carpet girl; I’m not a fashionista at all – I’m not feminine enough!” she laughed to The Edit. “I love dressing men; I love men. If I were a fashion designer, I’d design men’s clothes. But as for me? I’m just not very high maintenance. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I shower...”
For the accompanying photo shoot, Kim rocks more tailored masculine looks, including trousers by Alexander MCQueen and a suit by The Row. Sneakers and a fedora hat also add to the androgynous vibe.
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Mickey Rourke wants to fight U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump with a baseball bat.
Donald's campaign to become the Republican Party's presidential candidate in November's (16) general election has irked many celebrities, with Miley Cyrus, Richard Gere and Spike Lee among his most vocal critics, but few have challenged the property tycoon to a fight.
The Wrestler star did just that when he took time out from a game of baseball to invite Donald to face him.
"Donald Trump can go f**k himself," Mickey told editors at TMZ.com. "His wife said he's a tough guy; he's not a tough guy, he's a bully and he's a b**ch and he can suck my f**king c**k. I'll meet him in a hotel room any motherf**king day of the week and give him a Louisville slugger (a brand of baseball bat). Kiss my motherf**king a** you b**ch punk c**ksucker."
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Norman Reedus , Mickey Rourke - Premiere Of Open Road's 'Triple 9' at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live - Arrivals at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 16th February 2016
Veteran Crooner Tom Jones Has Reached Out To Fans To Clarify His Controversial Comments On Homosexuality, Insisting His Words Have Been Taken Out Of Context.
The Welsh star was at the centre of an online storm following the publication of his interview with British magazine The Big Issue, in which he talked about working with gay producer Joe Meek.
"I was ready for most aspects of the music industry but when I met the producer Joe Meek, that threw me off a bit," he told the publication. "Because he was a homosexual. I thought, wait a minute, is the London scene, the people who run British show business - are there a lot of homosexuals involved here? Because if so, I'm going back to Cardiff... When I signed with Decca and Peter Sullivan became my manager... I said, 'You're not one of these queer fellows are you?' And he said, 'What are you on about?' I became paranoid, you see..."
Tom's remarks sparked a backlash among some fans, with many going online to criticise the singer, but Tom has now spoken out to clarify his comments, insisting he was talking about an era in the past when the gay community was not so widely accepted.
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Ed Wallis has never really been the popular boy in his class and the thought of having to move to a brand new school and start over isn't exactly his idea of fun. Starting over in a new location with his mum, Ed soon becomes an easy target for the class jocks but he doesn't let it bother him. When he's given a new assignment from school to speak with and write an essay on an older person, Ed doesn't know where - or rather who - to turn to, that is until he sees his neighbour might and thinks he might be just the person to speak to.
Though hesitant at the start, the neighbour agrees to speak with Ed. After the duo spend some time together, Ashby and Ed soon open up to one another and form an unlikely friendship. Ashby teaches Ed some much needed life lessons and vice versa.
Ashby was written and directed by Tony McNamara and had its premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Natt Wolf recently starred in Paper Towns with Cara Delevingne and The Fault in Our Stars alongside Shailene Woodley.
Mickey Rourke is ''hooked on surgery'' and is reportedly having a series of bone grafts to change his nose and teeth once again.
Mickey Rourke is ''hooked on surgery''.
The actor and retired boxer is reportedly undergoing another set of cosmetic procedures to change his face because he has become obsessive about his appearance and ''doesn't like what he sees'' when he looks at his reflection.
A source revealed: ''He's hooked on surgery.
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Writer/director Tony Mcnamara And His Ashby Leading Man Nat Wolff Risked Hospitalisation On The Set Of The Movie Because Mickey Rourke Came Close To Beating Them Both Up.
The Angel Heart star, a former boxer, plays a retired CIA assassin in the film and MCNamara admits his hero was menacing during fight scenes.
He tells WENN, "When it came to the boxing scene I was a bit worried because Mickey was very invested in the scene and I kept saying to him, 'Mickey, it's not a scene about boxing, it's about teaching this kid (Wolff) how to punch!'
"But because he's a boxer and he's so physically awesome in a way, he came with his own stuntman from New York. He kept saying to me, 'If Nat hits me in the face, I'm gonna hit you in the face!'
Continue reading: Menacing Mickey Rourke Terrified Director And Co-star
The 62 year old 'The Wrestler' star was apparently irked by Faris' baby son Jack on a long-haul flight to Los Angeles a couple of years ago.
When she appeared on Tuesday’s edition of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’, 38 year old Faris told the host that Rourke had shushed her young son on a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles back in 2013. Recalling the incident, she said “The longest trip we've ever done is to London to visit Chris when he was shooting Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s a long trip.”
Mickey Rourke apparently told Anna Faris and Chris Pratt's son Jack to be quiet on a flight
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Nigerian filmmaker Jeta Amata clearly feels passionate about the problems in his country, but despite the presence of Hollywood stars the movie is made in a style that will feel amateurish to Western audiences. Obvious screenwriting is the main problem, ramping up melodrama when political intensity is needed. Essentially, a more organic approach to storytelling, with attention to the characters instead of the themes, would have made this a much more powerful thriller.
After studying in America, 21-year-old Ebiere (Mbong Amata) returns home to her Niger Delta community just in time to witness a horrific oil-company accident in which most of her family perishes. As the most educated person in her village, she rises to a position of leadership among the rebels fighting for fairer treatment from petrol executive Tom (Mickey Rourke) and the corrupt military, which responds with relentless violence, betraying and brutalising the villagers. As she falls for rebel commander Dede (Hakeem Kae-Kazim), Ebiere becomes even more important. And things take a further turn when she's charged with murder after a protest turns fatal. Meanwhile in Los Angeles, desperate Nigerians (including Wyclef Jean and Akon) take Tom hostage along with a local reporter (Kim Basinger) to demand justice for Ebiere's plight.
Writer-director Amata made this film three years ago, then reworked it to add the L.A. sequences in an effort to make Nigeria's struggle feel more current in the context of global activism. This works to an extent, as it stirs the hot topic of terrorism into the mix. But the big action set pieces are directed and edited in a choppy way that feels undercooked. The story of desperate political activism amid heavy-handed corruption is compelling, but it's watered down by some rather soapy interpersonal plot points. Still, the film remains involving, a powerful tale of little guys standing up to forces much bigger than themselves simply in the name of what's right.
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The boxer Mickey Rourke beat in the ring in Moscow, Russia at the weekend (30Nov14) has dismissed reports suggesting he was paid to lose the fight.
At 29, Elliott Seymour is more than half The Wrestler star's age, but he was knocked down twice in the second round of the fight and the referee stopped the match before the bell.
Critics and boxing writers immediately claimed the fight was "rigged" but Seymour insists 62-year-old Rourke was a worthy opponent and he wasn't prepared for the match.
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Mickey Rourke has won his latest boxing match in Russia.
The Wrestler star returned to the ring on Friday (28Nov14) and defeated a former California Golden Gloves champion less than half his age.
Rourke knocked 29-year-old Elliot Seymour to the mat twice in the second round before the referee stopped the fight in Moscow.
Continue reading: Mickey Rourke Wins Boxing Match In Russia
Date of birth
16th September, 1952
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