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.
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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It's taken nearly 10 years for filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and graphic novelist Frank Miller to get around to making this sequel, but it was worth the wait because the technical advancements make this second triptych of stories even more visually stunning, and the emotional resonance is even stronger. This is a lean, mean noir thriller that doesn't waste a single moment as it rips through three interlocking plots that centre on revenge for the events of the first movie.
Two people are out to get even with the ruthlessly nasty politician Roark (Powers Booth). Watched over by the hulking Marv (Mickey Rourke), gun-toting stripper Nancy (Jessica Alba) is still heartbroken after Roark killed her beloved Hartigan (Bruce Willis), who appears to her as a ghostly apparition. And Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is determined to bring Roark down by humiliating him at his own high-stakes poker game, even though merely having uncanny good luck might not be enough. But the main story centres on private eye Dwight (Josh Brolin), who is stopped in his tracks when he encounters his old flame Ava (Eva Green), a bombshell who has power over most men she meets. She asks for help with a domestic problem, and Dwight is powerless to walk away even though he knows something is fishy.
As before, these stories unfold exactly as they would in a graphic novel, with blunt dialogue and strikingly visual imagery black and white that's spotted with flashes of colour. Aside from Ava's blue coat, that colour is usually red: hair, nails, lips, but not blood, which splashes in glaring white. It looks fantastic in (ahem) eye-popping 3D. And it's fiercely violent as death hovers around the residents of Basin City, especially the lawless Old Town district. But there's just as much emphasis on surging passion, including some surprisingly graphic sexuality that plays up how helpless men are around a scantily clad woman. Indeed, it's rare to see an action film in which the women are so resolutely in charge.
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Mickey Rourke - Stars turned out on mass for the Premiere of 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For' directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 20th August 2014