Actor Mickey Rourke fled to New York as a teenager - after a terrifying confrontation with gun-toting drug dealers.
The former wildman admits he was shocked into cleaning up his act after he got caught up in a "gunfight" in Miami, Florida when he was 18.
He left for New York to escape his lifestyle - and carved out a successful acting career.
Rourke tells Maxim magazine, "I found (myself) on the short end of a gunfight. (I was) only 18, and it was just some monkey business gone wrong - a drug-deal ripoff. And our guns were smaller than theirs.
"I realised I wasn't going to live long in this line of work. It's nice playing those kinds of people in movies, but in real life, it sucks."