Mickey Rourke Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


17th November 2014

Quote: "Like he's the baby whisperer. Like he's gonna get the baby to stop crying when the baby's mother can't, just by aggressively shushing the baby. Motherf**ker. I was like, 'Damn, the f**in' Wrestler shushed my baby'." Actor Chris Pratt was not amused when he heard Mickey Rourke had attempted to quiet his wife Anna Faris and child on a plane.


26th September 2014

Fact: A New York City condominium featured in Mickey Rourke's and Kim Basinger's 1986 film 9 & 1/2 Weeks has been put on the market for $4.3 million (£2.7 million). The penthouse, which served as home of The Wrestler star's character, features two bedrooms and two bathrooms and a terrace, which served as the location for Basinger's racy striptease scene in the movie. The apartment is located atop the city's historic Piano Factory, according to the New York Post.


13th August 2014

Fact: Mickey Rourke was nursing a sore thigh during an unexpected appearance on America's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (12Aug14) after giving himself a vitamin shot in the wrong place. The actor, who was jet-lagged after returning from a trip to Russia earlier in the day, needed an energy boost after being asked to step in as a last-minute replacement for his sick Sin City: A Dame To Kill For co-star Jessica Alba, and ended up having to conduct the interview with an ice pack to numb the pain. He explained, "I just got off a long flight from Russia. They called me about 20 minutes ago... I thought I'd give myself a B-12 shot and I couldn't reach my a**, so I put it here (in his right thigh)... I thought you could (do that)."


9th August 2014

Quote: "It wasn't my thing. I didn't get the humour... The guys where I came from, we had a different sense of humour about what was funny." Mickey Rourke isn't a fan of his classic 1982 film Diner.


8th August 2014

Quote: "He's doing a lot of acting. He would have made a great James Bond - he's tough as s**t, one cauliflower ear... He's very handsome and he's very quick-witted." Actor Mickey Rourke insists cage fighter Michael 'The Count' Bisping would make a great 007.


20th April 2012

Fact: Mickey Rourke and Rosario Dawson are to reprise their Sin City characters for a prequel to the Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller-directed movie. Rourke's tough guy character Marv was killed off in the first film, while Rosario played kinky hooker Gail. The all-star movie also featured Clive Owen, Jessica Alba and the late Brittany Murphy.


25th January 2012

Fact: Mickey Rourke has reportedly undergone surgery and lost more than 25 pounds (11.5 kilograms) as he prepares to play gay Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas in a new biopic.


10th November 2011

Quote: "I used to be much better looking. It sucks seeing yourself deteriorate." Mickey Rourke on getting older.


9th November 2011

Quote: "The only actor friend that I roll with is Jason Statham and he's over in Prague, bored out of his mind... Jason, I see a lot. We do things together." Mickey Rourke missed his tough guy pal at the premiere of his new movie Immortals in Hollywood on Tuesday (08Nov11). The Wrestler star was joined by fighters Chuck Liddell, Frank Shamrock and Alistair Overeem and Welsh rugby hero Gareth Thomas on the red carpet.


7th November 2011

Quote: "My high school reunion's tomorrow. I tried to go, I gotta work." Hollywood star Mickey Rourke missed out on catching up with his former schoolmates last week (04Nov11).


7th November 2011

Quote: "I didn't have any girls in high school. I was really shy, I wasn't their cup of tea. I had a lot of pimples..." Actor Mickey Rourke was not a hit with the ladies in high school.


2nd November 2011

Quote: "If you cause too many problems, no matter how good you are, you'll be out of work. In the old days if the (set) call was seven, I'd show up at 11. My reputation was so bad... When you're out of work for 13 years, it's a humiliating experience. What I'm fortunate about is many of the people I alienated and p**sed off, they're not working anymore, they're all dead... The new breed doesn't care what I did 20 years ago." Veteran actor Mickey Rourke on making a career comeback in films like The Wrestler, Iron Man 2, The Expendables and new movie Immortals.


19th October 2011

Fact: Mickey Rourke's comeback is complete - he's set to become the latest star to place his hand and footprints in the cement outside Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theatre. A ceremony reserved for only the biggest stars, Rourke will become only the 254th celebrity to leave his mark on Hollywood Boulevard on 31 October (11).


3rd August 2011

Quote: "He showed up with, like, gold teeth... He makes a lot of his own choices... and he wanted to do his part all in Russian... and then my friend said, 'Do you know Mickey is on YouTube...? He's in Russia, in jail.' He flew himself to Russia and got himself locked up in a prison as research while we were rehearsing. He goes above and beyond." Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau on working with Mickey Rourke.


30th June 2011

Fact: The Wrestler star Mickey Rourke has swapped his luxury $19,800 (£12,375)-a-month loft in New York City's Meatpacking district for a cheaper property. The actor is now renting a three-bedroom apartment in Manhattan's West Village for $13,500 (£8,437) per month.


9th May 2011

Quote: "He's real strange, Mickey Rourke. I mean, I like him, I've worked with him a little bit over the years... He's got a lot of idiosyncrasies... Mickey Rourke has a soft centre... He has bizarre habits, strange habits to watch, and really, you can't take your eyes off it! But he's good, he's really good; he's always been really good." Bill Murray is fascinated by fellow actor Mickey Rourke, after working with him on 2010 drama Passion Play.


10th April 2011

Quote: "When he sees topless pictures of me he knows he can't look for chocolate or junk. He's three weeks into his 10-month training routine. He's having to work hard, so he's pretty tired." Actor Mickey Rourke keeps topless shots of Gareth Thomas on his fridge to keep him from snacking, according to the rugby ace. The Wrestler star is preparing to play the athlete in an upcoming biopic.


9th March 2011

Quote: "What I was really concerned with when we decided to do this project was the Welsh accent. They all kept telling me how tough doing the accent was going to be. Everybody that moves to London from Wales tries to hide their Welsh accent with a posh London accent, so I'm getting no help in London." Mickey Rourke is struggling to master the Welsh lilt after signing up to play rugby player Gareth Thomas in a biopic.


4th August 2010

Quote: "I'd go to Burger King and get three f**king cheeseburgers for myself and several cheeseburgers for them, then take the buns off. We'd all eat the same meal." Mickey Rourke admits he used to feed his beloved pet dogs unhealthy treats.


1st August 2010

Fact: Former Hollywood hellraiser Mickey Rourke is set to appear in commercials for alcohol-free beer made by Dutch brewers Bavaria. The Wrestler star will be seen guzzling a bottle of Wit - without realising it contains no booze.


17th July 2010

Quote: "I need three or four years to go by before I watch stuff, because if I see something I don't like I'll call the director up and producers in the middle of the night and raise hell - and then I'll be out of work for another 14 years." Mickey Rourke refuses to watch any of his movies for several years for fear he won't like the final cut.


6th May 2010

Quote: "I got a bobblehead (doll)... There was a paparazzi chasing my girlfriend and she was getting really upset and I went after him and he held up the bobblehead and I stopped and went, 'Give me that'." Mickey Rourke on the toy keepsake he has of his IRON MAN 2 villain WHIPLASH.


6th May 2010

Quote: "It's always nice to go where you don't have to stay... My favourite place was the bakery, they had a really great bakery there... It was very quiet there... I met my girlfriend in the prison; she was in the women's detention centre." Mickey Rourke on the time he spent behind bars in a Russian jail researching his IRON MAN 2 villain WHIPLASH.


6th May 2010

Quote: "I told her that in two years I'll learn Russian. It's been about a year now and... it's not happening." Mickey Rourke is trying to impress his Russian girlfriend with his language skills.


6th May 2010

Quote: "It was funny because both of us got a second chance, and you don't get second chances a lot in life, especially in the movie business. We both had two strikes, two-and-a-half strikes, really... I think he was worse than me." Mickey Rourke is adamant he and his IRON MAN 2 co-star Robert Downey, Jr. are lucky to still be working after their past wild ways almost ruined their careers.


5th May 2010

Quote: "I was walking (on the treadmill) during my lunch break and Robert was over there doing these strange movements - kung fu he called it - and he walks around with a satchel of vitamins, and I thought, 'Wow, we've come a long way'. I would have been showing up about noon and he wouldn't even have been there." Mickey Rourke on working with fellow former Hollywood wildman Robert Downey, JR. on IRON MAN 2.


30th April 2010

Quote: "I thought it would be more interesting than having a cat." Mickey Rourke on his evil character Ivan Vanko's pet cockatoo in IRON MAN 2.


29th April 2010

Quote: "No sooner had he been cast, he went to a Russian prison... I mean the guy is committed." Mickey Rourke's dangerous research tactics for his villainous role in IRON MAN 2 impressed the film's star Robert Downey, JR..


26th April 2010

Quote: "The Russian teacher would come over every day and it was really hard working on the accent. I would hear her pulling up on the driveway and go, 'Ugh, she's here.' It was three hours of messing up the Russian language. It's really hard on the English tongue to wrap the vowels the right way." Mickey Rourke dreaded playing a Russian character in IRON MAN 2.


23rd March 2010

Fact: TWILIGHT star Kellan Lutz has landed the role of sea god POSEIDON in Mickey Rourke's new epic WAR OF THE GODS. The TV and movie hunk joins Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto and British actor Henry Cavill in the ambitious Tarsem Singh film.


18th January 2010

Quote: "He's the very best person in the whole world. He's a sweetheart." Mickey Rourke's statuesque Russian girlfriend ANASTASIA MAKARENKO coos over her boyfriend on the red carpet at the Golden Globes.


18th January 2010

Quote: "It's a lot easier for me to be presenting something than sitting out in the audience, waiting for your name to be called, with your underwear crawling up your a**." Mickey Rourke is glad to be a presenter at the Golden Globes.


23rd December 2009

Fact: Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts and Mickey Rourke will join Robert De Niro and Leonardo Dicaprio as guest presenters at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards next month (Jan10). The ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on 17 January (10).


11th November 2009

Quote: "I never had much respect for money and when you spend it like I did it soon goes. I bought six Cadillacs with cash and gave them away." Mickey Rourke on his old spending habits.


9th November 2009

Quote: "I'd rather be dead than mellow. You might as well take me out the back and shoot me in the head before I'm going to be mellow." Mickey Rourke will never quit his wildman ways.


2nd October 2009

Quote: "There isn't much worse than being a has been, being used to sitting at the best table in the fanciest restaurant just by showing up, and then reaching a point where the restaurant won't even take my call." Mickey Rourke on the humility of fleeting fame.


17th September 2009

Quote: "I got this pretty girl to come with me and she promised me she'd wear high heels." Mickey Rourke admits his trip to the show at New York Fashion Week had nothing to do with fashion.


6th August 2009

Fact: Tee-total rocker Chris Isaak plays a drunk in Mickey Rourke's new film THE INFORMERS.


6th June 2009

Quote: "I looked like Attila the Hun on acid. When my wife had said to me 'You need to change and you need help', she was right". Mickey Rourke's ex-wife Carre Otis scared him into turning his life around.


4th June 2009

Quote: "I had three MRI scans in two months. Because when some motherf**ker throws you across the ring, something is going to snap, crackle and pop. And I am no spring chicken. If I were 20 years old it wouldn't hurt so much." Mickey Rourke goes for regular hospital check-ups before he steps into the wrestling ring.


21st April 2009

Fact: Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao is working out ahead of his big fight with Brit Ricky Hatton using actor Mickey Rourke's old gym gear. The Wrestler star donated punching bags and weightballs to coach FREDDIE ROACH's Wild Card gym in Los Angeles when he quit boxing - and that's where Pacquiao is training for his 2 May (09) showdown.


20th March 2009

Fact: THE WRESTLER star Mickey Rourke has shot a cameo for country star John Rich's new video SHUTTIN' DETROIT DOWN. Music legend Kris Kristofferson also appears in the promo.


27th February 2009

Fact: Dog lover Mickey Rourke has taken in a new pet following the death of his beloved Chihuahua Loki - he has bought another Chihuahua and named it Jaws.


22nd February 2009

Quote: "I've just been talking to the Santa Monica Police Department, who gave me a bed to sleep in ten years ago. I asked them for two pillows and they told me to f**k off." Mickey Rourke was reminded of his bad boy past at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California on Saturday (21Feb09).


22nd February 2009

Fact: A string of A-listers took to the stage at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday (21Feb09), to pay musical tribute to nominated movies. The Office actor Rainn Wilson impersonated Mickey Rourke'S THE WRESTLER character to sing James Brown's I FEEL GOOD; Christina Applegate sang Tina Turner'S ROLLING ON THE RIVER as an ode to FROZEN RIVER; Teri Hatcher paid a raunchy tribute to WENDY & LUCY; and TARAJI P. HENSON seranaded the crowd with a rendition of R.E.S.P.E.C.T - replacing the chorus with B.A.L.L.A.S.T (for Ballast).


22nd February 2009

Fact: A string of A-listers took to the stage at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday (21Feb09), to pay musical tribute to nominated movies. The Office actor Rainn Wilson impersonated Mickey Rourke'S THE WRESTLER character to sing James Brown's I FEEL GOOD; Christina Applegate sang Tina Turner'S ROLLING ON THE RIVER as an ode to FROZEN RIVER; Teri Hatcher paid a raunchy tribute to WENDY & LUCY; and TARAJI P. HENSON serenaded the crowd with a rendition of R.E.S.P.E.C.T - replacing the chorus with B.A.L.L.A.S.T (for Ballast).


22nd February 2009

Quote: "I've just been talking to the Santa Monica Police Department, who gave me a bed to sleep in ten years ago. I asked them for two pillows and they told me to f**k off." Mickey Rourke was reminded of his bad boy past at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California on Saturday (21Feb09).


19th February 2009

Quote: "Mickey Rourke was sitting next to me. He looked at me and said, 'What are you doing here? Isn't it past your bedtime?' He knows I like an early night." SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE star Freida Pinto on her BAFTA Awards experience in London.


18th February 2009

Quote: "I met Mickey Rourke in the toilet at the BAFTAS. It was Mickey having a wee. I shook his hand." SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE star Dev Patel on meeting the Oscar-nominee in London.


17th February 2009

Quote: "I had no chance. It was ridiculous. But just to share the same space as these people - I mean, wow!" SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE star Dev Patel on losing out on a BAFTA award to Mickey Rourke, alongside fellow nominees Brad Pitt, Frank Langella and Sean Penn.


12th February 2009

Quote: "I was waiting for the Xanax to kick in but it didn't. I always get really nervous in front of strangers. By nature I am kind of shy and so I was just trying to hold it together the whole time." Mickey Rourke explains the racy speech he gave as he accepted a Best Actor prize for THE WRESTLER at Sunday (08Feb09) night's BAFTA Awards.


5th February 2009

Quote: "I'll probably be sitting out there clapping for Sean Penn." Mickey Rourke is convinced he will lose out on the Best Actor award at the upcoming Oscars.


1st February 2009

Fact: Since the release of Mickey Rourke's latest film, THE WRESTLER, sales of tickets for wrestling matches in the U.S. have trebled, with Ticket Exchange website Viagogo reporting that ringside seats are going for as much as $300 (£210).


29th January 2009

Quote: "Mickey, if anybody deserves an Oscar, its you. No question about it. You lived it. You earned it. You deserve it. You're an incredibly talented man. Its about time everyone says, 'You know what, give it to the winner.'" Sylvester Stallone gives pal Mickey Rourke an Oscar boost.


27th January 2009

Quote: "My woman had to get behind me and push me up the stairs. I was pathetic looking." Mickey Rourke on his numerous injuries sustained while filming THE WRESTLER.


26th January 2009

Quote: "He doesn't rely on his pretty face... He always tries to go beyond that and show there's a lot more going on... Sometimes it's tough for a guy that's so good looking to go beyond that." Mickey Rourke on Best Actor Oscar rival Brad Pitt.


24th January 2009

Quote: "It's the first time I've been sat with four women, and there's not loud music and I haven't got a drink in both my hands." Mickey Rourke during an appearance on U.S. talk show The View, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepherd and ELIZABETH HASSELBECK.


21st January 2009

Quote: "I was a valet at a place called The Cock + The Bull, I think. I lasted about two months because I was stealing from the cars... I got a better job working in a lesbian nightclub - as a bouncer." Mickey Rourke on the jobs he had before becoming a movie star.


13th January 2009

Quote: "I know what I can do and very few people can do what I can do. I ain't got no problem with not getting an Oscar this year... I'll say, 'F**k you, I'm coming back next year... I ain't going away this time." Fighting talk from Golden Globe Award winner Mickey Rourke as he prepares for the Oscars in February (09).


13th January 2009

Fact: Mickey Rourke has hired a top Italian sculptor to cast his beloved Chihuahua, LOKI, in bronze.


12th January 2009

Quote: "I was even getting offered to go to Russia to do six round boxing bouts. I had an offer to do that and I was flat broke." Golden Globe winner Mickey Rourke was struggling this time last year (08).


12th January 2009

Quote: "I wish I got to do this a long time ago in a different era in Hollywood. In the 80s. That way instead of getting drunk with Mickey Rourke tonight, I could be doing coke with Mickey Rourke tonight." A slimmed down Seth Rogen pokes fun at reformed hellraiser MICKEY ROURKE while presenting a Golden Globe award.


12th January 2009

Quote: "I wish I got to do this a long time ago in a different era in Hollywood. In the 80s. That way instead of getting drunk with Mickey Rourke tonight, I could be doing coke with Mickey Rourke tonight." A slimmed down Seth Rogen pokes fun at reformed hellraiser MICKEY ROURKE while presenting a Golden Globe award.


9th January 2009

Quote: "It was after my wife had left me, and I was really drunk and I think I made a bad impression, but I was going through some painful s**t. All I could think was, 'Wow, I'm talking to Clint Eastwood, and I'm smashed out of my mind because of the old lady leaving.'" Mickey Rourke reflects on meeting the Dirty Harry legend.


9th January 2009

Quote: "My best friend in the world - I never had children but my dogs are like my kids" THE WRESTLER star Mickey Rourke on his 16-year-old pet Chihuahua Loki.


9th January 2009

Quote: "If I knew it was going to take this many years, I probably would have got another profession." Mickey Rourke can't believe how long it took him to achieve the success he has had with THE WRESTLER.


7th January 2009

Quote: "Do you know what? I don't hope to win an Oscar. It's all so surprising right now. I thought about that stuff 20 years ago. I'm happy to have a second chance to work again. I just did the best job that I could." Mickey Rourke isn't bothered about winning any awards for his role in THE WRESTLER.


3rd January 2009

Quote: "My legs are f**ked up. Constant pain. Old football injuries blew up - for the wrestling I had to put on 36 pounds and my knees weren't used to carrying the extra weight." Mickey Rourke is still suffering after filming new movie THE WRESTLER.


5th December 2008

Quote: "I gained 34 pounds for the role. It's coming off, but I still have another 10 pounds to go." Mickey Rourke is battling the bulge he put on for his latest big screen role in THE WRESTLER.


3rd December 2008

Quote: "Some actors take drugs, drink, and act crazy to light a fire within them; others take drugs, drink, and act oddly to put out the fire in them. Mickey is one of those actors." Director Darren Aronofsky is a big admirer of Mickey Rourke, who stars in his new movie THE WRESTLER.


26th November 2008

Quote: "It all comes down to respect. On... two occasions, I just didn't rate the material. But there was no telling him." Actor Mickey Rourke reveals why he turned down movie roles offered to him by director Quentin Tarantino.


14th November 2008

Fact: Mickey Rourke is to be honoured with the American Riviera Award at the 24th Santa Barbara International Film Festival in January (09).


8th October 2008

Quote: "We corresponded by letter and he took the time to say, 'OK, Mick, I'll do what I can.' He did something very generous and really special." Mickey Rourke is impressed with the theme pal Bruce Springsteen wrote and recorded for his new film THE WRESTLER.


23rd September 2008

Quote: "I used to ride with Mickey Rourke in Miami. Crazy guy." CAMEO frontman LARRY BLACKMON on his days as a biker.


13th February 2008

Fact: Movie star Mickey Rourke will don a long blond wig and lycra pants to play a washed-up fighter called RANDY 'THE RAM' ROBINSON in new movie THE WRESTLER.


17th July 2006

Quote: "Loki pissed all over a rug. I had to replace two rugs at the Dorchester (hotel, London). That dog cost me $10,000." Pet owner Mickey Rourke explains why his accommodation bills are so high.


29th March 2006

Quote: "I had a small part in a movie called SPUN a few years ago. I did a couple of scenes with Mickey Rourke. He turned out to be a big fan of the band." Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford was thrilled to find a high-profile fan of the group's music.


24th February 2006

Fact: <p>Mickey Rourke was the first choice to play AXEL FOLEY in the Beverly Hills Cop movies. The role eventually went to funnyman Eddie Murphy. </p>


17th November 2005

Fact: <p>When Mickey Rourke was filming cult movie BODY HEAT with Kathleen Turner he worked as a bouncer at a transvestite club in Los Angeles during nights off. </p>


16th November 2005

Fact: <p>Artist/director Julian Schnabel bought Marlon Brando's boxing gloves at a memorabilia auction so he could give them to pal Mickey Rourke, a former boxer. </p>


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