Mickey Rourke was a real fan of Hollywood at one time. His roles in such films as “Diner”, “9 1/2 weeks”, “The Year of the Dragon” and “Harry Angel” won the recognition of viewers and film critics. The actor is just turning 70 and it is difficult to recognize him. For years, he has been deciding on further plastic surgeries. Unfortunately, with a deplorable effect.
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Initially, Mickey Rourke linked his future with boxing
Mickey Rourke was born on September 16, 1952. His parents divorced when he was six. His mother moved to Florida with a new partner, and it was there that Mickey graduated from high school. Initially, he associated his future with boxing. First he enrolled in a self-defense course and then began his amateur career as a member of the “Gritty” sports club. He entered the first fight at the age of 12. In eight years, he fought 27 fights, of which he lost only three. However, it was not without an injury. In 1969 he suffered a head injury.
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The 1980s was a golden period in Mickey Rourke’s career
After graduating from high school, Rourke decided to move to New York. There he enrolled in an acting course at the famous Lee Strasberg Institute. He made his movie debut in Steven Spielberg’s 1941. The 1980s turned out to be a golden period in the actor’s career. Then he starred opposite Kim Basinger in the famous erotic drama “9 1/2 weeks”. The film brought him enormous popularity.
Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger Photo Collection Christophel / East News
Return to boxing and the first plastic surgeries
The successes did not last long, however. For his roles in “Wild Orchid” and “Hours of Despair” Rourke was nominated for the Golden Raspberry, which is considered an anti-award for the worst films. Unexpectedly, he decided to return to boxing, with dire consequences. As a result of several fights he suffered many serious injuries – he had a broken nose many times, broken fingers and ribs, crushed cheekbones. It was the first time that he decided to save with plastic surgery, but the effect was not satisfactory.
Mickey Rourke Photo By John Barrett / PHOTOlink / Everett Collection
Quarrels on movie sets and drug addiction
From the mid-90s, a slow decline of the star can be observed, who rejected big roles in film productions, got into quarrels with directors and managers. He only played episodic roles. He also became addicted to drugs. Party lifestyle and stimulants caused Mickey Rourke to lose the beauty that was once his trademark.
Mickey Rourke Photo AF Archive / Graham Whitby Boot-
Depression and thoughts of suicide
Addicted to drugs and plastic surgery, the actor also struggled with depression. During the conference of the documentary “Eating Happiness”, Mickey Rourke admitted that he also had suicidal thoughts. Before his death, he was saved by a dog.
It was a very difficult time for me. I was hurt. I was locked up alone for days. I couldn’t take it and picked up the gun. I wondered which part of the head to put the gun on. Then my dog Beau Jack looked at me with that strange gaze saying, “Who’s going to take care of me?” I put the gun down, Mickey Rourke recalled.
Mickey Rourke Photo KAT / Splash News / East News
Back to the top – “Zapaśnik”
However, the actor fighting with demons managed to return to the professional top for a moment. All thanks to the main role in the movie “The Wrestler”. For his performance, he received a Golden Globe, an Oscar nomination and a number of other awards. The critics were delighted.
Mickey Rourke Photo KAT / Splash News
Anti-advertising for plastic surgery
Unfortunately, the professional success did not induce the actor to reflect more deeply on his life. Rourke is still eager to use a scalpel and is a living anti-advertising for plastic surgery. Pictures of the actor still appear in the media, in which he presents himself very unfavorably. Will it ever come out straight again?
Mickey Rourke Photo TRF Images / Splash News
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