Mickey Rourke has had it all, let it all slip, and then gotten it back again. His professional life came a full circle on Sunday January 11th when he won the Golden Globe award for best actor in a dramatic film for his portrayal of a faded sports star in “The Wrestler.” My earliest memory of Mickey Rourke is of him and Kim Basinger heating up the screen in 91/2 weeks. He looked good then, he even looked good in that Van Damme film where he plays a villain but those are pics from his pre-plastic surgery days.
For him to come out of such bodily abuse as the cosmetic surgery that pulled his face back so tight that even his sideburns were removed, the injuries of his boxing days, and his undeniable masochistic streak and deliver an Oscar-worthy performance in “The Wrestler” is the feat of a man who knows how to get up after getting his teeth knocked out.
Rourke wanted to be a baseball pro and later on his interests shifted to championship boxing. He won his first match at the age of 12 as a 118-pound bantamweight, that’s like 55 kg I guess. A 12-year old weighing that much!! The early 80′s were his salad days as an actor and he gave some of his critically acclaimed and bravura performances during that period. These include Body Heat, Diner, Rumble Fish, Year of the Dragon, and The Pope of Greenwich Village.