He was known for years as Hollywood’s bad boy but actor Mickey Rourke says he is not the “difficult and unprofessional” person people knew. Having bounced back after 14 years of unemployment with an Oscar nomination in 2009 for The Wrestler, the 59-year-old is now just trying to keep slip-ups at bay.
“I try not to make the mistakes I made a long time ago, as that’s part of what got me out of work. My career started in the 1980s, it was over in the 1990s, so I had 13-14 years to think about the mistakes I made, realising that it’s a political business and I can’t go around telling everybody f*** you,” says the actor, who came back to mainstream flicks with Sin City in 2005.
He adds, “I thought everybody was going to be like Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Harvey Keitel and (Robert) DeNiro. I didn’t know there was going to be so much grey, so much mediocrity,” adds the former boxer, whose latest stint has been that of an evil Greek King Hyperion, in Tarsem Singh’s 3D action movie, Immortals, that released here on Friday.
More about Mickey...
Full name: Philip Andre Rourke, Jr.
Debut: 1941 (1979)
Known for: Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Angel Heart, Iron Man 2, The Wrestler
Latest flick: Immortals
Future projects: The Courier, Java Heat, The Beautiful Game
Partner: Anastassija Makarenko