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Career Review: Mickey Rourke

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Mark Kermode | 11:53 UK time, Friday, 19 December 2008

The gorgeous young star star of Diner and Rumblefish is a changed man in The Wrestler and 2009 is going to be his year.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Have heard good things about The Wrestler but I am not sure I would go and see it. Simply because I can't help but feel extemely sad whenever I see Mickey Rourke these days. The first time I ever saw him was when I watched Diner years ago. He was a real discovery, and I followed his career for years after that. Am glad to see he is doing some good work again now.

  • Comment number 2.

    I agree Angel Heart is Alan Parker's best film.

  • Comment number 3.

    I totally agree with mark and I also think Homeboy was excellent.
    Don't know if you actually read these Mark, but if you have time I would like to know what you think of Fellina and his work, especially Satyricon?

  • Comment number 4.

    Don't forget his small part in Animal Factory!

  • Comment number 5.

    I rather enjoyed his performance as a burnt out meth cook in the otherwise insufferable drug comedy "Spun"

    Talking about his face it's like he's playing out his role in "Johnny Handsome" in reverse.

  • Comment number 6.

    Having seen the Wrestler at the weekend, I can't recommend it enough - Rourke IS Randy the Ram. The film marks the tragic fall of a has-been 'action hero' and is also a fascinating glimpse of the close, matey Wrestling fraternity in the US.

  • Comment number 7.

    The first time I saw Mickey Rorke was in the movie based open the Antony Horowitz series of Alex Rider books, Stormbreaker. What I saw was an emotionless performance by Rourke. Also Robbie Coltrane acted as his childhood rival who became the prime- minister. But when Coltrane introduces Rourke as "Darius Smell... Sayle", the agony his performance becomes more apparent. At least as "broken down piece of meat who deserves to be alone", Randy The Ram, he is back on form.

  • Comment number 8.

    In Angel Heart Rourke out-performs De Niro! I first saw Rourke in Get Carter the abismal remake amid the furore that Stallone would star in Michael Caine's place in the lead role of the Get carter remake as well as in the place of Charles Bronson in a Death Wish remake!!! This is of course something no one wants. but Rourke acted the part quite well, and actually became a scene stealer in that film (not hard to do).
    I was astonished at Rourke's own gruff and caracature Lee Marvin/Charles Bronson-esque portrayal of Marv in Rodriguez' Sin City which is the best chapter of the film and even surpasses Bruce Willis's morally glorious anti-hero.
    In my opinion Rourke should have won the Oscar for The Wrestler! But I hope he chooses decent roles in the future. For some reason he stormed off the set of death Proof (apparently), which of course soemwould say he was right to do, although to Tarantino fans this is sacrilage - as the film would have been better with Rourke as Stuntman Mike. Plus Rourke is to star in Iron Man II and Stallone's ode to 1980s action-men The Expendables.



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