Mickey Rourke: Wrestling with Demons
This talented but troubled star who first came to fame in '80s hits like 9 1/2 Weeks and Angel Heart, spectacularly fell from grace in an orgy of self-destruction. As an actor, he gained a trouble-maker reputation, often fighting with producers, showing up late to sets and not learning lines, raising hell and turning down star-making lead roles. Rourke's acting career eventually became overshadowed by his personal life and career decisions.In 1991, Rourke decided to go back to his first love: boxing. During his boxing career, he suffered a number of injuries that resulted in a dramatic physical change. What was Rourke's problem? Mickey Rourke: Wrestling with Demons chronicles the star's extraordinary adventure through life, from his nightmare childhood, broken marriages, arrests, and brain damage to a suicidal visit to a New York Church, the death of his brother in his arms, and to his Academy award nomination for The Wrestler. Written with passion, insight and expertise by respected show business reporter Sandro Monetti, this is a very human and compelling story.
thoroughly entertaining tale of two cousins who steal a safe full of Mob money and get into big trouble with both the cops and the Mafia. The film was originally due to star acting greats Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, but Mickey and Roberts proved more than able replacements. Eric’s role was the wayward cousin Paulie, while Mickey starred as the smarter, more sophisticated cousin, Charlie Moran, and he spent $10,000 of his own money buying elegant clothes for his sharply dressed character to
Eckhart, to stay at his place for a few days. Despite the good cast and some interesting ideas, the film made no impact. Then it was violence all the way in Point Blank (1998) which sees a busload of dangerous criminals take over a Texas shopping mall and shoot every shopper, security guard, or cop who comes anywhere near them. Into this mayhem wades Mickey’s pumped-up character, Ruby Ray, who plans to rescue his escaped convict brother from the center of the carnage by going all Die Hard and
and has no plans to change that state of affairs. Mickey is also estranged from his mother, who now has Alzheimer’s disease and lives in a nursing home. He could never get over how Ann would turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to his complaints about the bad treatment he was receiving from her new husband. The star cut off communication with her for a long time after he first started making money in movies and she requested that he buys her a $150,000 house. They ceased talking for good after the
her the second she was born. Often seen dressed in a natty sweater, Loki, named after the Nordic god of mischief, was his frequent travel partner and was always at his side in the Sin City to The Wrestler–comeback years. Mickey was so reliant on the companionship of the dog he called “the love of my life” that he once spent £3,000 to have Loki flown to England to join him on the set of the movie Stormbreaker. He had to have her flown from New York to Paris, then Paris to London, and also to pay
According to court papers, officers found 1,450 bottles of steroids in his home, along with $70,000 in cash, and ledgers detailing his steroid dealing. Siegel attempted to flee after cops closed in on him, driving his Cadillac Escalade through a fence and smashing into five police cars while trying to escape the scene. His attorney, Barry Levin, would later describe it as a “road rage” incident. On 12 April 2010 the muscleman was given a sixty-three-month prison sentence by Judge Kenneth Karas –