Special Sub-Topic: Mickey Rourke-The Good, Bad, & Ugly
|His life in the Hollywood limelight started in 1979 with a small part in a comedy that wasn't a big hit. It was directed by a man destined to become a big deal in his own way, with aliens and such. Which movie was Mickey in? |
1941. Mickey played Private Reese in '1941', a movie directed by Steven Spielberg. It was a small part but he got to meet some of the best of the time; John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, and Ned Beatty, just to name a few. The movie was a comedy about a California town that thought they were being invaded by Japanese. Some of the events in the movie were apparently based on real events.
Mickey was born in New York in 1952 and moved to Florida where he trained as a boxer. By 1972 he had a record of twenty wins, six defeats, and two concussions. Doctors told him to take a couple of years off from boxing.
|Mickey continued acting, but on the small screen, for the next few years. In 1981 he had another small but fiery part in a steamy movie. Can you guess which one?|
Body Heat. He played an arsonist in 'Body Heat'. He didn't have much screen time but again got the opportunity to rub elbows with some screen greats like Kathleen Turner, William Hurt, Richard Crenna, and Ted Danson.
Turner and Hurt were lovers and Turner wanted her husband dead so she convinced Hurt to murder him. He hired Rourke to cover the crime with a fire. Then the police started getting information and evidence that pointed them to Hurt. Who tried to get him convicted? Rent the movie!
|By 1986, the roles he chose and the way he chose to play them finally landed him a leading man part with Kim Basinger. What was the name of this erotic film?|
9 1/2 Weeks. The film was about an erotic, sadomasochistic relationship between Rourke's character and Basinger's character. It was not a commercial success in the U.S. but was very successful internationally and on video. There were two direct-to-video sequels made. Mickey reprised his role in one, but not the other and Kim wasn't in either sequel.
|'Angel Heart' was made in 1987. It was a mystery thriller that was very dark. Mickey played a New York private detective who was hired by Robert DeNiro to find a man who was injured in WW II. Mickey traveled to the south where he found his controversial costar. Who was the femme fatale in this movie?|
Lisa Bonet. There was controversy before the movie even premiered, because of Lisa Bonet's character and nudity, incest and a violent death. She was previously known for her role as Bill Cosby's daughter on 'The Cosby Show'. I guess there was too much change in her image, too quickly for some critics. Robert DeNiro turned out to be the devil and had orchestrated the activities of Rourke. The movie included cannibalism, incest, voodoo, repressed memories, etc.
|In 1990, Mickey made a movie with relatively unknown Carre Otis. Jacqueline Bisset and Bruce Greenwood were also in this movie. Much of the movie unfolded in Rio De Janeiro during wild and colorful Carnaval. What was the name of this movie?|
Wild Orchid. 'Wild Orchid' was so sexy that they were going to get an X rating (this was before there was NC-17) so some of the love scenes between Rourke and Otis were edited. Rourke's character thought Otis' character was uptight and he played mind games with her, to break down her defenses. In the meantime, she was breaking down years of walls that he had built up.
Rourke married Otis in 1992 and was arrested for spousal abuse in 1994. They divorced in 1998.
|Mickey made a buddy movie with Don Johnson in 1991. Don had just came off a very successful six year run on TV ('Miami Vice') and was quite comfortable being a buddy. What was the movie? |
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man. Two motorcycle riding, drinking buddies wanted to help a friend save his bar, so they plotted to steal money from the corrupt bank that was trying to foreclose on the bar. They accidentally stole drugs instead and things went down hill from there. It was a fun movie, but not a great one. Daniel Baldwin, Robert Ginty, Vanessa Williams and Tia Carrere were also in it.
|In 2003 Mickey took a small part in a movie directed by Robert Rodriguez, who liked action, monsters and Mexico, and included his friends in his movies whenever he could. What was the name of the movie?|
Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Twenty some roles after 'Harley Davidson' and twelve years later, Robert Rodriguez offered him a part in this movie that starred Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, and Johnny Depp. This was the third film of the 'Mariachi Trilogy'. The mariachi was Banderas, and oddly, he didn't really have a huge part in the third movie. There was a failed coup, Banderas saved the Mexican president, and he continued to search for the men responsible for his wife's murder.
Over the years, some directors claimed that working with Mickey was dangerous because he was unpredictable. Allegedly, he turned down the role of Eliot Ness in 'The Untouchables', Nick Nolte's part in '48 Hours', Chris Lambert's part in 'Highlander', and the part of Johnny Ringo in 'Tombstone', just to name a few.
|Mickey got back into mainstream films in 2005 with his role in 'Sin City'. The movie was based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller and was directed by Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, and Quentin Tarantino. What made this movie unusual? |
It was film noir, made to resemble a comic book.. The movie was a series of short stories, it was filmed with very few colors, made to resemble a comic book (graphic novel) and some characters were heavily made up to resemble the character they were playing.
Although Mickey received some awards for his part in 'Sin City', when a similar part was offered, he declined, stating he didn't like wearing all the makeup that was needed for the character and the film noir look.
|In 2009 a movie that seemed to have been written for or about Mickey was released with him as the star. Don't struggle too much, but can you think of the name?|
The Wrestler. 'The Wrestler' was about a has-been pro wrestler. Originally, Mickey didn't like the script, but with some concessions, he agreed to play Randy 'The Ram' Robinson. Rourke was nominated for a Oscar and a Golden Globe.
The movie was about a wrestler who was a pro in the 1980s. He had one comeback match, enjoyed the limelight again, and had a heart attack after the bout was over. He was scheduled for another match but warned by his doctor not to do it. He tried to start a relationship with a woman, repair a relationship with his daughter and do something other than wrestle. He screwed all that up and went back to wrestling. The film ended without letting the audience know what the outcome of the bout was.
Between 1991 and 2003 Mickey went back to his first love, boxing, where he sustained several injuries. He had plastic surgery to repair the injuries and admitted he made some bad choices in plastic surgeons. Unfortunately, his sensuality and rugged good looks, that made him so attractive years and years before, had been replaced by really rugged looks.
|2009 brought Mickey together with Kim Basinger again. Billy Bob Thornton and Winona Ryder were also in this movie. What movie was it? |
The Informers. This movie was based on a book by Bret Ellis, who also wrote 'American Psycho' and 'Less Than Zero'. It was a series of stories about people at the top and bottom of the heap in the 1980s. It was loaded with some great 1980's music.
Mickey credited Catholicism, psychiatry, and a love of animals for his good mental health. He has written a few scripts that have been made into movies. He was the music supervisor, as well as a writer and star of the movie 'Bullet', released in 1996. He has protested for and made public service announcements for PETA (animal rights organization). Mickey has credited his chihuahuas with keeping him alive when he was really down and out.
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