Mickey lost the Oscar. My heart is shattered. I hate the Academy. You can’t make up for not passing Prop 8 (like you should have) by giving Sean Penn the Oscar for Milk.
I just want to say to you all tonight I’m very grateful to be here. A lot of people told me that I’d never wrestle again and that’s all I do. You know, if you live hard and play hard and you burn the candle at both ends, you pay the price for it. You know in this life you can loose everything you love, everything that loves you. Now I don’t hear as good as I used to and I forget stuff and I aint as pretty as I used to be but god damn it I’m still standing here and I’m The Ram. As times goes by, as times goes by, they say “he’s washed up”, “he’s finished” , “he’s a loser”, “he’s all through”. You know what? The only one that’s going to tell me when I’m through doing my thing is you people here.
Best Movie Speech Ever. No wonder Mickey helped write it.
So Quad Cinema started playing some classic Mickey Rourke movies this month in honor of one of the greatest actors ever to grace the silver screen. So I decided, along with my friend, Caitlin, to go see the 5:30 show of The Pope of Greenwich Village. Let me tell you, it was a wise decision.
Rourke stars as Charlie, a guy whose girlfriend, Diane (played by a nubile Daryl Hannah) gets pregnant, while he is dealing with a divorce. His crazy wife keeps their son from him as well as racks up 2,000 dollars in parking tickets on his car. So when Charlie’s fuck up cousin, Paulie (scenery chewing Eric Roberts) comes up with a plot to see 150,000 dollars from a mob boss with his irish partner, Barney (Kenneth McMillian), Charlie is forced to go in on it with them, despite Diane’s objections. Needless to say, things go horribly awry and all must pay for their involvement.
I am always stunned by Mickey’s ability to emote on screen. When Paulie comes him *SPOILER* after his thumb was cut off, Rourke’s reaction as Charlie is astounding. As he watches Paulie fall apart, Rourke starts to cry, but a manly crying scene. Also, Rourke’s rage is full on display when he finds out he is betrayed when Paulie squeals on him. Trashcans go flying, people quake in fear, it is truly tour de force. Eric Roberts is also great in this movie, walking that fine line between truly becoming his character and straight out over acting. Plus, Daryl Hannah is smoking hot as Rourke’s dancer girlfriend. It’s a cool movie, none the less.
Ah, there is nothing better than watching a bootleg DVD of a famous Mickey Rourke movie. Continuing on my Mickey Rourke streak, I bought Barfly (1987), directed by Barbet Schroeder and written by the famous Charles Bukowski. This is one of the greatest movie about alcoholism I have ever seen. Rourke plays Henry Chinaski, a talented writer (much like Bukowski) who drinks in order to feel alive. Rourke is incredible, totally committing to the character with every slurring word and drunken stumble. The movie spans over a four day period, where Chinaski meets another drunk, Wanda (played to boozey perfection by Faye Dunaway), and the two seemingly have found their soul mates. However, it is unknown how long the two can hold their affair together since monogamy isn’t their strong point, especially while drinking.
Chinaski is given the opportunity to leave his drunk and poverty stricken lifestyle, because he is, in fact, a talented writer. When Tully (Alice Krige), the editor of a literary magazine offers her love and the chance to introduce him to society, Chinaski refuses and chooses to spend his days in a drunken haze, with the equally damaged Wanda, and writing the truth, which he wouldn’t be able to do if he was living in luxury.
Rourke is absolutely perfect in this movie as a drunk with unbelievable talent and intelligence. He consciously chooses this lifestyle because he feels it is more real and rewarding than using his skills to live as a rich author. Honestly, I believe this is Rourke at his most raw. He changes his speech pattern to embody the character of Henry, gained weight and sports a chipped front tooth to really lose his good looks. The fight scenes are very realistic, especially when Wanda smashes him on the back of the head.
This movie is a must see for all Rourke fans.
While researching Mickey Rourke for my upcoming paper for an NYU film conference, I have been seeking out every Rourke film I can get my hands in order to prove that he is the true practitioner for “Down and Out Cinema”.
In Michael Cimino’s remake of Desperate Hours, Rourke plays Michael Bosworth, a guy who bust out of prison and takes a family hostage so in order to wait for his true love, Nancy (played to nasty perfection by Kelly Lynch) to arrive. Oh, did I mention that Anthony Hopkins, Mimi Rodgers and Shawnee Smith are the family? AND that Elias Koteas and David Morse are in Rourke’s gang. Rourke is amazing in this movie, a unhinged mad man who lies as easily as he breathes. This movie is fucking awesome.
Again, the Rourke character helps bring about his own demise. When he has the chance to go free, he self destructs, seemingly waiting for the bitch Nancy to betray him, which costs his entire crew and himself their lives. Rourke plays such likable villains too. The best scene though is when he comes down to dinner, wearing Hopkins’ tuxedo. After being in jail for so long, Rourke’s crazy Bosworth character preaches proper manners stating, “A man is not a man unless he knows how to mix a proper martini and tie a proper bowtie”. While not the greatest movie in the world, it was really fun to see Rourke go toe to toe with Hopkins. There’s nothing I love better than a crazy, evil Rourke.
I recently watched Buffalo 66 starring Vincent Gallo (who wrote and directed the film), Christina Ricci, Angelica Huston, Ben Gazzara and of course, the wonderful Mickey Rourke in a two minute scene that steals the entire movie. This indie darling of the festival circuit of 1998 really charmed me by its complex and tortured lead character and the portrayal of one of the most fucked up families in movie history, all the while peppered with fantasy sequences. One involving Ricci tap dancing in a bowling ally.
Rourke is brilliant in the film naturally as The Booker who ruins Billy Brown’s (Gallo) life. I really dig Gallo’s style even though I know he is just a pretentious douchebag in real life. I’m definately going to watch his second film, Brown Bunny, now except I don’t really want to watch him get sucked off my beloved Chloe Sevigny.