MICKEY ROURKE | I THOUGHT TALENT WOULD TRANSCEND MY OUTSPOKENESS

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1983 — Mickey Rourke, Motorcycle Boy, Coppola’s “Rumble Fish”  – Image by © John Springer Collection/CORBIS


Mickey Rourke – the most raw, intense, riveting actor of the 1980s, who slowly self-destructed before our eyes.  He gained a reputation for having a chip on his shoulder, and through his pride and bravado burned a lot of bridges in the biz.  Rourke brashly looked down his nose at his peers, insisting that he wouldn’t sell-out – he was pure and uncompromising.  Back when Rourke was coming up on the heels of of heroes- De Niro, Pacino, Keitel, Walken – he was too young, too full of himself, and too foolish to know that at the end of the day, it’s a business before anything else – and politics reigns supreme.

Rourke then made few questionable film choices with 9 1/2 Weeks and Wild Orchid and suddenly he was no longer Hollywood’s prized young lion – he was branded sleazy Euro-trash.  Disillusioned with it all, Rourke walked away – choosing to fight the inner demons that had dogged him all his life in the boxing ring.  Ironically, it was in the ring again, that Rourke fought like hell for his esteem and redemption as “Randy the Ram”, a disfigured down-and-out wrestler – and came out on top.  Hollywood couldn’t have written a better comeback – in a seemingly hopeless situation, hope and hard work can get you through.

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1983 — Mickey Rourke, Motorcycle Boy in “Rumble Fish” — Image by © Sunset Boulevard/Corbis

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1983 — Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourke in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Rumble Fish”

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Survival of the Fittest, Not Necessarily the Strongest.

 

I got a note today from a designer friend that’s in the same boat as me– looking for the next gig.  Her words echo my sentiments exactly and are hard to improve upon–

how’s it going?

I’m still searching for “the needle in the haystack” while considering how to re-invent myself.

I think reinvention is the key thing, that and being able to take half the salary I had before,

these are new times and I’m not sure it’s just the strongest that will survive, maybe the most flexible?

the AIG thing makes me mad…..

A friend and I were discussing this movie (Network) the other day and how chillingly appropriate it is for now?

It’s not fashion, but…what is happening and when are we going to do something?

I’m thinking about the waste in our industry and what I can do with it.

me.