January 27, 2009

Mickey Rourke: Grappling with his past and winning out in 'The Wrestler'

Posted: 05:47 AM ET

By Steven Rea
The Philadelphia Inquirer

TORONTO - For a few days at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, where Mickey Rourke’s “The Wrestler” stunned audiences and started a bidding war, the onetime pretty boy/movie tough guy could be seen shambling around swanky Yorkville, his 17-year-old miniature Chihuahua, Loki, snuggled in his arms.

There Rourke was, all 52 bruised and battered years of him, his mop of hair streaked blond, his face puffy and battle-scarred from his storied stretch (‘91-’95) on the pro boxing circuit. Open collar, pinstripe suit, fancy shoes — the guy who used to sell as many postcards as James Dean and Marilyn Monroe in European souvenir stalls, taking the noon air with his pooch and his personal assistant/cook/friend and fellow Chihuahua owner, J.P., in tow.

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anita nail   January 27th, 2009 12:20 pm ET

mickey is a great actor, great to see him back

joanne from Sudbury ontario canada   January 27th, 2009 2:38 pm ET

Mickey you are the true epitomy of "INSPIRATION".. You also bring new meaning to the words Come Back King..I wish you all the best in the future which indeed you have a bright one...God Bless!

Dan B   January 27th, 2009 2:52 pm ET

You have been one of my favorite actors. Really enjoyed your movies. Great to see you back.

Lou - Miami, FL   January 27th, 2009 3:13 pm ET

Stay on the right track Mickey. Take this page in your life, forward it into the following chapter – call it The Happy Years – and make it last a long, long time.

msm22   January 27th, 2009 4:36 pm ET

"Johnny Handsome" "9 1/2 Weeks" "WhiteSands" Rourke is outstanding! I rank him with Hopper, & Walken, bad boys that never, in my opinion, get the critical acclaim they all truly DESERVE!

atsegga   January 27th, 2009 6:10 pm ET

The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$550 billion: U.S. Defense budget

Survivor from the 60's   January 27th, 2009 6:54 pm ET

Chihuahuas are inspirational – they are tiny and act tough but are total "lovers at heart"! Sometimes you wonder where stars of movies have gone – we get busy with our lives – and suddenly one of the movie stars of your past comes back and your remember....and smile..glad to see Mickey back – plan to see this movie!

Jan   January 27th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Mickey never really got the credit his talent deserves. It good to see it finally coming around his way.

john- massapequa, ny   January 27th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

I knew Mickey had the stuff to be a legend when I saw him in "Body Heat". Tiny scene, unforgettable.

Linda   January 27th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Love you Mickey

I was so glad to see your outstanding comeback movie. You have always been a favorite of mind. I know you have been getting small bit parts over the years but I was so exicited when the Westler came out and the great reviews from the begining I raced to the movie to see it.
You have always been a great actor and now its great people are seeing what true talent you have

Scott Carlson   January 27th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Mickey has been a top performer in whatever he chooses to do.
Year Of The Dragon was a great epic, and his portrayal of writer Bukowski in Barfly was amazing. Thru his boxing and his eclectic body of work including his "minute" as an arsonist in Body Heat...Mickey has tapped into what made all the great ones great.
I applaud him and his brilliant turn as a wrestler.....
Im looking forward to more projects from this talented man!

Linda Lou - Colorado Springs   January 27th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I just want to say "it's great to see you again"!, I've missed you.
Wishing you blessings in abundance.
Linda Lou

carola   January 27th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Mickey Roureke,,,,
I am soooo glad to see you back in the spot light.
you belong here and I want you to know.... THERE ARE TONS OF TRUE FANS OUT HERE!!!!
It is soo good to have you back.

Brooke   January 27th, 2009 9:45 pm ET're awesome. I'm so happy for you. I am an actor so I watched The Wrestler from an acting stand point. Your work was truthful and moving and you deserve the nomination you got. Good for you! Keep on doing your thing 🙂

JP   January 27th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Mickey! your the greatest! your movies have always been rad

Cristina Sahlman   January 27th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I loved the movie and I think Mickey is unbeliable actor.

Incredible movie

David Donlan   January 27th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Mickey knoked out Frank Stallone in "Barlfy" and Sly Stallone in "Get Carter." Who is better than that?!

Vanessa   January 27th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I didn't want to go see this movie, but my boyfriend assured me it would be worth it. As a writer and an English teacher, I can say that the character devlopment and the heart wrenching beauty of the people within the film are credits to both Mickey Rourke and Arronofsky, and if Mickey Rourke doesn't win, it would be just another Oscar let down. The taped jacket still tortures me.

Suzanne   January 27th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

What an awesome performance in The Wrestler! Congratulation on the Golden Globe. It is so deserved! Your performance was brilliant!!

carola   January 27th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

sorry ... mickey rourke...
true fan.. cant spell ... lol

Susan MacLean   January 27th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Dear Mickey
It's good to see you, ya handsome dog!

Bilinda Gregory   January 27th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

9 1/2 Weeks is Mickey's sexiest movie in my opinion. Thank you, Mickey, for staying in the biz. I love your looks- then and now! Your voice is still a turn-on!

Linda   January 27th, 2009 9:47 pm ET


Do you have any new offers/movies in the works?

tammy   January 27th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Mickey Rourke is still a cool and handsome, suave man. Kudos to his "comeback". I never really looked at him as "gone." He is a great actor who deserves to be recognized.

Annmarie   January 27th, 2009 9:47 pm ET


valerie ballinger   January 27th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I have missed Mickey so bad!I think you are a top knotch actor!Don't stop here with energy you give out in your films,give us MORE!!!

Kevin   January 27th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I wonder what Mickey's impression was of the Independent guy's. Necro Butcher, and the boys at CZW, wXw and especially the guys at RoH {Ring of Honor}. All this WWE talk feels strange considering it's about the Independent Wrestling scene, starring Independent Wrestlers.

linda   January 27th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

mickey rourke i luv u
ur movie 9 1/2 weeks still turns me on
and it was the gr8est movie ever
and ur still the sexiest man i no
and im 54 now

it always takes a gr8 actor 2 put himself down

u were always so real n ur parts u didnt just play the parts u were the part

9 1/2 2 ya bby

Ted Anderson   January 27th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Great to see Mickey Rourke back on top!! Great movie! it should have been nominated for Best Picture. Congrats Mickey!!

West NY, NJ

lilah josh   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Please tell Mickey that this 67-year old woman fell in love with him when he played in Body Heat , fell further when he played in 91/2 weeks, and am so very happy he's back. Many of us have been to hell and back–go Mickey!

Tom Martinez   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Mickey is a true artist and it's good to see him making this comeback. It's gotta feel good to be able to produce such an admirable body of work. Whatever he's gone through personally is no doubt part of the edge he occupies on the screen.

gayle   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Mickey you look great!!!!! Very Handsome!!!!! Can't wait to see your new movie!!!!! Best wishes!!!

Jason   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

If they ever make Frank Miller's Dark Knight I think Mickey should play Batman. I don't see anybody else doing it justice. After all you killed it in Sin City another Miller masterpiece.

Diane   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I saw "The Wrestler" this past weekend. Great movie, great performances by Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei. I've always been a big fan of Mickey's – I'm so glad to see him back in films and getting the recognition he so deserves!

Please stay "in the game", Mickey!

darlene wallace   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Why do you think Year of the Dragon didn't do well at the box office? I saw it about 7 times and it is one of my favorites.

John   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

You and Marissa Tomai (sp?) were in great shape. How did you pump up.
and welcome back!

Annmarie   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

mickey, you are amazing, I was watching 9 1/2 weeks the other night, and i will be cheering for you on oscar night. You finally are getting what you deserve.

Hilary   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

it is so great to see you. Congrats!!!
My question: When feeling all the emotions for this movie,
did it help in healing?
Love you,

jeff michlin   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

for Mickey Rourke,
Weren't you in the movie Angel Heart?

Scott   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Its nice to see someone who is just like me make it again. Im still down here, but, when I see it can be done, its like a magician doing the "daring daylight escape". God bless ya, Mickey. You're STILL an inspiration.

susan e gray   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

good for mickey, i hope he wins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gemuller   January 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

hi mickey
Always said you were the best, remember the Hoboken days with Mike M and the guys, cheers man!! Pretty simple the Pope & Wild Orchid, lets ride again dude....

miss ya


Barbara   January 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Mickey, we aren't all blessed to have a "comeback". You earned it. Now, don't screw it up. You have a gift.

Tana D'Amico   January 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I met Mickey Rourke here in Toronto last year. In the Wrestler...he's not acting...thats him. He's as real as they get. He should win an Oscar for his candidness, something rarely found in holllywood.
We love you Mickey!!!

Ben   January 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Mickey rourke is an outstanding actor. Congratulations on the Golden Globe.

Kathy B - Maryville TN   January 27th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Mickey – I am glad to see you make a great come back and will plan on seeing this movie this coming weekend. Enjoy every compliment and every award you receive. Best wishes.

Terry Lopez   January 27th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

When you've got it, you've got it, and Mickey Rourke will always have "it." What a talented, interesting guy and I'm so glad he's back to entertain us with his magnetic performances.

Sheila Lerner   January 27th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Mickey – I think you are one of the best actors "ever" – you are passionate and it shows in everything you do – your face in the Wrestler shows great character. Great soul and character in real life I am sure.

patrick price   January 27th, 2009 9:51 pm ET


Nick   January 27th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Why does everybody call it a comeback? He was amazing in Sin City and just as good in Domino. He plays probably the greatest perpetual tough guy ever. Keep up the good work Mr. Rourke

Scott   January 27th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I've been a fan since before Rumblefish... I've been waiting for this comeback a long time, Mickey and it's nice to see Hollywood play catch up.

Cliff in Austin   January 27th, 2009 9:52 pm ET


Been with you in Spirit up and down Brother.

Good to see you you up!

It's the Great Cycle of Man, Man Get's Up, man get's slapped down, MAN Get's up again!

Life's a G-Damn Trip...

I will be UP again too!

I am not a guy for autographs BUT I would be pleased to share a beer with you... In Texas?

Love Ya Man!

Cliff Edwards in Austin Texas

gena ellis   January 27th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

You know you are watching a great film and a great performance when it doesn't feel like a movie.. I'm an indie screenwriter (and Mickey is the kind of actor I'd like to have in my films). My indie film screened at the Paramount at the Garden State Film Fest, so very wild to see it in this film also. And I saw The Boss there also. This is definitely an authentic film all the way around. Best film of the year!

carola   January 27th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

chris jericho.... hush up.... what a loser you are....

Agnes Dembowski   January 27th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Great actors like Mickey Rourke never go away. They always rise up again. I absolutely love this film. It is so much more than a wrestling film. This is about human nature. Only Mickey could have done this role in my opinion. Congratulations.

budyluv2   January 27th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Larry Don't allow guest to curse as Rourke did. Classless.

Eddie Mata   January 27th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I love Mickey Rourke..i met him at the golden globes and the sag awards..hes an awesome guy..yeah he made mistakes in the did robert downey jr...when i met him, we talked baseball because he loves to hit baseballs..people dont know that he played high school baseball under coach skip bertman in miami..skip won national titles with LSU.

Brian   January 27th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Congratulations Mickey. Not many people in this life, get a "Do-Over". If anyone deserves it, we all know you do. At least now you're older and wiser, take the opportunity that's now in front of you and best of luck in your career.My favorite is Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man...".

Tully   January 27th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Pleased to have Mickey back... Rumble Fish Like you, I can do anything ...just never found what I wanted to do! Glad you came back to your expertise! Gives me hope.....................

Jason Kennedy   January 27th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

HAHA this actor got told...

Jerry   January 27th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Mickey Rourke's flim "The Wrestler" was frightfully honest, scary in the reality of what happen's to someone in the limelight and most of all brutally sad. I felt sick watching this film in what felt like an old 8 mm movie. It was unsettling to see teh fall and the desperation of a human being. It was offensive to me to watch this movie......It did hit my heart though...........I guess that was his intent.

I am very happy Mickey is getting the attention .......I pray he heeds his demons and enjoys what his fan feel for him. I am a fan and I want to see his life do well.......

Tina   January 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Good lord, HOW RUDE! I tuned in to listen to Mickey Rourke, NOT to hear what people are blogging about Blogojevich. Very insulting to Mr. Rourke to have to sit thru that. And now to have the interview take this downturn, with some loud-mouth making a sideshow of it, is truly disgusting. Have some respect for your guest, Mr. King-and would you PLEASE stop interrupting?!!

Cristina Sahlman   January 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Who is this clown? Chris.

valerie ballinger   January 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I wish Mickey would beat the snot out of Jericko's booty, but I think he handled his dumb comments very well!

Beth   January 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Chris Jericho was completely out of line and forgot that he was not putting on a show, he really needs to chill, Mr. Rourke showed class. Chris Jericho obviously is so insecure that he could not see the joke, in what Mickey Rourke said on the red carpet. Larry you let it go too long and allowed Mickey to come on your show and get blindsided. C'mon Larry you can do better.

Jolene   January 27th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Mickey is awesome – congratulations on a wonderful performance! Chris Jericho should be mortified by his behavior and words – grow up, big man!

Kathy F.   January 27th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Love Mickey – Have been a huge fan since 9 1/2 weeks. Mickey, thank you for loving your animals. Best wishes to you always

James from Scottsdale   January 27th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Hang in there Micky,

That wrestler on the show (already forgot his name) is a complete tool. Take more roids loser.

I'm proud of you Mickey. Keep it up!

damiano   January 27th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Chris Jeriho ,
all i need to see is the way he carried himself towards mickey rourke. "low rent Chris" you are a person whom trains everyday to wrestle,mickey merely is an actor looking from the outside in.he did a great job in the movie.Respect that Chris,also chris admit it like you wrestlers dont "act "out your events.if yA DIDNTTriple H would be champ forever!!!

Julia   January 27th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

For me, Chris Jericho was an embarrassment. I appreciate that Mr. Rourke took the high road in not addressing this "youngster's" challenge to "rumble" – – how juvenile! Grow up.

Christine   January 27th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

What grace and humility Mickey has. The other guy who is the "real" professional wrestler is an absolute disgrace to his profession. To come on national television and be as disrespectful as he was and to pick a fight shows a real lack of class and has a low lifer attitude. He doesn't deserve to come back on your show. But as for Mickey....he is a real class act! You go don't have to fight already won!

Robin   January 27th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Mickey you are the best!! You really are a class act taking the high road with Jerico. Keep on keeping on!!!!!!

Michelle   January 27th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Who is Chris Jericho? Was this guy for real? I was embarrassed for him – a prime example of why wrestling is so unappealing to some people. I think he (Chris Jericho) needs to get over himself, Mickey has got it all over him in the acting department!

Ahmed Masud   January 27th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I think Mr. Mickey Rourke just won his match with Chris...Chris Jericho just acted in a very shallow way if he actually meant what he said.

All the best with your present and your future, may road always rise up to meet you Mickey.

sylvia young   January 27th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Thouroughly enjoying the interview with Mickey Rourke!!!!!!!!!!!

What a story and especially when Mickey was conversing with
Chris Jericho! What a fine example in handling Jericho's comments!

He was so wonderful not challenging him! I will never forget this great interview with Mickey..great job to you both!

an interested fan

Julie   January 27th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Chris Jericho...someone knows all your secrets!! lol Chris's responses were from one who feels "threatened"....Mickey showed class and go guy!!! Can't wait to see more of you in the future....!!!

carola   January 27th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

please pass on all the love to mickey!!!
he is simply GREAT !!!!

PDR   January 27th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Tina - I agree. I was really bothered by the interruptions, and I also felt Rourke deserved to be treated with greater care. Almost shocking to interrupt his interview with the Blogjevich drivel. Way too many interruptions (commercials) tonight! Rourke is terrific. He seems very dedicated to his craft.

Lisa Mayo   January 27th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

I am just shocked by the degree of Chris Minnesota's ( Indonesia's, or whatever his silly name is!) hostility toward Mr. Rourke. I simply feel sorry for him because he equates what he does as Mr. Bully for hire to the inspired and inspiring work Rourke has done for that incites oohs and aaaahs from educated and erudite viewers. Jericho is just young, full of steroids, and way, way too cocky!! Boo, hiss, Jericho. I do hope Rourke completely ignored the oooooh, so frightening scowl and attempt to so dramatically up Jericho's standing with his backwoods followers. What a joke, Jericho! You sure as h–l aren't in Rourke's league and never, EVER will be!! Maybe you should tune in for the show on cranial trauma to (dare I type this?) "athletes."

Suzanne   January 27th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Chris Jericho just made a fool of himself on live tv. Mickey Rourke did take the "high road"...he stood up on the stage at the Golden Globes. Chris fell down on tonight's show!!

RJ   January 27th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Who was that loser wrestler who got all testosterone on Mickey Rourke?

Lauren   January 27th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Mr. Rourke –you handled yourself with class and dignity throughout the program and reminded many of us in the audience why we've enjoyed your films throughout the years-because you bring a raw, human, humbleness to your on-screen work. The Chris Jericho incident was an unfortunate blip during the show and certainly no reflection on you. He embarrassed himself with his back-alley braggadocio and ridiculous taunts–he could take a lesson in professionalism from you. Good luck with the rest of the award season!

Debbie   January 27th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Well done Mickey Rourke on "taking the high road" during the exchange with Chris Jericho. In my opinion Chris Jericho made himself look very foolish and you handled yourself very well. Congratulations on your comeback and wishing you all the best for the Oscars.

jennifer   January 27th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Mickey has made a very gracious comeback and I am glad to see him again. I loved 9 1/2 Weeks and Wild Orchid. He had that James Dean thing going for him.

I thought Jericho was rediculous. What a meathead. He came off as a bully driven by a lack of self-confidence. Give me a break. He can't possibly think he's going to win fans by beating up Mickey. Exactly what point is he trying to prove? Maybe he has an inferiority complex to Mickey:)

Ashlee   January 27th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

I am so disappointed that the focus turned away from Mickey Rourke. Why was Chris Jericho invited to participate? This was supposed to be a celebration of Mickey's comeback. How disrespectful, Larry. And get rid of "Blog Boy," please! The Wrestler is an amazing movie. Can't wait to see Mickey win the Oscar!

jason   January 27th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

one more hit to jericho , dude nice face some one in miami or new york find this guy and punch him in the face and make the world a better place. love you mickey.

Elayne   January 27th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Jerico did not do himself any justice.....In my opinion he acted cocky! Rourke is the better man !!!!

Nancy   January 27th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

What a great comeback story. And what a great actor too. And Mickey please don't pay any attention to that wrestler. I have never even heard of him. You are a famous and a gifted actor. Good luck with all your future endeavors and please don't even consider "fighting" that guy. You've got much better things to do with your time. Take care, Mickey.

Sally   January 27th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Oh my stars! I laughed so hard at the commentary between Mickey Rourke and who ever the 'wrestler' was. Was this Larry King Live or Saturday Night Live?? I appreciate the angle of each, but come on, I have much respect for the actors and very little for those WWF 'who is'. Please do not share this, or I will have to get protection against the WWF. Good thing I live next door to the sheriff.

Larry – thank you for the entertainment. I watch you every night and would call my dad the next day to talk about your show, I miss that.. I lost him in November, but I'm sure he was laughing with me at the interview tonight. (nothing against you.)

Take care

Jo Jo Dance   January 27th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Rouke has class–thought Chris had it too. Good for you Mickey–Chris–you still have a lot to learn about respect, something Mickey tried very hard to express to you and your profession. Actor verses pro-wrestler–I wouldn't pay to see that, Chris, if that's what you were aiming for. Rouke's been beat down enough–so enough already! Grow up–please!!!!

Franco Guidi   January 27th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Mickey. Welcome back. I think your a great actor and look forward to your future films. You handled that young wrestler well by taking the high road. Larry is a pimp. He tried to provoke a challenge and you didn't let him get away with it. Thank you, from a 70 year old fan. P.S. I am willing to bet that CNN will not let this comment be posted. I would hope that they would send this fan comment to you directly.

Nona   January 27th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Who was that clown, Jericho, or whatever? Anyway, love you Mickey, always did. No woman of my generation will ever forget 91/2 weeks.
I hear that your next project is a remake of 13 Tzameti? That's fantastic. I can't wait the movie to come out. The original was breathtaking without Mickey in it. Can you all imagine what it's going to be with Mickey?
Wish you all the best.

jerry   January 27th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Chris jericho just tanked. What an egotistical blow hard. I'm glad Mickey didn't stoop to his phony level. Mickey is an inspiration and a gentleman. jericho is a loser.

ann shaverdian   January 27th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

To Mikey Rorke,

It's not how we start, but how we end....
Good luck with your new ending.

Sherri   January 27th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Mickey seems to wear his damaged soul in his roles and in 'REAL LIFE" and makes him so interesting as an actor and as a person. I have always found him to be appealing and irresistable.

Whats the deal with Chris Jericho???? Is he like the biggest idiot for acting the way he did??? I dont know what was said, but his response was "out of line" in my opinion.

Love You always Mickey!!!!!
Sherri-Pittsburgh PA

Jai Juhi   January 27th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

Mickey Rourke is awesome!

ice man   January 27th, 2009 10:35 pm ET

Great movie, it does have a dark side to it. I moust sure that it hit home for you making the movie. I was watching your interview with Larry King and I could tell that in some of your facial impressions that some of the scenes of the movie made you a bit touchy. Nothing wrong with that, actually it is great cause it comes from your heart. Sorrt of like when a singer composes his own music, it comes from the heart, not like some pop star that sings whatever gets thrown his way.

Darryl Lerian   January 27th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

Dear Mr.King I feel that president obama has a unique oppurtunity to call upon all world leaders to cooperate, in an economic summit . The timing of this event should be now, because we must work together with china, russia, india, saudi arabia, africa, and all other nations. This summit lead by the USA will bring much needed attentention for cooperation to all countries to prosper together and put aside are differences and to be one. Because Obama is new on the world scene , he has a golden oppurtunity for this important event to take place. Please help us to get this message to president Obama, this message is marked urgent.

LindaMarie   January 27th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

Mickey Your acting is awesome. you are the real thing and I was blown away ...put on your best dudds for Oscar night and prepare your acceptance's your night baby!!!!

Linda   January 27th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

Can't wait to see the movie! I'm so happy for you to have found peace. Glad to hear that you're a dog lover...they make the most loyal of friends...Take care!

Randi V   January 28th, 2009 12:05 am ET

It was so great to see Mickey and hear some of his story. His honesty was refreshing. I was disgusted with how his interview was twice interupted to hear blogs on Blagojevich, and Chris Jericho's comments were completely out of line! I could not believe what I was hearing. Does Mickey really care if Chris Jericho (respects) him. I watch Larry King every night but tonight, I was offended by how Mickey Roarke was treated. Mickey showed real class tonight. keep the movies coming Mickey!

Darrell   January 28th, 2009 12:19 am ET

Mickey is the bomb in this movie, hands down. Mesmerizing.

Fellow Bloggers, mr. real life wrestler "what's his name" , seems to be doing what he did for press exposure. An opportunistic quest for attention? Would you have remembered his name if he came on Larry King and praised Mickey R? Yawn and ignore.

mary Daniels   January 28th, 2009 12:46 am ET

The wrestler is a great movie. The part that touched me is that we all
"used to be something". This is a coming of age movie, the age being over 55.
Thank you Micky for a brave honest performance.

kristine   January 28th, 2009 12:46 am ET

you are and have always been an extremely gifted actor. congrats you deserve it.

Harold Willis   January 28th, 2009 12:49 am ET

I think it's great that Mickey was given another chance he really deserved it and he showed his true colors. Congratulations Mickey you did it.

Greg   January 28th, 2009 12:53 am ET

Mickey Rourke is a great actor, but this talk of a match is ridiculous.

Rourke is a faker by profession. Chris Jericho is also a faker, but a least he does it every day.

lori   January 28th, 2009 12:54 am ET

Mickey, very cool. I love how humble you are. So what, it's called a comeback, but you are amazing. I love it.

Vern Elliott   January 28th, 2009 12:55 am ET

Just caught the tail end of Mickey and the confrontational discussion with a wwf wrestler. Mickey "took the high road" and displayed class while the other.......took the "low" road.

Way to go Mickey!

Vern Elliott   January 28th, 2009 12:56 am ET

What is Mickey's contact mail.
Would like to send him my congratulations.

sharel   January 28th, 2009 12:57 am ET

Way to take the high road Mickey. What a jerk you had to deal with on national television. You handle him beautifully! All the best.

d   January 28th, 2009 12:57 am ET

leave him alone. he has talent. you should respect him.

Vivienne Lim   January 28th, 2009 12:59 am ET

Please tell Mickey that I ABSOLUTELY LOVED HIS TENDER HEART WHEN HE THANKED HIS DOGS AS HE WON THE GOLDEN GLOBE FOR BEST ACTOR! Why are people embarrassed to acknowledge the amazing love animals... our pets bring in our lives. God created such wonderful creatures whom we share our planet and our experience in life. They deserve our love, respect and thanks for enriching our lives with beauty and love. I so appreciate Mickey's honest heart. That completely changed my view of him.

ed ,vancouver canada   January 28th, 2009 12:59 am ET

dude. right on.

Capt Fred   January 28th, 2009 1:01 am ET

I enjoyed the interview with Mr. Rourke. I think Chris Jericho was out of line. He's just trying to make a name for himself on the back of Mr. Rourke's success. Larry, let it go.

In order to age myself I loved Johnny Handsome. Good luck in your future endeavors. Love the dogs but I'm a Maine Coon Cat fellow myself.


lisa   January 28th, 2009 1:06 am ET

Way to take the high road're a pro. And what's Jericho even doing in a split screen with Rourke....he's a meathead. Keep the peace Mickey...

Michele   January 28th, 2009 1:09 am ET

Best wishes to Mickey, I hope he wins the Oscar!

Chris Jericho, disgusting! Get over yourself already.

AimeeJ   January 28th, 2009 1:12 am ET

For the love of god – can somebody post the video of this interview? It's the best story I've seen on CNN in weeks!

Jill Eysoldt   January 28th, 2009 1:15 am ET

Micky Rourke was the epitome of class this evening
Chris Jericho was the epitome of a an _________!

steve   January 28th, 2009 1:29 am ET

I love all of these comments about "who was that other guy?"

Chris who?

Micky you are the WINNER & NEW CHAMP!

megan   January 28th, 2009 1:33 am ET

Mickey You should get in touch with me I have a really funny story to share with you. It's about when you use to go to Heartbreak and China Club. Anyway... I'm really happy to see you doing so well.

Scott   January 28th, 2009 1:39 am ET

I am an old friend of Mickey's from our younger days in Miami.Beach. I used to run into him once in a while here in L.A. when he was kind of down and out., his words not mine. In the interview with Larry, I can see how Mickey now seems to understand how to handle his comeback, as everyone wants to call it, with a touch of class. It is great to see him have the opportunity to win the Oscar. I wish him the best. Congratulations on the performance of you life!!!!

Bob R.   January 28th, 2009 2:35 am ET

Mickey you are the very best......your performance in "The Wresler" was fantastic! Please consider writing a book or making a movie on your life, There is alot of us like you out there like you and it would really do us some good. We love you Mickey.....please don"t disappear on us again.

Mike   January 28th, 2009 3:30 am ET

Chris, Who the f— are you to be running your mouth like that. You are a joke. Oooh big man. I think somebody needs to remind you that if you really were a bad ass you’d be in an MMA match. That’s actually a pretty good idea, I think. Let’s see how bad you are in the octigon. You have no room to be talking out the side of your neck like that. I hope your own people at WWE saw this episode of larry king and hold you to account. YOU are a PUNK!

Mickey, you rock! Congrats on everything.

Deborah Murphy   January 28th, 2009 3:58 am ET

Just watched the exchange with "Wrestlemania Headliner" , Mr. Rourke, kudos to you! Your responses were articulate, respectful and above reproach. Hang in there, you are a success!!!

raechel packard   January 28th, 2009 4:15 am ET

I don't think you should take that "Jericho" guys challenges seriously. After all he is merely an actor in a physical world. He simply is challenging you in an episode to a remake of 'the stunt man'. You, my dear are and Actor. One who can, and does, cross the boundaries. One can only hope to come across your performances to be so lucky to witness your, as "jericho" put it, emaculate performance!
Best wishes & cheers!

monica   January 28th, 2009 5:08 am ET

Mickey, you are a very gifted actor and on your way back up always remember this. I see your humbleness at being given a second chance to be on the top and it is touching. Please do yourself a favor and ignore any negative comments,negative press and critics, just keep doing what you do so well- acting!! PS Your still a very handsome man!!!!

Michael Vind-Knudsen   January 28th, 2009 5:56 am ET

All the best Mr. Rourke. Fantastic come-back!

That Chris Jericho has to be one of the most pathetic guys i've ever seen. Im suspecting seriously low self esteem.

angwafor harrison   January 28th, 2009 6:03 am ET

i am writing from Cameroon.i do not think Mickey Rourke will bring any extra entertainment in the WWE industry. MIKE!! you better saty home or continue with the movies

gma   January 28th, 2009 11:20 am ET

Mickey, I am so proud of you for not "taking the bait" tossed out by Chris Jerico! He'd like nothing better than to see you fall, unlike your true fans who wish you well. As aother fan stated on this blog;, "Mickey, we aren’t all blessed to have a “comeback”. You earned it. Now, don’t screw it up. You have a gift!".

Randy in Pa   January 28th, 2009 1:12 pm ET

You Rock Mickey! Its to bad Mr Testoserone had to be on the show,and to pick at someone who is older!I bet if they were the same age we would have never seen Jericho last night.He would have known to keep his piehole shut!!!

Laila in SoCal   January 28th, 2009 1:23 pm ET

I am angry that Larry King put that STUPID Chris Jerico on, IT RUINED THE SHOW, RUINED IT, made me change the channel. I was so looking forward to hear Mickey's story and Chris Jerico would not stop, kept repeating himself.
GIVE MICKEY HIS MOMENT, he deserves it. I will watch him pretend to be a wrester any day over the "real" ones. NEVER will I watch WWF or anything involving Chris Jerico, what an embrassement.

roberto Kocchiu   January 28th, 2009 1:48 pm ET

Who the hell believe he is ? I am talking about Chris Jericho, what an arrogant young man, I hoped he was just acting for to get and give some publicity, but sadly it seem he is really so, just an arrogant, damm, ignorant young man. Way to go Mickey !

Edie   January 28th, 2009 1:58 pm ET


Just reading all these fabulous comments is clearly a testament to your acting career and the love your fans have for you.

Jericho did not steal your thunder, He appeared agitated and annoyed, ready to pick a fight. You remained calm under fire, dignified and humble. When you called him "son" at the closing, you nailed him without question. Kudos!

"Meeting You" is on my "Life Wishes List" and I hope it comes true.
I vounteer to be President of your Fan Club...really. We would have a huge chapter from the people on this site alone.

LIve Life Love- Edie (NJ)/NY)

jackie   January 28th, 2009 2:49 pm ET

I have also liked and thought Mr. Rourke was/is a great actor and so glad to see that he is back. I saw him along with Chirs Jericho. I don't watch a lot of wrestling, but I do with my grandson on occasion. Chris Jericho was very cocky and arrogant, and as far as I am concern – he is not the best at what he tries to do. After watching him – I hope that none of the other wrestlers has his disrespectful attitude and Mr. Rourke reflected that he was a man in this situation and not some boy trying to act bad.

Val   January 28th, 2009 3:41 pm ET

Mr. Rourke my husband and I just saw the movie The Wrestler. We both give you a standing ovation for your work in this film. Your performance is oscar worthy. We will be cheering for you to win in February. Unfortunately, we just saw the interview last night when Chris Jericho was on. I could not believe his attitude. Mr. Rourke you graciously apologized to him more than once. I don't have respect for anyone who can not graciously except an apology when it is humbly given. I don't know who this Chris Jericho is but he was rude and lacking dignity. It was rather embarrassing to listen to him while you were trying to take the higher road as you put it.

Mr. Rourke it is nice to see that you showed maturity and a calm presence when this individual was trying to back you into a corner with his arrogant attitude.

We look forward to seeing you at the Oscars and walking away with the Best Actor award.

Steve641   January 28th, 2009 3:55 pm ET

I think that pro wrestler was droped on his head one to may times. There not wrestlers there entertainers running into each other in a ring. Mick handle it just right took the high road and just smiled.

Wendy   January 28th, 2009 4:28 pm ET

Chris Jericho ought to take a page out of Mickey Rouke's book, and learn a little humility.

Laura L   January 28th, 2009 4:54 pm ET

Mickey Rourke did a great job handling Chris Jericho's antagonistic remarks and attitude. Staying humble and taking the high road, make you a better person. I'm so glad to see Mickey on such a good path.

Laurie   January 28th, 2009 5:02 pm ET

Agree with all the comments about Chris Jericho- he acted like a fool.

Mickey Rourke was a gentleman and took the high road. Shame on this fool for being so disrespectful.

Welcome back, Mickey!!

Treva   January 28th, 2009 5:02 pm ET

Mickey–you demonstrated how far you have come in your journey and are a class act. I thought you handled yourself really well on Larry King with Chris Jericho. I've been a fan for years and will be rooting for you at the Oscars. My husband spent some time with you in KC after your fight and said you were a really cool dude then as well. Keep your dogs close!

Penny   January 28th, 2009 6:49 pm ET

Mickey, you've traveled a long hard journey. An animal's love can do wonders for a person's soul. The best is yet to come buddy. You and the poochies LIVE IT UP!!!!

Vicky   January 28th, 2009 6:59 pm ET

How beautiful you were to watch. The ego was not in charge, you were. Now get the shame out of your eyes! You are much wiser than most of us!

JoAnne   January 28th, 2009 7:50 pm ET

I saw Mickey last night on your show, and also recently on the view.
He did such a compelling job of acting-because in life things really do happen especially if you've worked all of your life in a field, and were real good at what you did, and whatever the circumstances were that physically your no longer able to do it again. It's a dang challenge to move on and go forward...........
I do wish Mickey Rourke, the best in his own personal life to now move on, and go forward.

Mike   January 28th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Y2Joke I just saw the interview on the red carpet between extra and Mickey on youtube. Wow Chrissy you are really out of line. If anything you should’ve taken that as a compliment. Mickey obviously feels that you are the top dog over there at WWE. That’s like Will Ferral calling out Jimmy Johnson back when he did Talledega Nights. Of course that would compare you to a Real “Champion”. You called yourself the “best in the world” Chris and I just had to laugh. What are you thinking? What you do is for entertainment purposes only, O.K? It’s not real. You think that belt of yours counts for anything in the world of competitive boxing or MMA? Your right, they would problably just laugh in your face and tell you that you ain’t s—. I mean where else can you go in the world to defend your “title” that isn’t occompanied by the WWE stage, I mean ring. Get over yourself Chris. You want to prove that you are a badass? Go fight in the octagon in a MMA match for UFC, Elite XC, or WEC take your pic. Otherwise sit the f— down and shut the f– up, you ain’t s—!

Mickey, It’s good to see you doing films again. I don’t exactly know what happend to ya but I think it’s safe to say you will be busy for awhile doing more films because of all this publicity. I mean the people can’t stop talking about your great performance. I hav’nt had a chance to see The Wrestler yet but I will. Hang in there. One day at a time, Mickey, one day at a time.

Carolyn Bordeaux   January 28th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Chris Jericho looked and sounded stupid!!

Carolyn Bordeaux   January 28th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Chris Jericho sounded like a fool....Mickey handled it well –

C. Bordeaux

Mike   January 28th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Sorry, but I dont feel the same way all you WWE fans. Mickey cares more about what the wrestlers think than his fans. And right in the middle of this “comeback” wave that Mickey is riding back to shore, Y2Joke is going Shut him down on National T.V.? There is a time and place for everything and last night was not the time for Y2Joke to be talking out the side of his neck. No, your basiclly saying Mickey, Larry King and CNN all got a Check from WWE for that little stunt last night? Sorry, i’m not buying it.

Sharon Reiter   January 28th, 2009 11:08 pm ET

Since Larry King could not/ or chose not to address Chris Jericho' s total disrespect of Mickey Rouke. Who is manageing the guest?? What was the point of this exchange? No entertainment value in this!!

You have lost 5 long timne viewers because no on had the sense to pull the plug or challange the fool Chris Jericho. Also what happen to all the blogs from last night?????

Lost loyal viewers!!!!!!

Cherie Peters   January 28th, 2009 11:38 pm ET

Mickey is a great actor, always has been....nice to see him finally get some recognition.

I saw the wrestler last week, it was not my choice but my dates. This is no chick flick and i am no wrestling fan, but the movie was done so well and Mickey's performance so moviing that in the end i was really glad i went....bravo Mickey!

As for Chris Jericho's mouth, I will take Mickey's lead and not even bother to comment.


trish   January 29th, 2009 1:30 pm ET


Please do not get in the ring with any of these gas bags. End that chapter. You are bound to be one of the greats – don't risk your health – you have proven all you have to prove long ago. You have much more to achieve on this positive path you now walk.

Rock on, brother!

Tammy   February 8th, 2009 1:32 am ET

I love all your work...I have most of your movies,
It's Great to see you back!! All though I never thought of you as gone!!
and as for Jericho..he is an obnoxious idiot!!! He is still young & has alot of growing up to do...Your older & wiser & he is just JEALOUS
Love ya ALWAYS:)

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