January 27, 2009

Tuesday's "Larry King Live!" comments

Posted: 06:31 PM ET

One of the great things about our show is diversity.  Tonight's a perfect example!  We start with former President Jimmy Carter.  We'll talk Pres. Obama, peace in the middle east (or the lack thereof) and all things current.artrourkebackstageafpgi

Then Mickey Rourke!  He's in a movie that's getting a lot of buzz, "The Wrestler."  We'll also ask about his battles behind the scenes and how he's managed to resurrect his career.

And, we're also still reading your comments from Larry's interview with impeached Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich!  We asked for comments and you delivered.  Want to sound off on Larry's interview with the governor? CLICK HERE!

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Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 27th, 2009 8:20 pm ET

The people of Gaza need to choose peace or destruction. Hamas or Peace?

But as long as Hamas and others provide money to them , buy them off, then I see how they get elected and sympathy for their positions.

My biggest fear is a small nuclear device going off in Telaviv or somewhere. Thus creating a chain reaction!! There should be worldwide agreement on what not to do and to do on such an event occurring.

Thank you Mr Carter for being you and your service to our Country.

Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 27th, 2009 8:24 pm ET

Mr President, I always wanted to have dinner with you and just chat. I feel that being around you would be so comforting and when I left ,,Id be uplifted. Thank you Sir for being you and your service to all of us!

Roxanne Ganji   January 27th, 2009 8:44 pm ET

Dear Mr. King, Please ask President Carter how come he who was such an advocate of Human Rights in 1979, and supported the revolution in Iran against the Shah who was a loyal friend of the United States, however for the past thirty years since the inception of the so called Islamic Republic who has constantly violated the rights of its own citizens and funded, trained, supported, harbored different terrorist groups and organizations he has kept quiet?Why???

Roxanne Ganji   January 27th, 2009 8:44 pm ET

Dear Mr. King, Please ask President Carter how come he who was such an advocate of Human Rights in 1979, and supported the revolution in Iran against the Shah who was a loyal friend of the United States, however for the past thirty years since the inception of the so called Islamic Republic who has constantly violated the rights of its own citizens and funded, trained, supported, harbored different terrorist groups and organizations he has kept quiet?Why???

Kelli from Tampa   January 27th, 2009 9:02 pm ET

Congrats Mickey! I loved that you gave thanks to all of your dogs at the Golden was so sweet. My yellow labs are my best friends.

Kini Opiopioameaola   January 27th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Aloha, Larry and Mickey!

Mickey, no man is an island! We human beings were not created to live this life alone, depending solely on our pets for love and comfort, but I understand what you endured and why because I also lived that life.

I have been viewing your recent appearances, and see a peace in you not visible before! What has made all the difference for you?

Aloha Aku No! ~ I give you my love!

Kini Opiopioameaola, Honolulu, Hawaii

Sharon Dietz   January 27th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Jimmy Carter is insane. It wasn't Christians who ran into the World Trade Centers, it's not Christians who blow themselves up in order to kill others. It's not Christians who are preaching "death to non-believers!" Lumping Christians together with radical cold blooded murderers who use terror to spread their evil agenda is obscene.

matthewbenzor   January 27th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

I would have loved to ask mr. freemason agenda I mean mr crater why he and is his tyrants friends have hijacked our country and do they care that people in this country get hurt when they take office do they have a soul and why they behind christianity and why is it they always coming up with some kinda fake charity to try to save there souls after the evils theve done while there in office. and is ever going or is there propaganda wars that important to them Iraq isnt american war that a freemason

Noella Maehl   January 27th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Larry you did a good job with Jimmy Carter's interview. As a Jew, I'm sure you were biting your tongue and it showed in your eyes. I am anti-Israel and always will be, but you were always a role model for the Jew. And I admired you. You're the only Jew that I love. Where did you come from?

Terrence   January 27th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Just watched Jimmy Carter on LKL.

He says that Israel should have opened up the borders and allowed food, medicine, etc. into Gaza. The implication being that this may have stopped Hamas from throwing rockets into Israel in the first place.

So let me get this straight. They can't get food, medicine, etc. into the Gaza strip. However, somehow they managed to get 6,000 rockets in there.

I'm starting to understand why Jimmy Carter only served one term.

Ralph Lerner   January 27th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Lenin had a name for supporters of communism in the West, who could be counted on to defend and explain away any action committed by the communists, no matter how terrible. He called them "useful idiots'. I could not but help think of this phrase as I listened to Jimmy Carter explain how trustworthy Hamas is, and how committed they are to peace. Despite his spin, his meetings and dealings with Hamas have done nothing to move them away from their stated goals, which is the elimination of Israel and its replacement with an Islamic state. And his comments about the recent war in Gaza were also incredibly misleading and misinformed.

Teresa   January 27th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Mickey, you look good, you are humble, and you deserve a great comeback, and I hope to see you for many years to come in new roles, that do you justice. Rock on my friend.

Syeda M Hoque   January 27th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Great show tonight with Larry King and Past President Jimmy Carter.He has the most honest perspective about the middle east and the best solution for the problem.His solution will benefit both Israel and Palestine in long term .Israel will become a super power.Arab land also will see true democracy and progress .Late Mr.Rabin understood that .Right wing US and Israel lobby clouding the truth for short term gain and hurting the future of Israel and global peace.
USA must take a middle ground and solve the problem rather then becoming an obstacle to the future peace.

Kevin Cullen   January 27th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I'm Kevin Cullen, 55, originally from LI NY and a huge fan. I'm glad you're back brother. I'm retired from the Air Force after serving 27 years. I recently wrote a short story with you in mind as the main guy. Emotionally damaged Viet Nam vet who can't pursue the love of his life. Does the righteous thing. Tragic, but noble figure. It's perfect for you. Shoot me an e-mail. Let's talk about it. I wish you luck in your life as you move forward with renewed focus.

Loved the The Wrestler too. Great work amigo!


Ryan   January 27th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Why does Mickey Rourke do every interview drunk? G-D on national TV followed by the F-bomb. Just like a real pro wrestler I tell ya...

Catherine Johnson   January 27th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

We have missed you dearly Mickey !

Please stay with us for a good long while.

Peace. Health. Love. Life.


kyle   January 27th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Huge Mickey Rourke fan! Thrilled to see him healthy and lighting Hollywood up again!

Clar   January 27th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Good to see ya back. Your one of the best!

larry   January 27th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

hey larry, tell mickey i saw his movie this weekend and loved it

Maria   January 27th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I'm rooting for you Mickey for the Oscar!! You were excellent in "The Wrestler."

Louise Welch   January 27th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I love Mickey Rourke. he is the man!! I haven't seen the movie yet, but, plan to.

Jo Ann, Ohio   January 27th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Mickey is such a wonderful actor, I just wish he could keep himself together.

I wish him the best of luck at the Academy Awards!

rick Krasco   January 27th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

LOVED The Wrestler!!!
My favorite Mickey movie is The Pope of Greenwich Village!!!!
I know all the lines by heart!

Michelle   January 27th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Mickey, I adored The Wrestler! I have to say that that is now my favorite movie.

Annie, Las Vegas   January 27th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Larry King lost all credibility by not confronting Mr. Carter about his misleading statements. He never mentioned that Hamas is a terrorist organization that uses suicide bombers, hides behind children, and kidnaps and tourtures Israelis and states on its charter that it will not be happy until the state of Israel is destroyed. To equate a terrorist group like Hamas to a democratic government like Israel is just the most oblivious statement I have heard in a long time. I can't believe Larry didn't laugh out loud, or call him out on it. Maybe Mr. Carter is going a little senile?

Sarah Evans   January 27th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Mickey, I love you and admire you for fighting your battles. Thanks for showing all of us how to fight back from the bottom and getting back on top. How's your dog? Any other movies in the work? Glad you are back.

Margie Blair   January 27th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I am so happy to see Mickey back in the spotlight!! He is so desereving and i have been waiting for years to have you back. Love ya.

Nicole   January 27th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I think it very honorable of you to accept responsibilty for your life. Too often celebrities blame others for the failings. And a man that loves his dogs as much as you do has to be a good man. I will be rooting for you to win that well deserved Oscar
Nicole Montreal

marie davis   January 27th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

To: Mickey Rourke
I first saw you way back in the day in Body Heat and knew you were something special. I'm so glad you're back and that your life is healed.
You're a sweetie.

ROD CRICHTON   January 27th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

what can we say???? Anything is possible. No matter what we do the most honarable we can ever do is to lear to be humble...You ca see it im mr roukes eyes....

Peter   January 27th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Mickey – You were so good in "The Wrestler" that it makes me hope you will do more films in the future. I still recall your performance in Diner as a fantastic piece of work. Glad you're back!

Jo Ann, Ohio   January 27th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Unlike the talentless "movie stars" in Hollyweird, Mickey is a real actor!!

Debra   January 27th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

It is so great to see Mickey back. He is an amazing actor and is finally receiving the recognition that he deserves. Mickey is all about the acting and not about the hype. I hope he is around for a long, long time. Welcome back Mickey!!!!!!

cynthia cohen gallagher   January 27th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Mickey Rourke, you are doing so well and it's obvious by your smile that you are happy.
I'm wondering what was the "turning point" that drove you to the beginning of the end of your personal demise?

Keep doing what works.

Wanda   January 27th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

We saw Mr. Rourke's performance in The Wrestler this weekend. No one on the planet could have shown the depth of pain and experience of the character as Mr. Rourke did. One of the most moving performances we have seen in years. Thanks!!!

Brian   January 27th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Mikey's the man, live to see him keep going with his thing , always loved your work-my kind of guy

Peter   January 27th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Mickey – You were so good in "The Wrestler" that it makes me hope you will do more films in the future. I still recall your performance in "Diner" as a fantastic piece of work. Glad you're back!

criss klein   January 27th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

You renew my will to live Mickey...& you too are a straight up guy...rock on baby!

Ms. Joey   January 27th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Mickey Rourke is like the finest wine. He just keeps getting better and better as he ages (sexier too!).

Jessica   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Mickey seems so settled, peaceful and settled now. With his recent win, what a great time it is in his life !

Christina Saenz   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I really happy to see Rourke in this film. Not only is is the *perfect* part for him but a timely film considering the times we are in.

In a time in which many of us are feeling like failures-losing our jobs, our homes, our dignity, our faith in ourselves-your movie is inspiring us about our own comebacks from failure.

I want to see Mickey gets this Oscar. ..

jeri   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Mickey Rourke's role of Henry Charnowski in Barfly is in my opinion, one of the best acting roles I've ever seen.

Lauren   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Congrats, Mickey! You are a true inspiration! Best of luck at the Oscars! I'll be cheering for you!

thad schultz   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Tell me about the bike you rode in Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man – still got the bike – still riding it?

beth banach   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

mickey, are you still partners with guiseppe franco?

Lyn Foster   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I hope you won't mind me saying that I am so very proud FOR you, Mickey, and admire your strength and courage. Everyone in our home was tickled to death to see you win the Golden Globe, and wish you the best of luck at the Oscars.

You won't know about this, but I have a Mickey Rourke story I bore my family to death with over the last 20 or so years. One day I hope to bore you with it, too!

All our love and prayers on your continued success. To me it's not a comeback; it's a "Hey, great to see you again. Don't be such a stranger."

Joey Huestis   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Mickey, I loved you in Barfly. It's one of my favorite films and you deserved to win the Oscar then. Do you think there are similarities with your character in The Wrestler to that of Henry Chinaski?

Dena Jo Pavlovic   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Mickey-it's great to see you in this film. I think you brought two worlds together-movies and wrestling. You've opened my eyes to the hard work and sacrifice that actually goes into both careers. Congrats and keep up the great work!

Cheryl M.   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Oh I just want to hug him and kiss him! I have been such a huge fan for years, ever since seeing him in Body Heat. He's still gorgeous to me. Hold your head up Mickey. You seem to have a beautiful sincere and kind spirit. You are real. So real I loved your acceptance speech at the Golden Globes. Again you are so real and authentic – so anti the Hollywood bullsh!t. I hope to see you in many many many more films. Much much love!

Beverly McCormick   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Congratulations to Mickey Rourke. He is one of the best guys around. Down to earth and very genuine.


Diane   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

The governor of Illinois may be history,,, but not Mickey . Good for you on your comeback. Keep your chin

Irish Joe Jeter   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Congratulations Mickey,

I've taken quite a few celebreties on horse 'n carriage rides in Central Park, but no doubt you are the "special one".
Very best of luck with your comeback and new movie!

Irish Joe Jeter

Allison   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I am so glad Mickey Rourke is back! He's the best and should know a lot of people admire his work and want to see more of him!
He needs to know he can do anything and we'll keep looking for him!
Keep the faith!

Michelle Signora   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

You are so talented and gorgeous!! I hope to see you in many more movies!! I'm a HUGE fan and never forgot about you!!

Lynda   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I think people like you who have had it all, fame, money & a good life, that blow it all, like you did, do not deserve a "comeback"..

GG   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Congratulations, Mickey. I respect the road you've been on.

Peggy   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I saw the Wrestler and Mickey Rourke was phenomenal in the movie. I can't wait to see him in his next project. Thanks.

Kris   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson should've both gotten Oscars for Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man!

Tony   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Mickey, this movie has tought me something very important. I've always had a goal of being a pro wrestler, its been my dream my whole life and this movie made me really re think about being a wrestler. this movie made me realize what really goes on in the wrestling world. Now I know what to expect, and I still want to be a pro wrestler. your one of my favorite actors, but most of all your one of my biggest heros


Pat   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I have been a wrestling fan since 1971 and loved the job Mickey did in the movie. His portrayal was right on the money.

Kerry Johnson   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Mickey's performance in The Wrestler was so heartbreaking that it's stayed with me for weeks. Trust your talent and take care of yourself, Mickey. You're the real deal.

Tina   January 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I have alway enjoyed the work of Mickey Rourke, particularly Diner, he captured the essence of that time. I think my favorite is The Pope of Grenich Village, great role, and the scen with him pitching to Frank Sinatra singing Summer Wind is the greatest.

Moka   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

HI Mickey,
I just read in a magazine that the movie was good and went to see it. I had never heard of you before, but boy everybody has heard of you from me since then.
You were simply brilliant!
Never saw a wresting match before either. So thanks for introducing me to your brilliant acting and to a wonderful sport.
You were riveting.

Erin   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

What a great inspiration-a true comeback kid. We truly needed a perk and he did it! He is one cool cat. I hope it does it a the Oscars!

Jim carafotes   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I am so happy for Mickey. He was alwaysa great actor. Any movie he was in was Top notch acting. My dad Charlie was dying of pancreatic cancer. Mickey called my dad To talk to him. That conversation meant a lot to my father.I never got to say thanks to Mickey! Thanks MIckey. I know you will get the oscar. Best of everything. And yes I am Paul Carafotes older brother.

Redhead   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Mickey – Thanks for being real. Many people need to see known personalities going through real life experiences to give them hope, because life is more often gritty, dirty, hard, & challenging than a walk in the park and I for one find you Inspiring. What guts you have to stand up and be who you are without having to cloak yourself in trappings of grandeur & savoir fare. Your the real deal Mickey – god bless you brother!

Beth Jay   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

There should be no shame in your past, but a celebration of who you have become. It is with humility and the grace of God that you are well. You made the choice to change your life and you are to be applauded. Know that you are a solid role model. The future is your's!

Jessica   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

mickey seems so settled, peaceful and generally happy now. With his recent win, what a great time in his life this must be.

Jo Ann, Ohio   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I love it when Mickey talks about his dogs; he is so sincere!

Tony   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Does Mickey stay in contact with the actors from Diner? That was a great movie and great cast

dave   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I saw the wrestler, twice..
I was drawn to this movie because of the bruce song(big fan)
But I left thinking this role was made for Mickey. ther parralells between this character and mickey's own life heightened the emotion of film. This is the best movie i've seen in a while

eugenia williams   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Mickey, you have always been a personal choice of mine. Glad you
rose to the occasion. Every now and than there is a true star born.
Hope to see you in more and on TV.

A true fan!

Mary   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Mickey Rourke is hot, hot, hot.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It takes more of a man to get up after being knocked down than never
to have felt the pain at all.

Go Mickey!

Kit McKnight   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I am so thrilled to see Mickey Rourke on Larry King tonight! There is something really profound about both his struggle to deal with his inner demons and The Wrestler's "dark night of the soul." It's almost as if they redeem each other, and because of this, I am finding inspiration from their journey, I acknowledge him for choosing to walk a very difficult – but transformative – path and to be willing and open to sharing it with us.

BOB in DC   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

MIckey, you are the man, you gave us a good insight about wresling, and you are one marvelous thing yourself..

Apollo Rodriguez   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Hailing Mickey Rourke,
Having bumped into him over the years out here in Hollywood,
tears come to eyes for his comeback. Good for him...he's the story
of Rocky all over again! Say hi to your sister Patti for me.

John from canada   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Angel heart was probably the most underated movie of my generation.

Joan   January 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Mickey Rourke has always impressed me with his talent. I am saddened to hear that Hollywood, as other industries, is so political. It would be nice if talent ruled. Don't let them break your spirit! You are awesome and have shown me what a REAL actor can do! I know you are amazing! Keep it up. Lots of us really appreciate how good you are at your craft! Wow! Thanks.

Tasha Nesbitt   January 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

MICKEY~ You and Darren are amazing! I LOVE THIS MOVIE. The fact that it was so close to the belt for you added another layer and incredible depth above the already tight storyline. I've told everyone I know to see it.
Much respect,
Tasha Nesbitt

Linda in Reno   January 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Mickey – don't do it! Stay true to your acting – you're so talented.

Steve Aaron   January 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

For Mickey Rouke,'

Can you compare any of your prior roles, Rumblefish, Diner, King of Greenwich Village, etc. with your role in "The Wrestler". Bits and Pieces of any of these roles.

TAMMY Lier   January 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET


Charlene   January 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I just wanted to write to Mickey Rourke – to tell him that his movie 9 1/2 Weeks was my "secret" indulgence as I saw it for the first time when I was 16 – So Mickey was like my "first" naughty boy crush!!!

Missed you in movies Mickey – welcome "back" Hope you win the Oscar!!!

Your fan in Vancouver, B.C. CANADA


Mike Masishin   January 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Welcome back Mickey.....we missed you.

Mary Beth   January 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I am so hopeful that you can ask if the plastic surgery he appears to have had about 10 years was his downfall. Mickey was absolutely beautiful and so full of life and it seems to me that about 10 or so years ago he disapeared . Was it due to the plastic surgery?


Caring fan and missing Mickey,


Mark   January 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Question for Mr.Rourke, After making the film a few years ago, "Barfly" about the writer Charles Bukowski, Do you have any more insight, or understanding Bukowski'e perspective of life after your own trials and tribulations?

Richard Eubanks   January 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Comeback ! What the hell ! did nobody see DOMINO a Tony Scott film, Mickey has always been at he 's best for all time.

Anne   January 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I'm so glad Mickey Rourke was on tonight. He is such a superb actor and the wrestler just hit a soft spot in my heart. It is such a sweet movie. What an inspiring man and movie!! The wrestler is an amazing film and it was an amazing performance. CONGRATULATIONS Mickey!! You deserve it!

Jim   January 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

One of my favorite movies and my favorite Mickey Rourke movie is The Pope of Greenwich Village

Yolanda   January 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Im absolutely thrilled to see Mickey Rourke back...Congratulations on his Golden Globe Award and Best Wishes for that Oscar. He certainly deserves it. He's hit rock bottom and he's back...That shows strength and maturity. Good for him!!!
Cant wait to see The Wrestler – bring the whole family!

Mike   January 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

It is so great to see Mickey back in action. I loved the movie Diner with Mickey in it. My wife and I just saw The Wrestler, what a masterpiece! Mickey please do not go away! -Mike...

Bruce DeMascio   January 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Big Mickey Rourke fan here in CANADA.
Can you let Mickey know I have his pink boxing robe,
Mickey Rourke MARIELITO, South Beach, Miami Florida, the OUT LAW BOXING CLUB.

Tom Schmeh   January 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I still don't understand... what caused Mickey Rourke to 'fall off the face of the earth'? Please ask him that question, Larry.

John   January 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Mr. Rourke,

Thank you very much for starring in The Wrestler. I think it is a very powerful film and you are an incredibly brave guy (regardless of who calls it luck) to help the filmmakers make this movie happen. God bless you and congratulations on the nomination. You most definitely deserve the best.


– Johnny
Dixon, California

Stan White   January 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Mickey Rourke played me in a movie called Year of the Dragon. me (Stan White). You're looking good and congratulations. Saw the Wrestler...loved it. Let's talk

Tracy   January 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I loved Mickey Rourke in "9 1/2 Weeks", he's sooo hot! I think he is a great actor and I hope he does win the "Academy Award". I am so happy Mickey won the "Golden Globe", he so deserves it!
Love him,
Tracy the Texas Traveling Tiger

Jeff from Rochester, Mn   January 27th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I watched the Movie, and it was great. It had an old school look which took me back to my younger days back to the 80's. Twenty years ago is always popular, so it's about time the 80's are cool again. It was like watching the ASA all over again back in the day..

Thanks Mickey

Brian Regan   January 27th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Hey Mickey,

Great t see you back in the game, looking forward to seeing you back in Venice.
Maybe we can catch some therapy( Surf) at the pier bring your board.

Kitty   January 27th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Mickey Rourke has ALWAYS been the best to me. I am happy to see him back on top. I love him!!!

stephanie   January 27th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Mickey you are the best!!! Will you and Kim Basinger do another movie together? I also want you to know that you are the James Dean of our era go get em Mick!

Susan   January 27th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I have been a fan of Me Rourke since his early days of Diner.
He's a very sexy guy...I had a chance to meet him...I notarized his
signature...he was so gracious so polite...and when I walked away,
I was half way out the door, he called me by name and said thanks!
Quite the gentleman that Mr Rourke.

Peter The Wicked One   January 27th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I can relate to Mickey and the Wrestler movie. My business and personal life relates to it. It is great to see him back in the saddle. Speaking of saddles, I was in the movie Harley & Marlborow man. Go for it dude.
Peter the Wicked One

yvette lindo   January 27th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

good to have you back!! You are a great actor...Now PLEASE do something with that hair...We miss the old handsome look!!!!!

Jay Iyengar   January 27th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I believe everybody deserves a second chance in life. I commend Mickey Rourke for taking that chance and settig an example as the new come back kid.
I have always admired him as a great actor and hope to see more of him
I wish him all the best and more good things in life for him.

Fred R Kane   January 27th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Metal madman Jericho vs. Marv! I'd buy that for a dollar!

Tony, Fairport NY   January 27th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Do you think there could be a sequel to Diner? 25 years later..

Karla Pierson   January 27th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Mick's body is banging! I'm digging watching how humble and shy he really is. I love his thought process and his mind! Peace Mickey!!

Hilary   January 27th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

it is so great to see you back!!!
When going through all the emotions
this movie had for you,
did it help heal the pain?

Kim   January 27th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Mickey Rourke should know that his fans are proud of him and so happy to see him acting again, he is truly a gifted talent.

Jo Ann, Ohio   January 27th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Who is that guy kidding WWF is fake!! Anyways Mickey has to have twenty years at that guy so of course he would lose!!

Barby   January 27th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I've missed you, Mickey, and am so glad you're back where we can see you. Are you single?

tony   January 27th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

hi mickey! i understand you were a friend of tupac shakur i was wondering how you came to be friends?

Kelli from Tampa   January 27th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Chris who? what a little man...pathetic

Darlene   January 27th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Hey there Mickey....It's great to see you on the big screen again. You're an amazing actor!!!! Keep it up!!!! Hope to see more from you in years to come!!!

Jane in Atlanta   January 27th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Mickey's role in Body Heat was very brief but I couldn't take my eyes off this new unknown actor. I didn't know who he was but I knew he'd become famous. He's a natural actor.

Jackie Murphy   January 27th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Mickey Rourke is fabulous. I have seen all of his movies 20 times. A Prayer for the Dying and Wild Orchid are two of his best movies, and sadly, very rarely seen. He is in the same league as Sean Penn, Robert DiNiro, Al Pacino and Lawrence Olivier. I am in awe of him always.

Laidy in Va.   January 27th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Go Mickey–I am a fan and I don't know what happened in your life, but you made it man, you made it! Keep up the good work and never loose sight of the struggle–much love in my heart for you!!!!

Diane   January 27th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Mickey, dont feed into a youngsters agression. Chirs, maybe you need some manner lessons

Cindy G   January 27th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Good Evening Mr. King -

It is SO wonderful to see Mickey Rourke on your show tonight. He is absolutely one of the greatest actors ever to grace the Big Screen. I would like to wish him all the happiness & peace in the world. He certainly has earned it.

With much respect to you both.


Vicki from NJ   January 27th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Larry, you forgot to mention the movie Mickey Rourke did entitled "Pope from Greenwich Village" which is my all-time favorite, but it wasn't on the favorite list so I picked my second favorite "91/2 Weeks." I hope Mickey gets the Oscar since he deserves one and he's a great actor. He reminds me of Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as one combo in one person. He also comes off so polite and humble. Go Mickey!

ernie contreras   January 27th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

may god blesss u micky & may u continue 2 bless u. ernie from cali.
d bless u 2 larry

Lana Lekopoy   January 27th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Mickey must know that for YEARS, watching him on 9 1/2 weeks was our special treat on night shift. We nurses would get our patients delivered and the babies sleeping and haul the VCR into the nursery. Probably saw that movie at work 50 x's. YUM

Jason   January 27th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

The Wrestler is an amazing film and, while the physicality the role required was impressive, it was his emotional vulnerability that steals the show. I have always been a huge Mickey Rourke fan and am glad to see him in the spotlight again.

Ed H.   January 27th, 2009 9:54 pm ET


I met you on South Beach while you were going down in life and career. We were in Club Deuce playing pool. Had a nice conversation and I LET YOU WIN! Congratulations and hope to let you win again and best of luck on you way back up!!

Ed H

Jill   January 27th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Mickey Rourke's performance revealed the raw emotionality of Randy the Ram and his own personal vulnerabilities. Thank you for a fantastic performance and a greater understanding of the world of wrestling to those who are unfamiliar with it. Looking forward to seeing the outcome of a continued "comeback" star....Mickey Rourke.


N. S. Smith   January 27th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I love Mickey Rourke....I think he rocks!!! Wrestlers have a big place in my heart because my son is a professional wrestler (and a lawyer).

Love you Mickey,


Ida from Toronto   January 27th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Hi Mickey!
I have been a fan of yours for years! You are amazing and I admire your courage. All the best and glad to see you're back! I am looking forward to many more movies from you!! Contact me if you are ever back in Toronto!!!

Chris   January 27th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

My wife and I recently saw "The Wrestler". We laughed, cried and felt the pain of this character in this incredibly moving story. America loves a great comeback story and hopefully there will be more to great roles to come from this very talented actor.

Not many have the opportunity to get a second chance at succeeding in his or her career. How do you feel this will change your life personally rather than professionally?

Jeannette Chesney   January 27th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I fell in love with you in "Body Heat" - your brief, but powerful performance has endured the test of time. America loves an underdog, and you are the one we are rooting for these days. Hollywood needs more of you in films today, as most of what is out there is a joke.

Megan   January 27th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

The face off between Jericho and Mickey on Larry's show was fantastic. Awesome set up for Wrestlemania. Larry, thank you for making your show so diverse!

JoAnne   January 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Great to see you again, Mickey !!!!!! Sexy man...............

Wish you the BEST in your future !!!!!!

C. J. Strickland   January 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Regarding the blog segment itself:
The flashing light during transitions surprised me each time and hurt my eyes. This type of intense flashing can cause migraines in those of us who are sensitive and is just plain out of place in this type of program..
Also, the blog host's hand gestures are very distracting and annoying, particularly when he jabs his finger at the camera. I won't watch this segment anymore, since it seems so out of place with the laid back style of Mr. King (and I suspect, most of his audience). If I want this style of show, I'll watch one of the in-your-face entertainment shows.

chris   January 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Hi Larry... I am so happy to see mickey Rourke back...I've always been a big fan and I hope he's back to stay!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I saw the movie and it's a great film he was great and miss marisa is....well quite hot, good luck mickey and stick around this time!!!

JaneMarsh   January 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET


I saw "The Wrestler" Saturday night just to see your performance
because there is absolutely nothing about wrestling that appeals
to me. I came home and wrote to a friend who wanted my "review."

I used words like repugnant but I have not been able to get what
you did out of my mind. Your work was sensational. Congratulations
on your recent win and your Oscar nomination. I am excited for you!

Keep taking "the high road." You deserve it. Your performance
was raw and sweet and heartbreaking.

All the best,


Barb   January 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

It is heart warming to see someone make a come back. Makes one believe the system works sometimes. Certainly no pretense about him. Mickey is who he is. I have enjoyed watching this interview and others he has been on. Seems to be a very humble man in many ways

FRANNY   January 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET


Luis Diaz   January 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Mickey hello from the Miami Beach gang, Nelson, Al Silva, Lou Diaz.
We remember you good luck .

concerned citizen   January 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Chris Jerico is a child....rourke would smoke him!!!!

Roy Niles   January 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Mickey was a professional boxer. he could beat a fake wrestler in boxing any time, any place.

Dawn   January 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

In this moment, Mickey Rourke is a great actor and respected for that by everyone, as he should be. Hope you "win" the Oscar and my vote is for you to maybe just show up at the Wrestlemania and not participate. Love & Respect to you sir.

Tony, Fairport NY   January 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Hey Mickey.. What is Guttenberg up to these days?

June Carter   January 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Good interview but I really don't like real threats over the air.
Does it make Mr. Westler uncomfortable?

jerry   January 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Chris Jericho made a fool of himself. He should save his fake ego attitude it for his fake sport.

Ruth from Florida   January 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

The Wrestler Chris was obnoxious and and a pompous a#%. I think Larry should have really cut off his comments that were sooo uncomfortable for Mickey Rourke who didn't deserve that.

J. Omo   January 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Chris Jericho needs a lesson in manners. Mickey Rourke deserves respect for his comeback in real life, unlike the make believe world of Chris Jericho.

Great work Mickey !

Karen   January 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Mickey, welcome back You're awesome. Someone needs to take Jerico and put him where he belongs. He's got alot of mouth but he needs to know there's always someone tougher!!!

Onur Avcil   January 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Merhaba Mickey!!!
You were great in the movie. I hope to see you more.
Also, I heard that you were in Turkey couple months ago. Did you like it over there?

Jawad Khan   January 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Growing up in the late 80's and early 90's I saw Mickey Rourke as the ultimate bad boy. In a very superficial Hollywood, Mickey is about as real as it get....Shabash (Bravo) Mickey!!!!

Kira, CA   January 27th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

The Wrestler was AMAZING and, hello (!), Mickey Rourke is sexier than EVER! And good for you, Mickey, for taking the high road w/that small man Jericho. And The Boss rocks as usual. Perfect song.

jackie bjorngaard   January 27th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Mickey we all on top of the world with u. Keep up the great work. jackie for mn.

Jo Ann, Ohio   January 27th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

JRAl, I agree!

Jon Zanoff   January 27th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I think all the steroids have gotten to Chris Jericho's head.

Tracey Whitney   January 27th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Was Chris kidding? Lighten up man – it's just entertainment.

Mickey, I am soooo happy to see you back where you belong. Keep on keepin' on.

Claudine from Montreal ( Canada )   January 27th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I think it's wonderfull, to see you acting again, you have always been one of my favorites. You have that inner strenght, when you acted we sense all those emotions kept inside.

And i must say, you still look very sexy.

All the best.

Bronwyn   January 27th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I find Chris Jericho's attitude very offensive and childish. Well done Mickey for taking the high road! You deserve to be shown nothing but respect for your performance in The Wrestler.

Linda   January 27th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I dont like the way Chris Jericho attached Mickey Rourke on the show tonight. Suck it up Chris!!!!!! Love ya Mickey!!!!

Dan longeuay   January 27th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

What's up with Jericho? Sounds like he doesn't want someone with more talent to get more publicity than him. Way to take the high road Mickey.

Holly Migwans   January 27th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Glad you took the high road on Chris Jericho and his silly comments. That was uncalled for. The show isn't about you tonight.

Bobbi   January 27th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Is Chris Jericho for real? How come nobody threw a bucket of ice water on his head, just to get him to shut up? Seriously, was this all set up? How outrageous was that...

Holly Migwans   January 27th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Glad you took the high road on Chris Jericho and his silly comments. That was uncalled for. The show isn’t about him tonight.

Darlene Key   January 27th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I think Mr. Rourke did take the high road with the wrestler that was on your show. Why would anyone not be happy for Micky when he is trying to lake a come back and get his life back together. Shame on that young punk wrestler.

Robert   January 27th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Hello, Larry – Just saw Chris Jericho's dissing of Mickey Rourke. Mr. Jericho should be careful, as the injury he's most likely to suffer will be tripping over his own ego, which seems to be rather large. Clearly a legend in his own mind!

Kira, CA   January 27th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Oh, and Mickey, thanks for the shout out to your dogs at The Globes. I've been there and couldn't agree more....sometimes all you have is your dog.

Yolande   January 27th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Chris Jericho displayed his immaturity and disrespect towards Mr. Rourke. He should have shown more professionalism......I believe that Mr. Rourke got to where he is because down inside he's a good man, mo matter the bad decisions of his past.

Mosi   January 27th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I wonder if Mickey Rourke was really friends with Tupac Shakur?

Susan   January 27th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Mickey Rourke is a genuine and caring person who was treated with disrepect from the pro-wrestler. The wrestler was so caught up withh playing his role that he forgot about his humanity.

Suzanne (Indiana)   January 27th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I just seen Mickey on your show....I think your an inspiration to many Mickey! As far as Chris Jerhico....he shouldn't beat down a person that's on his way up! Welcome back Mickey!

Natasha   January 27th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Why is this Jericho guy so RUDE??? Like a needy child, calling out for attention...

Lisa   January 27th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Oh my god, did i just witness Jericho acting like he is the god of wrestling no respect at all for Mickey ! just another reason why I don`t like Chris Jericho, he can be summed up in one word arrogant...ugh keep up the amazing work mickey

Ron Tyler   January 27th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I could swear that I saw Mickey do a very small part in the movie "Heat" with Pacino and DeNiro. Was I seeing things?

Michele   January 27th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Good for Mr. Rourke taking the high road.

jim from la.   January 27th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

mickey i still think you are a great actor who has not got his do but i think you a better actor than chris is a wrestler good luck from a fellow actor

Eleanor   January 27th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I am watching your show tonight and I think the way that Chris Jericho acted toward Mickey Rourke was offensive to all of us. I am all about playing the part, but being intentionally rude is uncalled for. I don't know who Chris is, but Mickey Rourke is a great guy.

jean   January 27th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Your body looked healthy in the movie, was it too hard to maintain afterfilming?

Greg Mouser   January 27th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Best Wishes To Mickey Rourke

I remember seeing his movie with Lisa B, of the Bill Cosby fame

Anne, WISCONSIN   January 27th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

The wrestler was a fantastic film. Mickey Rourke you were brilliant! I have seen the movie multiple times and I will buy it. Amazing. Cheryl said it. You are so kind spirited and real and I really admire you!! Keep up the good work man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish you all the best.

Sheila   January 27th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Mickey, keep truckin' on the high road! You're great!

Christy   January 27th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I love the movie "Sin City" and can't wait to see "The Wrestler". I'm very happy that he's finally back in the movie scene. I wish him all the best.

Louise Welch   January 27th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Mickey, you are really a good spirited man. That chris kid really showed his immaturity......Thanks for taking the High Road...You are the man!!!! I am so impressed with your kindness and humbleness...You are a blessed man.

Christina   January 27th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

From Toronto,Canada

Mr. Rourke,
I think that you are an inspiration to many people. I think you are a very sensitive person, with many qualities and virtues....and I think a gentleman in many ways. Sometimes we find ourselves in "dark" moments, but you are proof that it is possilble to find your way back. Wish you all the best..don't leave us again. ..and hoping to see you in more movies..please!
Christina – Toronto

Kelli from Tampa   January 27th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Chris (whoever he is) needs to lay down the steroids and LEARN how to be a man not a little boy.
We love you Mickey and my lab Bailey loves you too.

Kelsey   January 27th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I was really scared by the "real-life" wrestler that came on to CNN to tell Mickey Rourke how the hard side of wrestling really is. He was so out of line picking a fight on the news! It was just a waste of time for me to watch that and quite uncomfortable. I guess both are entertainers so the "real" wrestler was just playing his role as a touch guy who picks fights but it was unnecessary on CNN. Mickey Rourke is a great actor.

JoAnn   January 27th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Mr. Rourke
You are still all that and two bags of chips... You are the sexiest man on earth.. If you don't believe me watch him in Wild Orchid ! I love U ...
Please, more movies...

Heather   January 27th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I don't know who the Jerico wrestler guy was on Larry King Live but he has no respect. I know that is part of the wrestler "character" but he should know there is a time and a place for this and Larry King Live was not the time or place for his disrespectful attitude.

Jill McBride   January 27th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I am so impressed with Mickey...especially his patience and humility with that ego-centric punk Chris (was that his name – the wrestler)? I mean how many times does someone have to say "I should not have said that"? Obviously Mickey has grown so much in his self-esteem and self-worth – he would never lower himself in the ring with Chris. That's why he is taking the high road Chris, you can crawl along the low one! I love you me 🙂

Scott   January 27th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Jericho ruined that interview. I hope Mikey kicks his arse. Maybe UFC. I'll see his movie. Thanx

John D   January 27th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

First, amazing job Mickey! I saw the film and was at the Hammer museum for the preview with yourself and Darren.

Secondly, Jericho needs to grow up. I couldn't believe he said what he said. I think Jericho forgot he wasn't in the ring anymore and thought he still had to talk tough and give those random glares at the screen to convince the audience he's MAD! Get over yourself.

Dan, Ontario   January 27th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

I can't understand why Chris Jerico would feel threatened by Mickey Rourke. Not that Mickey couldn't kick his but but you would thing Chris would have more confidence....I think he has peformance anxiety.

Alexander   January 27th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Tonights "Challenge" btwn Chris Jericho and Mickey Rourke was painfully, painful for the show. Are you serious with this kinda of media attention? Are there really that many pro wrestler fans watching Larry King Live? And when did the High school, meet me at the flagpole challenging start?
Signed, truly disappointed in Larry and CNN

james wheeler   January 27th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

That wrestler that is in the WWE who was speaking to Mickey Rourke is quite a negative force. He said he was offended. Then he handled himself in a threatening and offensive manner. He stuck to this stance even though he is about 30 years younger. That's quite a big man isn't he?

Wow, I guess that is why I have no interest in watching the WWE. This guy is apparently a big hero. Larry King likes to talk to him apparently. Well, he has done plenty to keep my eyes and dollars from going his way.

Brandon in Cali   January 27th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Rourke- Congratulations on your nomination, it was a great film and I hope that the Academy recognizes your performance.

Thank you for "taking the high road" with that nasty clown, Jericho? He must be bitter that critics didnt appreciate his performance in "Android Apocalypse".

Larry- Im a little dissapointed, as Jericho mentioned being a repeat guest, with that attitude why would you ever invite him back?

Anne, WISCONSIN   January 27th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Chris jericho was an A$$.

Mickey, you really did take the high road!! I am a teen and I think you are very admirable and I absolutely love your work. I am glad you're back. YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ps: i LOVE the wrestler!!!!!!! you are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

paul   January 27th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

cris is a big joke just ask stonecold

Jo Ann, Ohio   January 27th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

JRAl, I agree with you again! Ha!

Susan Morris   January 27th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Mickey-I love him! And Iam so happy to see him back on the screen!
However, that so called BIG SHOT, BIG MOUTH vain wrestler that was really rude- it takes a REAL man to ignore that guy's insults like Mickey did and then wish him well!! GO Mickey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love ya

Josie Jahnke   January 27th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Mr. Jeriko was rude and a conducted himself like a brat who got his feelings hurt. Mickey's an actor doing his job not a nuckle dragger. If Jeriko got offended by what comes on TV he should'nt watch it.
Hey Jeriko!!
If people dont like what comes on TV they shut if off or change the channel.
Get a clue we can say whatever we want, thats the beauty of living in America

Rich   January 27th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Mickey.....forget Chris Jericho.....He's a Canadian not and American! When he get's his US Citizenship then he can go in the ring!

james wheeler   January 27th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Jerico is pretty, pretty hostile.

jenn   January 27th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Wha? What a way to end a show tonight that should have inspired many. Mickey Rourke's success story with all it's bruises is a rare one and in times like this, his accomplishments serve to show that there are second and third chances in this life. what on earth was the point in the face-off between two showmen - totally ruined it for me. in fact, i was sure it was a stunt. who cares if Mickey Rourke made a mistake on the red carpet? move on and let's remember the point (or at least I hope was the point...) of the interview...and courage it takes to take the long walk back to the real, tough world.

elaine   January 27th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

I found the segment with Jericho disturbing and difficult to watch. Up until then, it was very enjoyable.

LES   January 27th, 2009 10:09 pm ET




JaneMarsh   January 27th, 2009 10:09 pm ET


I saw "The Wrestler" Saturday night just to see your performance
because wrestling does not appeal to me. Your work was breath

Congratulations on your Golden Globe win and your Oscar nomination. I am excited for you!

Keep taking "the high road." You have earned it. Your performance
was raw, sweet, and heartbreaking.

All the best,


Stephanie Penfold   January 27th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Just watched the interview w/Mickey and I think he handled himself well. BUT I think that Chris Jericho was silly and acted like he was BUTT hurt over what Mickey said on the red carpet. Grow up Chris! Kudos to Mickey!

Cindy   January 27th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Congratulations Mickey! Yet another success in your corner in not letting the egocentric Chris Jericho weasel his way into the limelight that you deserve!

Kelly Eileen   January 27th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

What a gentleman Mickey Rourke was tonight with Chris Jericho. I hope Chris was kidding with his trash talk. Mickey definitely took the high road as he said.

nancy from CA   January 27th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

After your interview, I plan to see "The Wrestler", even though I have never been a big Mickey Rourke fan – probably more becase of his choice of roles rather than his obvious talent. I think that the WWF is the dumest thing ever created – it would even bore George W. Bush. I really took offense at the lame (read macho) remarks by Chris Jericho about "taking on" Mr. Rourke. He commands more respect than you could ever hope for, Mr. Jericho.

Brian Venice,Ca.   January 27th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Chris Jerico, needsa reallity check doesn't he know the difference between acting and getting hit over the head with a chair.It's called acting.By the way Chris, Batman des not exist. Why he's an character played by an actor.

Kelli from Tampa   January 27th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

No more Chris the chest beating boy on Larry King!!

Michele   January 27th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Why did the Larry King producers ruin a very interesting interview by putting that rude wrestler on? I thought it was offensive and very disrespectful to Mr. Rourke. Shame on CNN.

Dennis Garcia   January 27th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

its great that Mr. Rourke has finally come back his presence was missed. The part with Chris Jericho was a waste of time. Chris arrogance was very uncalled for. There are other worthy guess from the wrestling world that could have been interviewed

Kevin   January 27th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Larry, Chris Jericho is nothing more than a PUNK with celebrity status. This guy claims to be a pro? What kind of example does this clown set ? I am glad to see Mickey took the high road.

jess   January 27th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Chris Jerrico proved what a pathetic person he is in his comments to Mickey Rourke. When Mr. Jerrico is Mickey's age, no one will even remember who he was. Good job taking the high road Mickey, age does bring wisdom.

Missy   January 27th, 2009 10:17 pm ET


What happened to your interview with Mickey Rourke? I saw an interview with Jimmy Carter, a blog analyst reviewing an interview from last night, a contrived exchange with someone named Chris Jericho, intrusive previews from Anderson Cooper, and a only a smidge of the man I tuned in to watch. I think the proper term for that is "bait and switch." To me, you showed a complete lack of respect for your viewers and, most of all, for your guest.


Brian   January 27th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Mickey, most people probably don't realize that your 'comeback" started with Sin City a couple of years ago. I loved that movie, and you played the pill-popper to the hilt. I loved it. Glad to see you take the high road with Jerico. Back in the day (like when he was 13) he would have never mouthed off to you like that, and deep down he knows it.

Alan Clifden   January 27th, 2009 10:19 pm ET


A message for Mickey.

Oh! I know you have done some wonderful movies but don't forget the powerful image of the motorcycle boy (what ever his name was).
Its not just the boy, Mickey, but what you gave him. Grapple with that if you are shelving him!

Thank YOU

Maurich, Atlanta   January 27th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

Kudos to Jimmy Carter for his wisdom, honesty and pragmatism on trying to solve the Palestinian-Israeli crisis.Thank you President Carter for being the first American head of state to have the guts to reveal to the world Israel's inhuman treatment of Palestinians and repeated violations of U.N and other treaties. History, Mr President will judge you favorably as an intellectual and a selfless peacemaker ... you are my hero!.

josie   January 27th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

I thought Chris Jericho was all over himself. He is nothing to compare to Mickey Rourke. Mickey has pulled himself up shown the world what he is capable of.

On the other hand Chris Jericho is still working on being a star with half of what he does is put on. He will never be the actor that Mickey is

Congradulations Mr Rourke. GREAT JOB!!!

Pattie   January 27th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

I fell for you in "Body Heat", fell in lust with you in "91/2 Weeks", and can't forget you and Faye Dunaway in "Barfly". I felt a kinship through your bad times and am thrilled for you in current times.
You've always held a special place in my heart, because your trials and tribulations took you out of 'Hollywood' and into the real world with the rest of us who've stumbled in our lives.. You speak for those of us 'who've lost our way in life' a time or two, and have made this comeback with the humility and grace that is truly honorable and inspiring.
There is a glow you wear from the lessons you've learned, and you're as sexy as ever!
I'm an adoring fan who says 'BRAVO'!!

Jai Juhi   January 27th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

Chris Jericho, hey Dude-in character-huh! Great place to get your next gig-pretty sad. Could you not take the interview for what it was. Get over yourself. Don't even think you rained on Mickey Rourke's parade. Can't say much about your entertainment etiquette. Respect, you don't know the first thing about it. Read or even simpler watch the rerun. And see what you know about respect. Who even needs it? Mickey Rourke is awesome -always has been and always will be. He is already a legend. Later for you, with all due respect.

Dan, Ontario   January 27th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

By Jerico saying he has no respect for Rourke shows that all of his taste is in his mouth; probably where he keeps his feet too.

Arash   January 27th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

Hi Larry ,

in this movie which Mickey's character, Randy "the Ram" Robinson, violently breaks a pole bearing an Iranian flag across his knee, after his opponent tries to use it to put him in a stranglehold.

The Ayatollah, played by Ernest Miller a skimpy leotard in the pattern of an Iranian flag with the alef character – representing the first letter of the word Allah – emblazoned front and back on his loins .

Can you ask Micky is this a anti iranian film like 300 ?


Kim   January 27th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Chris JeriWHO??? I've never even heard of this guy, which says it all really. I'm not sure if his rudeness was part of his schtick or his true ridiculous self, but I found it ironic that he seems to display the very characteristics that just about ruined Mickey Rourke's career. Clearly he should take a cue from Mickey's life and learn that being the best at something, doesn't make you anything. My best to Mr. Rourke at the Oscars!

Brigham Thompson   January 27th, 2009 10:24 pm ET


Beautiful work, sir. I traveled some distance with my wife in order to see your movie on Sunday. Very glad that I did...
Please keep up the good work and keep taking that high road : )


What were you and your producers thinking when you brought Chris Jericho on the show? He speaks of being a repeat visitor? Really?
He's made for FOX, Larry.



Lisa Beni   January 27th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Thank you Larry King for your interview with Mickey Rourke, you did a good job (as usual). Mickey sounds like he's on his way, and hopefully all of this exposure (Golden Globes, Oscar, etc.) could help him shine and give us more of the art we have missed the past 10 years.

I know wrestlers are confrontational–but Jericho was obnoxiously trying to provoke Mickey Rourke, probably 20 years older, yet Mickey classily took the 'high road." I hope he's strong enough to endure people who try to take him down.

I'm a gal near Mickey's age and I wrote a poem for my UCF College Poetry Workshop class, "Hunger," which is an homage to Mickey Rourke and an earlier movie of his, 9 1/2 Weeks. He still inspires and like many of us, had that conflict between Art and business (left brain v. right brain).

Lisa Beni

Julie   January 27th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Dear Larry,

I enjoyed your show with Mickey Rourke. I would like to compliment Mickey for taking the high road with Chris the WWE guy. Chris is very obviously high on to many steroids, very combative. I'm so proud of Mickey on how he handled this roid freak. Thank you and kudos to Mickey. I can tell he is working his recovery program by taking the high road with a roid bully who was trying to pick a fight.

Reno, Nevada

KT   January 27th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Mickey – You are awesome and you look great!!! Love to hear about you dogs and how they helped you thru some difficult times (unconditional love).
Take care!!!!

jennifer   January 27th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

Mickey was wonderful. That other guy was a jealous bully. He should be banbed from tv permanently. Who is he anyway? Clearly not who he thinks he is.

Dabney   January 27th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

I was going to give support to Mickey for the rude behavior of that wrestler guy but it is not necessary. Mickey has a lot of fans and they are just wild about him. Well, actually me too. Just wild about Mickey and wish him all the best. Please take the high road and keep giving us great performances. That is your destiny and your work will live on after we are long gone, so get to work big guy. We love you!!!

msilverstein   January 27th, 2009 10:35 pm ET

This is the best interview I have seen Mickey Rourke do regarding his new movie The Wrestler. I just saw the movie and thought his performance should win him an Oscar. Remarkable talent and he has many fans, but when I heard Chris J my heart skipped a beat. Thankfully Mickey didn't take the bait. When a man thanks his dogs you know that man is a sweetheart. I wish Mickey the best and thanks for sharing your talent with us.

Nick   January 27th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

The most ironic thing about Jericho's words is that Jericho isn't even a real wrestler, he's just an actor who pretends to wrestle.. Just as Mickey did in the movie- except Mickey did twice as good a job as Jericho, at twice his age... Jericho would be advised to stay off the political networks and maybe stick to something more at his education level.

KR   January 27th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

Mickey Rourke...He's back.
Best Wishes to a wonderful,sensitive, caring man! Who deserves
the best! God Bless him! Keep him safe with his beautiful animals.
Hang in there we love ya!
Chris Jerico is a disgrace to the Male race!

lise (pronounced "lease") Kansas City   January 27th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

Mickey Rourke is the absolute only person who could do "The Wrestler", justice! The story's thread weaves through all of our lives...we've all been or had, "something" once, and we've all asked for second chances -and some of us get them! Thank you, Mickey Rourke, for giving acting a "second chance". Looking forward to seeing you more! Oh, and you can say hello to OSCAR!!! Sorry Sean and Brad...

Joni Rothman-Robbins   January 27th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

Who in the world is Chris Jericho? What an ego maniac . My goodness Mickey Rourke was kidding on the red carpet about wrestling Jericho. Get a sense of humor Mr. Jericho. Joni

Joy Kramer   January 27th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

Welcome back?? How about introducing the new sexiest man alive! It takes a real man to wear a hair net and readers. You rock!! Wish you were in Atlanta.

Magdalene Fitzpatrick   January 27th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

Tear down the walls of Jerico.

miss nikki   January 27th, 2009 11:08 pm ET

i'm soooo happy for you!!! the wrestler was great! loved the way you handled the egotistic pretty BOY – Chris! keep on doin what you do!!
much love, nikki

Lisa Beni   January 27th, 2009 11:10 pm ET


Just wanted to say directly to you, Bravo to your talent, your successful movie, and for the future.

You've inspired my creativity (blues muse).


Darlene   January 27th, 2009 11:28 pm ET

Mickey handled Steve Urlich's rude and arrogant comments like the true professional he is. Steve can't shine Mickey's shoes!!!

Darlene   January 27th, 2009 11:35 pm ET

Mickey handled Chris Jerricho's rude and arrogant comments like the true professional he is. Chris can't shine Mickey's shoes.

jackie bjorngaard   January 27th, 2009 11:42 pm ET

Mickey, welcome back, u rock.


Bobbi   January 27th, 2009 11:44 pm ET

Thanks Larry, for the interview with Mr. Rourke. I've seen Mickey do a lot of interviews this week, and in each and every one of them, he's conducted himself with dignity and grace. (How could you not love this man?) But why is it that in each of these interviews, he"s pretty much asked, what the hell happened to you.? (Like he's let us all down or something.) Three minutes of research will tell you that, with the exception of a few years, Mickey has been a working actor. He didn't just pop up out of nowhere. (And so what if he did?) The media continues to pressure him to reveal the details of his personal life, yet it's more than obvious that Rourke is a private man. He doesn't owe any of us a cheap thrill at his expense, Give the man the respect he deserves. Let him enjoy llife, and say thank you when he shares his superior talents as an actor.

Judith Carpenter   January 27th, 2009 11:54 pm ET

Loved your show tonight and cant wait to see Mr. Rourkes new movie. However, it was difficult to see Mr. Jericho made such a fool out of himself. Mr. Rourke showed he has become the bigger man. Good luck sir in your new found success.

Tom Philpott   January 28th, 2009 12:07 am ET

Hi Bobby,

Your comments about respecting Mr Rourke are valid, but you have to understand that from a film perspective, when you were a handsome A list leading man and are suddenly doing B films, it's like dropping off the planet. I know this from having produced a number of features and met many actors in Mr Rouke's position.

He did behave with very good grace and has come a long way in the past few years. This is why so many people are rooting for him. I think it's unfortunate for Chris Jericho that what was obviously being set up as a gag turn somewhat, as Mr Rourke was being so genuine in his responses. Perhaps Chris should have adapted to the situation and shown a little bit more "respect".

Katherine/Louisville, KY   January 28th, 2009 12:15 am ET

Mickey I loved your performance in The Wrestler. It was a powerful movie . Enjoyed your interview tonight. I was shocked you got fronted off by Chris Jericho. He obviously was showing off and you didn't take the bait. You a such a great actor and I really appreciate your work.

Louisa   January 28th, 2009 12:46 am ET

Mickey – LOVE HIM!!! Great to see him! I'm looking forward to seeing "the Wrestler" Congratulations on getting the credit you deserve!!!

Larry, you always choose great and interesting people to interview. Keep up the good work!!

Nina   January 28th, 2009 12:46 am ET


robert   January 28th, 2009 12:46 am ET

I think mickey roarke is a better actor today then ever.

seenseldom   January 28th, 2009 12:47 am ET

did u really have s@x with lisa bonet in Angel Heart?

Alex.   January 28th, 2009 12:48 am ET

Mickey, thanks for coming back man...true fan here! you are good at what you do and its about time you received the accolades you deserved way back when!!!

Susan Brennan   January 28th, 2009 12:48 am ET

Mickey –

I have been a long time fan and am proud of the steps you have taken to reclaim your life and touch deep places to create such a powerful film.
Congratulations and welcome back.

Susan Brennan

Jeff   January 28th, 2009 12:49 am ET

I would like to congratulate Mr. Rourke for this great movie, but personally, I can't wait to see him as Marv again in Sin City 2...That character and the original Sin City is my favorite ever...

robert   January 28th, 2009 12:49 am ET

Mickey Roarke will have the best 2009 ever as an actor.

amy   January 28th, 2009 12:49 am ET

dang, mickey, you are hot!

Ferone Kronstein   January 28th, 2009 12:49 am ET

It is so good to see that Mickey is BACK!!! Keep up the good work.

Edie   January 28th, 2009 12:49 am ET


I knew you would get your groove back and all good things come to those that wait.

Watched your career rise from the beginning.

Still a huge fan. Loved you then and love you still.

Would look amazing and you must win the Oscar.

Make more movies and take care of yourself!

Brian   January 28th, 2009 12:51 am ET

Mickey is a lost treasure...glad he's been getting back in the game...good luck Mick...look forward to seeing what's next. Look forward to seeing you holding that oscar in February too!

Janet   January 28th, 2009 12:51 am ET

I think Mickey Rourke deserves his nomination.He has the intensity of Marlon Brando.I have been a fan throughout his career.Keep it up!

Brian   January 28th, 2009 12:52 am ET

Great interview with Mickey. He seems to finely be getting it right. Can't wait to see him in his next role.

Trenton   January 28th, 2009 12:54 am ET

Chris Jericho!!! Your a WWE wrestler, get a life dude. You don't intimidate anyone.

robert   January 28th, 2009 12:54 am ET

i will fight chris jericho barenuckles and he wont ever fight anyone ever again because I am in his world also.

chris   January 28th, 2009 12:56 am ET

Mickey Rourke has ten times the class of Chris Jericho.

Kenny   January 28th, 2009 12:56 am ET

What was that bizarre interaction between Rourke and Jericho? Was it a publicity stunt, or is Chris Jericho just really out of touch with reality?

frank shamrock   January 28th, 2009 12:56 am ET

mickey, you would whip jerico. hes got no chin. frank

Lynne   January 28th, 2009 12:57 am ET

I appreciate the way Mickey handled Chris' attempt to set him up! That exchange made me have more respect for Mickey and none for the wrestler.

Ms.Mac   January 28th, 2009 12:57 am ET

Chris what's his face is really trying hard with the publicity. Can it, Chris.
No one likes a cocky crybaby on TV. Just because Mickey got a Globe for his performance and all you get is a bunch of 14 year olds putting your poster on their walls, doesn't mean you have to be combative ninny.

Bravo Mickey for taking the high road. It's nice to see a real man be amazing on LKing.

I met Mickey in Miami a few years ago and spent lunch with him and he was gracious and humble just as he is now. Only good luck for the future.

robert   January 28th, 2009 12:57 am ET

We are all scared of Chris Jericho. oh my. What a joke actually trying to intimidate people on larry king. gees

Michele Schmidt from Easton PA   January 28th, 2009 12:58 am ET

Mickey I support you 100%. I admire you for this comeback. Everyone has lessons to learn and nobody is perfect. I have a few struggles myself of lesson learning and I look up to you to have overcome your struggles. Stay strong and sexy as you are now and were back then. Struggles are hard to overcome. Godspeed babe

George   January 28th, 2009 12:58 am ET

Why did you have to let this Chris Jericho character screw up a perfectly good interview? What a childish joke on what was a really good piece on Rourke.

TK CARTER   January 28th, 2009 12:58 am ET

Hey Mickey, just wanted to say congrats. We go way back and you are always a winner to me. It's your time once again to Win and continue to win. Protect it with your heart. You will win the Oscar. Your buddy Actor TK CARTER. Thanks for your acting tips on the movie Dominoe.

Give Mickey the respect he deserves   January 28th, 2009 12:58 am ET

Hey, Mr. Jericho,
Give Mickey the respect he deserves. Learn something from him. His humility. He did accept that he didn't mean to offend you so why push him. By saying you don't respect a man who has worked hard and inspires many of us. Shame on you for being so rude to him. you think you looked cool. No you didn't.

Tom Turpin   January 28th, 2009 12:58 am ET

Mickey, Great to see you back! Chris Jericho, you really embarassed yourself tonight!

Matt Cavanaugh   January 28th, 2009 12:59 am ET

It was good to see Mickey Rourke be the bigger man when talking to that pro-wrestler just now. Seriously, Mickey admitted to putting his foot in his mouth and apologized, yet that jerk had the audacity to say he didn't have respect for Mr. Rourke. It was simply a testament to Mickey Rourke. It was actually funny to to see the pro wrestler act so childish and see Mr. Rourke act so cool when he had every right to lash back. Cheers to Mickey Rourke, probably one of the greatest living actors.

jill   January 28th, 2009 12:59 am ET

i am a huge fan of mickey's. i think because he reminds me of my uncle, both in his career and personally. i am so happy he found his way back. the human spirit is an amazing thing, he is due so some happiness. go out and reap your rewards. one of my all favorite movies is the bar fly, if you can belive this i cry every time i watch this. i am only 32 and a woman so to be crying while watching this movie or any of his films sounds a little odd. i cannt wait to see his new movie the wrestler, i know i will not be disappointed. i love this guy.

Raima   January 28th, 2009 1:01 am ET

I'm looking forward to the match between Mickey & Chris. And I bet, Chris will definitely win.

Mickey's movie may be the bomb, but I do not think that he can beat Chris Jericho. I wish both of you the best of luck. See ya at the ring!

lee podeszek   January 28th, 2009 1:01 am ET

Last time I saw your name was in the paper for dwi on moped. I m glad your back missed watching you in the movies. I hope you get more roles in films. Good Luck


Pam   January 28th, 2009 1:01 am ET

This is for Micky Rourke. Chris Jericho, to me is a smart _ _ _. Someday someone will knock the chip off of his shoulder. For someone being a professional wrestler, he should not act like a hard _ _ _ on Larry's show. If he does call you out to box, I hope you turn him down, you show him who the better man is, life isn't about fighting. Mickey I've watched you in alot of movies, I think you are a great actor. Good Luck in everything you do.

Edward   January 28th, 2009 1:02 am ET

Dear Larry,
I truly believe you to be one of the greatest talents of all time. Well, at least since television has been around. lol
As a previous worker for Amtrak I had the pleasure of serving you.
Coffee and a newspaper is all you ever ask for. Awesome. Quite the gentleman.
About last evenings show.
Mickey Rourke is the/could of/kind of, is one of the best actors of our generation... Hooray for him. I hope to see more of him in the future.
He puts everything into a role that most actors don't even conceive of
putting in a role. God Bless him and you and yours...

Amber Crosby   January 28th, 2009 1:03 am ET

Mickey Rourke...You are a Class Act!

Chris Jerico consistantly contradicted his comments towards Mr. Rourke, and was seeking publicity and ratings for himself.

virginia   January 28th, 2009 1:03 am ET

i was really disappointed with chris jericho's display of bravado. he behaved like a little boy who believed he needed to save face. after all of the positive steps your country has taken (i'm canadian) it almost seems out of sorts that we would have to be subjected to jericho's display of immaturity. he should learn from rourke and "take the high road" of humility. way to go mickey. can't wait to see the movie.

sherry Casacky   January 28th, 2009 1:04 am ET

What type of dog does Mickey Rourke have at this time?

Any chance of communicating with mr. Rourke re: his love for dogs?

thank you.......peace Sherry Casacky

Daniel   January 28th, 2009 1:05 am ET

I am a huge fan of Larry King but I did not like the interview with Mickey Rourke. The interesting facts that were in the bottom of the screen never came up in the interview. The part with Jericho was out of place and outright embarassing. If Rourke wants to help to give support to wrestling it is a strange way to encourage it from Jericho. It is persons like him that makes most americans think wrestling is ridiculuos.

Mickey Rourke is a legend with one of the most interesting stories in Hollywood. Sorry that did not came up more in the interview.

Tyler   January 28th, 2009 1:06 am ET

It was good seeing Mickey on the show. Really nice to see that he is doing well. I do need to say that I have lost all respect for Chris Jericho. Mickey showed some real class while being put in the awkward situation he was put in on live tv.

Ana   January 28th, 2009 1:07 am ET

It was interesting to witness the contrast between young Chris Jericho who is still so full of ego and hasn't yet learned how to be gracious and Micky who like a fine wine has matured and is more understanding , gentle and kind.

Jill Eysoldt   January 28th, 2009 1:09 am ET

I was just watching the interview with Mr Rourke and Chris Jericho....I am astonished at how FRAGILE Chris Jericho's ego must be to be so offended so easily. I equate his behavior with that of 3 year old having a temper tantrum. I thought his anger was a joke at first, then I realized that he was honestly offended at Mr. Rourke's comments on the red carpet..He's no world champ at anything, he's a fragile child. I don't care what he has accomplished as a wrestler because he has failed as a human being.
I wish Mr.Rourke all the success and happiness his comeback will bring. Everybody deserves a second chance and I couldn't be happier for him. The long road he has traveled has built character,strength and humility that far outshines anything that Chris Jericho has ever done or will do in my eyes. What a loser!

ed ,vancouver canada   January 28th, 2009 1:10 am ET

The people of palestine will never be happy.
This is the way of martyrdom.
Jews get along in every other country with everyone.
Why are palestine having trouble?
Time will tell as they will try some more stunts.
They claim victory but got killed 100 to 1
Next time they will kill all their own citizens.
They took a break because of the u.s. inauguration,but can not resist and believe it,will stir up some more.
Very sad,money could be spent on food intead of rocket.

Mari   January 28th, 2009 1:10 am ET

Great interview! He responded with such class and maturity to Chris Jericho's comments! Right on, Mickey!! Add me to your fan list – You Won Me Over!! 🙂 Chris' huge ego and immaturity was a turn off!

George Hanuschak   January 28th, 2009 1:10 am ET

Just watched the show am glad Rourke is getting recognition for the amazing job he did in the Wrestler. However, what was the point of the Chris Jericho double interview? All it really did was give a chance to see someone who only WWE fans care about talk negatively to Rourke, who is now humble enough not to take the bate for some pointless confrontation. Jericho let his massive ego show through third person references and arrogant statements. Button line Larry, who really cares if Jericho doesn't have respect for Rourke. This is real life, not WWE, keep it that way.

Shaun   January 28th, 2009 1:11 am ET

I wanna know when the next Bukowski novel will feature Mr. Rourke again? Barfly is one of my all time favorite movies!!! Genius writing and performance.

Michael   January 28th, 2009 1:12 am ET

Chris Jericho proved tonight that neanderthal men still walk the Earth. As a child, "I was taught that sticks and stones may break...etc". Perhaps Mr Jericho needs a hug and a good cry to cope with the off-kiltering statements made by the far more talented Mickey Rourke. Better yet, an 8 week anger management course for preteens...

Mr. T   January 28th, 2009 1:14 am ET

Mr.King I want to say that Mickey has made a come back..and chris jerico needs to grow up and understand that Mickey did not mean any harm by his comments.For jerko to verbally attack him over and over was pretty imature and pathetic and showed NO class Great job Mickey keep up the great work in the ARTS..

ed ,vancouver canada   January 28th, 2009 1:16 am ET

why doesn't chris invite mike tyson out for a match?

Mari   January 28th, 2009 1:17 am ET

P.S. I loved when Mickey said, (Good luck, or something), Son! LOL.. That was classic!

Tracy from San Diego   January 28th, 2009 1:22 am ET

Congratulations! I can't wait to see The Wrestler. You handled that creep perfectly tonight. Mr. Jericho is quite obviously jealous of you. I know you are a proud man and would love to kick his A$$ (and could), but you are a superstar again and have nothing to prove, so don't waste your time worrying about proving a loser is a loser! Everyone knew who you were well before tonight. I couldn't even recall that jerk's first name after the show – I had to check the other comments. You are in a league far above him...stay there and please keep the movies coming!

carmen   January 28th, 2009 1:23 am ET

Mickey rourke i love u!! great to see u back in the saddle again!!!
loved u in harley-davidson & the marlbro man u are still sexxy

Laura   January 28th, 2009 1:29 am ET

I watch Larry every night but right now I am completely disgusted with what happened on the show tonight! How dare you let that wrestling loser on the show to humiliate Micky, who is always a gentlemen. I mean, it seemed like a "Jerry Springer" thing to do and I am very disappointed with CNN and with the Larry King show. I think Micky handled himself very well and has nothing to be ashamed of. However if I was him, I would never do the Larry King show again. Pathetic!

hans   January 28th, 2009 1:32 am ET

Well, I just wanted to comment that I found the whole exchange between Chris Jericho and Mickey to be very juvenile and unpleasant. I'm decidedly unimpressed with that sort of lame, overdone, archaic and unnecessary macho posturing. In a world already beset by war and squabbling and hostility, One would hope that men could get along without the same pathetic age old testosterone and ego driven crap.

Get a REAL life. I'm certainly not going to pay to see fighting OR violence and I wish you wouldn't promote it.

Tessie Vergara   January 28th, 2009 1:32 am ET

What a guy. He threw back the verbal punches from the pro wresler with such cool dignity and high degree of professionalism. Thank you for your long overdue comeback. Certainly, actors of your calibre must never fade away. Way to go, Mickey Rourke.

Lee from San Francisco   January 28th, 2009 1:37 am ET

I just want to affirm the comments about Chris Jericho's behavior – how out of line, immature and offensive! I hope he sees all these comments about how he was perceived.

Mike   January 28th, 2009 2:11 am ET

Chris, you are out of line. I mean was Rourke's performance that good that you feel threatend he may have your job? You need to sit the f- down. There is no room for you to be talking out the side of your neck like that. You are not as badass as you think Mr. Y2Joke. I think since you feel this need to prove yourself, you should get down with somebody in the octagon. I mean, if you really were a badass you would be fighting MMA. I hope your people at WWE saw this episode of Larry King and hold you to account, and perhaps they can set-up an MMA bout for you so you can prove yourself. You are a punk if you don't.
Scratch that, that ain't right. You are a PUNK regaurdless!

Mickey you are a good man. I've always admired your work and am glad your are being recognized now for it. Congrats on everthing. One day at a time my man, one day at a time.

Bob R.   January 28th, 2009 2:14 am ET

Mickey you are the best! Your performance in "The Wrestler" was great! Welcome back. Please consider a book or movie on your life, there is alot of us like you. It would be a help to alot of us. Please don't disappear on us again, we love you.

ed ,vancouver canada   January 28th, 2009 2:22 am ET

its the steroids .
it causes that type of behavior.
just like the grade three bully.
sooner or later they seem to run into a gun somewhere.
the world is full of tough dead people .

Bobbi   January 28th, 2009 3:10 am ET

Tom P.,

Thanks for your comments. A much-needed reality check! I do need to stand back and consider just how much Rourke's career did suffer. I remember the comparisons to Brando in the 80s, when he didn't have anywhere to go but up. But just like that, poof, it was over for him...the big roles, the big bucks. And to have him come back in such a big way like this, it's only natural for people to want to know what happened and how he's pulled iit off. He'll inspire a lot of people if he decides to share his war stories, Just the fact that he's where he today is inspiration enough!

But look what happened on Larry King tonight (Chris Jericho), Good grief, Was that bizarre, or what? Was it real? If it wasn't, how did things go so horribly wrong? From what I've read here tonight, if you're going to mess with Mickey Rourke, you'lll have to deal with some angry fans! Isn't that great? I guess that's kind of how I feel when I see journalists pimping him for information about his personal just looks so painful for him. Thanks again for your comments, Tom!

joeremi   January 28th, 2009 3:24 am ET

Larry, I hope you address this Jericho thing tomorrow night. i doubt you saw it coming, but you should have shut him down. What the hell is Rourke doing promoting wrestling anyway? The last thing he needs is to be identified with the wring again.

Andrew Pomeroy   January 28th, 2009 3:39 am ET

I enjoyed the Mickey Rourke interview. I'm glad he took "the high road" and did not respond to that WWE idiot. Through pain comes wisdom.

Janet   January 28th, 2009 3:39 am ET

Mickey I am so proud of you tonight, the way you handled yourself
with Jericho. He just wouldn't stop. You were so gracious
back he sounded like a fool going on and on. When he said
he didn't respect you that did it, I wanted to punch him myself.
You still held it together and wished him well and even told
him he was looking sharp tonight!! Watching you through
the years you always had a twinkle in your eyes with that
smile. Carisma and you still have it. But now there is even
more to you. Your heart and spirit is coming
through. Your life is going through a good journey
now. I just waited 6wks for a puppy a little Yorkie
my Christmas present. I have the cutest picture
of it. After 6 wks of calling and asking how he is
doing we were scammed. There never was a
puppy. I hope he doesn't do it to someone else, I
was heart broken. A lot of heart aches in this world.
Best Wishes to you always.

OLLIE LOVELACE   January 28th, 2009 3:50 am ET

First I want to say congratulations on your nominations. You deserver them all and more. My fav movie of yours was 9.5 weeks... I know long time ago, but I've always loved ya and I'm proud to see you back, more humble than ever and still a total ladies man :). Best wishes to ya hun!

sheila myers   January 28th, 2009 3:54 am ET

Hi Mr King and Mr Rourke,

I just wanted to compliment Mickey's performance in the movie, 'The Wrestler.' It was well researched before the filming. As a daughter of someone who owns an indy company (Eastern Townships Wrestling Association) it hit the mark exactly. It reminded me a lot of the wrestlers that wrestle for his company.

and as a side note, jericho was very rude, and I'd love to see the bare knuckled boxing match between Mr Rourke and Chris.

capmotion   January 28th, 2009 3:57 am ET

Why did you give extended time to Chris Jericho's response and threats to Mickey Rourke. I thought that was tasteless of you. One comment by Jericho because Rourke had implicitly asked for it would have been okay, but to keep the screens open for the ongoing gorillaesque bellicosity from Jericho was utterly inappropriate.

Dan   January 28th, 2009 4:06 am ET

Dear Larry and Mickey;
I have to say to Mickey that from a lot of mens standpoint, he's one of the best actors and has played some of the most impressive parts over his Carreer. Mickey, you always play roles that most men would love to have experienced in their own lives, my favorite being Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man. It's great to see you back in action because you've been missed on the big screen.
I'm disappointed that Chris Jericho took the stance that he did in the interview, and I have to give Mickey the greatest respect for giving the wrestling world respect. I only wish that Chris could have given Mickey the respect that HE deserved also. As usual, a wrestler has to take the challenging attitude rather than show any graciousness towards someone else. Chris tried to show some, but it was NOT believable in my estimation.
I'm proud that Mickey has accompished so much, and the things that he's gone through over the years has made him the great actor that he is.

ed ,vancouver canada   January 28th, 2009 5:06 am ET


Larry Schlesinger   January 28th, 2009 5:54 am ET

Mickey....i think your best movie by far is Angel Heart – what was it like making the film? What are your thoughts on it looking back?

Moe   January 28th, 2009 5:57 am ET

I think to fall all the way to the bottom, to go through life from deep within those pits, then to rise again to the top is a remarkable success story that should inspire one and all. Mr Rourke, you have touched many lives here in South Africa with your courage and perseverence. Good Luck for the future and we hope to see you here soon.

David Croswell   January 28th, 2009 6:38 am ET

I thought the interview with Mickey Rourke was fantastic. Although I have seen very few of his movies I think he is currently starring in one of the best roles available – being a better person. I was trying to figure out if Chris Jericho's involvment was some show biz posturing but from Mickey's reaction I think even he was a little surprised by it. Jericho referred to him as Mr. Rourke so many times he reminded me of Tattoo from Fantasy Island...which is exactly the world that Chris Jericho lives in.

lola   January 28th, 2009 7:27 am ET

I'm not sure what Larry King was thinking when he let Jericho say all of that to Mickey Rourke. MIckey Rourke needs to be commended for handling both of you so well. That was disturbing.

marcia S   January 28th, 2009 8:33 am ET

Larry, I think two things about your interview with Mickey Rourke. The first being there were too many commercial breaks, far too many. And having the wrestler call in for a one on one with Mickey was exploitive, and beyond that mean spirited. It was not necessary to the conversation which was about the return of Mickey to big roles. I was disgusted at the wrestler's (Chris) attitude. You need to look at last night's interview and see how many commercial breaks you was very off-putting.

Mary Gariffe   January 28th, 2009 9:10 am ET

The Mickey Rourke interview was dreadful. Plus, Chris Jerrico? I was yelling at the tv to get that slug off. Mickey was clearly embarrassed but held on. I don't like the Larry King blog flogging either. I feel it is insulting to the guest. I hope MR comes back, for an hour. I agree completely with Marcia S.

Carol Sperreli   January 28th, 2009 9:18 am ET

All I could think about while watching Chris Jericho verbally attack Mickey is GET OFF THE 'ROIDS AND CALM DOWN!!!!!

Paul F.   January 28th, 2009 9:43 am ET

Hat's off to Mickey, boy we all have had hard times in our lives and he had his for sure. Too bad a punk like Jerico is only half the man that Mickey is. I think Jerico has been pretending to be a wrestler so long, he actually thinks he is! At least Mickey was smart enough to know the difference between Boxing and fake wrestling and took the high road. A "class" act. Larry, what could have been a show of "hope" for all of us, you allowed to become one of a punk physically threatening a true and decent man....shame!

Cheryl (Philadelphia)   January 28th, 2009 9:51 am ET

Mickey's comeback is wonderful and long overdue. I was so happy to see him on Larry King. But, I am appalled at Larry allowing Jericho on the show. I am deeply offended by Larry's actions and Jericho's behavior. Mickey is too good a person to be antagonized by Jericho – it's almost like Larry used Mickey. Shame on you, Larry. Mickey, keep up the good work – you inspire us all!

prescott   January 28th, 2009 10:03 am ET

Mickey Rourke is the man. Its not a matter of him "being back" he never left. As Oscar Wilde, he lives his art. He is so much of what I remember LA to be, early Brando, James Dean and Bukowski. I can see him haunting the ring at the old Olympic downtown. He is Arturo Bandini. Congratulations to a life well lived.   January 28th, 2009 10:15 am ET

I think the comments by Chris Jericho were completely disrespectful. Mickey did not appear to want to start trouble and Chrisbut he kept on pushing the issue and it appeared he was probably on steroid rage...Chris needs to grow up and possibly take some lesson from Mickey.

Policy Man   January 28th, 2009 10:43 am ET

Hey Larry,
if that was for real last night, I've got three words for Mickey...PAY-PER-VIEW!$!$ (great book!)

susan   January 28th, 2009 10:46 am ET

Wow- I have always been a fan of Mickeys- he is beyond talented- I love the fact that he has moved through alot and returned with a greater sense of self and humility. His self awareness is so endearing-
I found his response to the idiot Chris Jericho phenominal and and clear indication that he was mature, self aware, and "a man" -He did not crawl into the gutter with CJ who obviosly has not learned some important life lessons-
Jericho only made himself look like an immature boy-thug, arrogant and an idiot–
The contrast between he and Mickey spoke volumes- No need to get into a ring to determine who is the MAN-
I could have hugged Mickey last nite, wow– you are awesome!

Kelly Fitzgerald   January 28th, 2009 10:53 am ET

I watched the Mickey Rourke interview, it is very humbling to see someone with another chance at life being so humble! He deserves every opportunity to succeed. It was unfortunate that such a positive story was exploited with the appearance of Chris Jerrico and I think the Larry King show should have made a statement to discount this guy's appearance.

patricia previte   January 28th, 2009 11:05 am ET

Mickey! So GREAT to have you back! From Body Heat to the Wrestler, your talent is as huge as your heart. You've always been one of our most gifted and charismatic actors and having worked so hard to overcome the past has only sharpened your skills. Congrats on the success of The Wrestler (loved it!!).

You were also very kind and gracious to the ridiculous Chris Jericho last night. What a big baby! Love you, Mick!

vivian   January 28th, 2009 11:44 am ET

Rourke has done more for the wrestling world than anybody I know. I never watched a wrestling match until I saw the movie. He brought interest to the sport from people who the industry would have never touched. The professional wrestler that told Rourke that he had no respect for him was showing America his true insecurties and lack of class. Ego Ego Ego! If he stopped to look at the big picture, he would understand that Rourke has "positively" added to the careers of ALL wrestlers.
Vivian, Pasadena

Kristine Mevs   January 28th, 2009 11:53 am ET

Chris Jericho's hard words made me cringe during last night's show. He just kept going on and on! After, Mickey Rourke took the " high road", admitted putting his foot in his mouth, apologized and so forth, Jericho kept hassling him. It's obvious, Mickey Rourke must feel on top of the world and at the same time, a little " all eyes on him, anxiety". He admitted early on in the interview, he had the talent and nothing else, like handling the media- Heath Ledger was also like this. All cannot be as arrogant and charasmatic as Chris Jericho, I do not watch WWE, I only see when one od's and it's brought up on the news. Why did Larry King show have to let that happen, bring C.J on to embarrass M.R? I'm on M.R's side for the dog comments alone and his grace at responding to C.J's words and evil eye. C.J probably has a dogfighting setup in his backyard! Thumbs down, Chris Jericho. I cannot express enough how uncomfortable that made me feel. M.R, probably being BOMBARDED with questions in relation to the WWE used the very best's name. C.J could grow a sense of humor and not be so girl-like!

pattyp   January 28th, 2009 1:08 pm ET


You could have done a better job in controlling the Mickey Rourke interview when Chris Jericho was hogging his 15 minutes. We were all there to see Mickey, a real talent, not some carnival act making a fool of himself. Come on, Larry, we expect better of you.

Sonya   January 28th, 2009 1:11 pm ET

I just want to congratulate Mickey Rourke for his comments to CJ. What a complete idiot Cj made of himself. Mr. Rourke, CJ gave you every opportunity to stoop to his level and you didn't. For that, you have my utmost respect. I don't even like wrestling, but now I'll go see your movie!
Also, I am a middle school teacher and I will use your experience as an example with my class. CJ is no role model for today's adolescents- we need people willing to do and say the right thing in uncomfortable situations. Mr. Rourke, you are a winner to me!

tara   January 28th, 2009 1:12 pm ET

I cannot believe what i heard last night on Larry King, reagrding stupid Chris Jericho and the talented Mickey Rourke. How dare Jericho talk to Rourke like that, he has no respect! Yeah ,maybe Rourke got a little excited by saying what he said, but it was his time to shine, Rourke meant well. Rourke is too mature to take Jericho on. Rourke should know that he is and always will be a very great talented actor, he just has it. It's sad that when young people like Jericho take fame to their head, they think they have power to put people down and think it's cute. What Jericho needs to do now, is apologize to Rourke and say he was just giving him a hard time. Jericho showed no class. Jericho made a complete fool of him self, what a loser...

Tina Maron   January 28th, 2009 1:15 pm ET

Larry, Larry, Larry, how could you let your show with Mickey Rourke get so out of control? I thought Jericho was not only rude, but completely out of line. He showed what an A_ _ he is. Mickey was gracious and extremely controlled....where did you go? You should of stopped Jericho. If he is ever on your show again you can be assured I will change the channel. I send my compliments to Mickey Rourke on how he handled the situation with class. Here's to the Oscars.

Pete   January 28th, 2009 1:24 pm ET

I've been a long-time fan of Mickey's starting with the Pope of Greenwich Village which I just watched again last weekend. The guy is not perfect and I respect that. I was pleased with his responses to that Jericho tool, whoever he is, but was disappointed that Mickey couldn't resist the temptation to engage in a bare knuckle boxing match with him. That's the kind of thing that always seems to get him in trouble. He just can't seem to blow off the morons like Jericho that tug at him. Mickey: Welcome back, man and best of luck to you. Jericho: There is always someone who is bigger and badder out there and I hope he is looking for you right now.

Kimberly O   January 28th, 2009 1:46 pm ET

Chris Jericho exchange was embarassing. Come on, why did you put Mickey on the spot like that. Stupidity factory went way up when you aired this. Please don't do it again.

Denise Cavaretta   January 28th, 2009 1:59 pm ET

Great interview. Mickey Rourke has definately taken the higher road and this was evident as he kept his composure and dignity while a very rude, mean spirited and full of himself Chris Jericho shamed himself on national television. Yes they are both from two different worlds, Mickey Rourke is a man of character and Chris Jericho has yet to understand what that means. Thanks, Mickey for taking the higher road once again last night, you graciously won the round. I don't know you but I am really proud of you.


Roo   January 28th, 2009 2:01 pm ET

Rourke: You are a decent and wonderful gent. Stay well, and keep making movies.

Jericho: Your walls have come down, and we can all see now that there is nothing there.

Steve Barnes   January 28th, 2009 2:28 pm ET

I watched Larry King's interview of Mickey Rourke, and Chris Jericho.
Mickey Rourke definitely deserves loads of respect for regaining control of his life, after dealing with such difficulties, to playing such a fine role (even winning a Golden Globe for his performance). My hat is off to you, Mickey. Between Mickey Rourke and Chris Jericho, Mickey came out to be "the much better man". Mickey extended his respect for Chris, eventhough it wasn't necessary. If Chirs Jericho does not extend to Mickey Rourke, any respect, it is no big loss to Mickey.

Keep up the good work, Mickey. Just think about Oscar Night.

Belle   January 28th, 2009 2:46 pm ET

I think Mickey Rourke was the only one there last night that knew the proper thing to do. very disappointing. it made me cringe.

dorian rayn   January 28th, 2009 2:52 pm ET

What is CNN trying to pull by introducing Jericho into the segment? Why did CNN do that? I felt really bad for Rourke to be lambasted by Jericho on national TV that way. I hope Rourke stays focused on his acting, and doesn't get goaded into getting into the ring again to prove he's a MAN! The media just uses people by goading them into doing things that help only the media – Rourke himself admitted in the interview that he is naive. Even looking at the comments here leave me shaking my head: 'Rourke can take Jericho anyday" "Rourke will kick his ass.." Its all so childish. Listen Mickey-you are an ACTOR, not a boxer, not a wrestler-you have been given another chance-don't blow it this time.

jackie   January 28th, 2009 3:19 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.

Lea Cozzette   January 28th, 2009 3:20 pm ET

I think Mickey did such a fantastic job in The Wrestler I had never seen any of his movies but I am an instant fan and I look forward to anything
he will do in the future. I think Chris J made a real ASS out of himself
talking to Mickey that way but Mickey held his own and was a real genteman while under attack. Chris J isn't half the man Mickey Rourke is and will never be he showed how immature and insecure
he really is or he wouldn't have talked to Mickey that way. I just have to say Mickey you are my kinda guy cool you do your own thing and the fact that your dogs mean the world to you I can understand that too.
I just can't say enough about how much I loved what you did and
what a great actor I think you are. I hope to see more from you soon.
I really have to say one last thing Mickey you are HOT and in a class by yourself.

Best Wishes Mickey,

D.E.   January 28th, 2009 3:52 pm ET

Chris Jericho:
Grow up already. Mikey apologized to you and you kept at it. Did it make you feel good? Well it made you look stupid. You're so called "world" is fake. I think in a few years of getting back into the groove Mikey would knock you out in a boxing match. To say that you don't respect him shows your ignorance. You could have handled the slight against you with dignity man, and help show the world that though Wrestling is fake, the wrestlers are not. It's obvious you like hearing yourself speak because you wouldn't SHUT UP!!! Too bad you didn't have something really positive and moving to say. Way to be a role model...idiot.

GeeMac   January 28th, 2009 3:58 pm ET

I just watched the abbreviated comments from the interview with Rourke on and I was offended by the hostility displayed by Chris Jericho! Why would Larry allow this idiot to be on the show and not interrupt him as he disrespected Mickey Rourke. Mr Rourke did not get baited into a silly exchange with this idiot and Larry, instead of instigating should have cut off Jericho.

From what I've read from the other comments, Mickey's interview was very good but was ruined by allowing this ego-maniacal Jericho interrupt and show what a tasteless a$$hole he is!

Steve H   January 28th, 2009 4:10 pm ET

I am severely disappointed in what I saw on LKL last night during the Mickey Rourke interview. WHY oh WHY did Larry let Chris 'Tattoo" Jericho come on the show and try and pick a fight with "Mr. Rourke"?? Yes,...I am calling C Jericho "Tattoo" because he said "Mr. Rourke" more times in that interview than Herve Villachez used to say it in an entire 1 hour episode opf Fantasy Island!!! It is painfully obvious that he (Tattoo) was ONLY on the show for some shock value and to try and get Mickey to say or do something worthy of E entertainment TV. C'mon Larry you are better than that...and Tattoo needs to lighten up and just shut-up about Mickey. MIckey apologized for his remarks and Tattoo still wouldn't let up! The Plane! The Plane!!

MJ Shaw   January 28th, 2009 4:30 pm ET


Just watched the clip with Mickey Rourke and Chris Jericho... Jericho is a little whiny baby, isn't he? He also seems to lack any sense of humor. I can't believe he was so in Mickey's face about some stupid comment concerning a likely fictitious challenge (Mickey doesn't impress me as thoroughly stupid). And then when Mickey said he'd never face Chris in a wrestling match, as that wasn't his "world", but would be more capable with bare knuckle fighting, as that was his world, Jericho got bristly again...

Then to top it all off, Jericho says he is glad Mickey has respect for him, but that he has no respect for Mickey... Newsflash, Chrissy-boy, I personally have a whole heck of a lot more respect for Mickey Rourke than I could ever possibly have for you. Mickey has seen the depths of hell in this world and has pulled himself out... I'll respect that in anyone. Chris Jericho, on the other hand, seems to be a pampered little princess...

What a jacka– this Chris Jericho is. Hell, he even referred to himself in the third person. I don't know about you, but in my book anyone who refers to themself by name has some serious self-identity and confidence issues...

I wonder if Chris Jericho is over compensating for something he's lacking... Like being a "real" man or something... He probably even wants to beat me up (5'4" female) now for calling him a princess... HaHa

Well bring it, Christy Jericho! I'll take any beating you could give, and I'd take it like a MAN: something you're quite unfamiliar with being...

christine cable   January 28th, 2009 4:37 pm ET

Mickey, made an off hand remark on the red carpet, about a wrestler, ...and apparently offended someone!! handled it so well, last night,... .as he was trying to get you to admit your error. The balance and respect you showed for yourself, and your craft, (as an actor), were so inspiring...As you, said, 'Take the high road'., it is always the right way.

Nancy   January 28th, 2009 4:42 pm ET

Larry King had the potential for a great interview with Mickey Rourke but decided to go "Jerry Springer" and bring Chris Jericho into the discussion. Mickey has an interesting story to tell – why did Larry feel it necessary to take the interview to such a low level? I am very disappointed in Larry.

Cristina   January 28th, 2009 4:44 pm ET

I enjoyed Mickey Rourke's interview and thought he handled himself like a gentleman. It is clear that Chris Jericho is a low-life who is desperately seeking publicity.
Mickey, Glad you took the high road... wishing you the best ! I will be rooting for you during the Oscars!

Larry – LOVE YOUR SHOW!......however, Chris Jericho is beneath you... not someone I would expect you to invite to your show.

Bonnie Sams   January 28th, 2009 5:19 pm ET

I thought the interview with Mickey Rourke was raw, honest and interesting. His recent success makes one genuinely happy for him. I thought Mickey came across as gracious, especailly when repeatedly confronted by Jerico.

I think Jericho acted as a bully whose ego would not let him take the higher road even though he had at leat two opportunities to do so. Mickey made it easy for Jericho to back off without losing face and whether a true physical confrontation would yield Mickey a "win" , he is still obviously the bigger man.

I also must comment that the Larry King show lost some credibility in allowing the exchange bewteen the two of them to continue. I was uncomfortable as a viewer in watching the interaction and the producers should have cut Jericho's lead since he obviously wasn't mature enough to back off on his own.

Mike from Brookfield Ct   January 28th, 2009 5:28 pm ET

Mickey Rourje... Still a GREAT actor! Glad you to "the high road" with that clown from WWF! I wish you the best of luck. I hope you have a comeback similiar to John Travolta!

Lisa   January 28th, 2009 5:44 pm ET

Jericho made a complete fool of himself in that interview. Mickey handled it perfectly. Larry, you should have cut Chris off sooner as he was just digging himself deeper the more he spoke. All Chris did was prove how unbelievably ignorant he is.

Richard Pressman   January 28th, 2009 6:11 pm ET

Mickey Rourke is a man that has been given a second chance. I embrace his resurrection and hope his career flourishes. Good Luck and I hope you are awarded the Oscar.

On another point of the interview, Chris Jerricho is the epitome of a young, immature, aggressive gym rat. His taunting Mickey was pathetic and disdainful. I was glad to see Mickey take the high road and put that young obnoxious wipper snapper in place as he said at the end of Chris Jerricho's banter and challenge... ..".take care of yourself son.. ". That said it all.

Alison   January 28th, 2009 6:18 pm ET

It was all going so good until Jericho joined in. I was so embarrassed for his behavior & didn't think Mickey deserved that disrespect at all. Chris will never be half the man Mickey is.....

capmotion   January 28th, 2009 6:33 pm ET

Yeah, I agree with pattyp; I think I was too genteel in my comments earlier. It is inappropriate for you to invite guests on and then to hold them up to ridicule and embarassment by placing them in a position of having to respond to that sort hectoring by someone about whom the guest might have made some silly passing comment in the past. Most disappointing, Larry, most disappoining.

Santina   January 28th, 2009 6:33 pm ET

Mickey Rourke is still the man.

Chris Jericho? I'm sitting here, laughing mostly, then pausing to ask, "Who is this dope and why did he just get so much air time?" I thought it was a parody at first...He should go to SNL.

C'mon Larry. He's beneath you, AND Mickey Rourke. Rourke couldn't have handled that nat with any more tact than he did.

Bravo, Mickey. So happy to see you back. You have our vote in February.

pattyp   January 28th, 2009 6:38 pm ET

Mickey, I'm really proud of you for all you've accomplished. Especially dealing with the demons (we all have them), as well as you have. You looked very handsome last night on Larry King. Please don't get into the ring with any of those dumb asses. You have nothing to prove. Let that part of your life be over. An important new chapter has started. Enjoy it and take care of yourself – body, mind and soul. I'm expecting to see you around for a long time.

I'm sending good vibes for your Oscar win. Loved you then (Body Heat), love you now (The Wrestler). Stay strong, Mick!

iwant2rock4ever   January 28th, 2009 6:55 pm ET

jericho is a dumb ass redneck who can't come up with any more gigs to put him on the map, he had to do such a dumb thing. now everybody knows what chris is really like. lets just look at this in a smart way chris. you got a guy like mick who is the deffinition of a rebel badass. and you have you who can't act for s-.your biggest thing was wreslting which made you look gay. mickey is my boy and a lot of others have his corner. so next time you have something to say think about the outcome cause i doubt you like all of us writing about you. theres no more respect for you chris

Melisa   January 28th, 2009 7:00 pm ET

I LOVED the interview with Mickey Rourke UNTIL Chris Jericho was on! Was that a joke? That was embarrassing and totally ruined a good interview!

Luanne   January 28th, 2009 7:22 pm ET

I can't believe how many people actually think Chris Jericho was serious last night. It's all for show people. He and Mickey were in on it together. In the wrestling world you have a "heel" and a "face" (or the good guy). Jericho is the heel here and Mickey is the face. It was set up to make Jericho look like the obnoxious jerk and Mickey as the tolerant good guy who took the high road. Even Larry was about to break up after the segment. He could hardly keep a straight face when telling what was coming up after the break. Chris has been on Larry's show numerous times because in actuality he's a nice guy. This was all show to build up added heat for the upcoming Wrestlemania match. It happens every year around this time. Last year Floyd Mayweather and the Big Show were doing this same stuff. And it's a big payday for the celebrity guest at Wrestlemania so I'm sure Mickey is fine with all of this.

Joe   January 28th, 2009 7:57 pm ET

Chris Jericho is a fraud. My money would be on Mickey on a bare knuckles match. Chris is a wanna be athelete who couldn't make it in a professional sport, that is why he is a "Wrestler". Just to remind those who watch that garbage, that what you see on TV is all acting and pretend. The funny thing is is that guys like Chrissy who play pretend actually think over time they they are actually fighters. Believe you me if the "Wrestlers" on TV took a real punch they be missing their teeth and the glass jaws they all have would shatter. It is amazing that a phony steroid pumped up little gilr would act like that on TV to a real professional with real talent. Where I grew up at Chrissy would have never made it in the street.

Teal   January 28th, 2009 8:15 pm ET

I tape most everything I watch, so I just viewed the Mickey Rourke interview. I respect this man for returning to his craft in such a big way, while making it very clear that he has been humbled. I was appalled, however, when that Chris whats-his-name was invited on and went out of his way to humiliate Mr. Rourke. WHAT AN ARROGANT IDIOT! He only managed to make an ass out of himself, in my opinion. Thumbs up to Mickey for winning the Golden Globe. Hopefully (I haven't even watched the movie yet) the Oscar is on it's way to him as well. I'm glad I wrote - this is my very first time Blogging!

LiL Hulk   January 28th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Some of you guys have no clue who Chris Jericho is. He is a great guy! This whole thing with Mickey is a set up for wrestlemania! Jericho is setting himself up as the bad guy, Mickey will obviously be the good guy. Once again, Jericho is only playing his part! And he is good at what he does as you can tell by reading the post here, i mean the whole world now thinks he is a jerk which is exactly what he was shooting for. If you want to know the real chis jericho try picking up his book he wrote and reading it, very good book and i promise you will think he is a great person. Stay tuned, im sure these two will have other interviews that are similiar, wrestlemania is not until april 5th. Here is one review on his book.............

~ The Reviews Are Running Rampant ~

Chis Jericho: A Lions Tale
Imagine that This is Spinal Tap was about wrestling—and true.

...Heavyweight champion Jericho recounts his bumpy rise

to the top of professional wrestling in brash, funny, compulsively readable prose.

He gives a rambunctious tour through bargain-basement wrestling “schools” that function more like medieval torture dungeons; the rough-and-tumble Mexican and German circuits, where his life was repeatedly threatened at gunpoint; the bizarre Japanese wrestling culture, with its silent audiences and fondness for outlandish gimmicks; shady promoters more interested in copping feels than paying guarantees; and a gut-churning selection of the world’s worst hotel rooms. Nicknamed “Lion Heart,” Jericho exhibited from childhood a ferocious drive to wrestle, and his single-minded pursuit of this demanding, dangerous, often seedy and always ridiculous career is inspiring and frankly amazing—ripped-off, injured or disillusioned, he never lost faith in his beloved sport and, more incredibly, retained his sense of humor. Jericho differs from many of wrestling’s other top performers in his seemingly complete lack of ego. With self-deprecation and mordant wit, he admits to sexual snafus, humiliating gaffes in protocol (pro wrestling is governed by an unspoken code of conduct as Byzantine as that of a Regency court) and at least one horrific bout of diarrhea. The cheerfully crude author clearly enjoyed the sybaritic excesses of life on the road, but his essential decency and humble gratitude are detectable throughout, particularly in passages addressing his mother’s paralysis—ironically the result of just the sort of bad fall Jericho risked daily—and the tragic accidents that ended the lives of friends and peers. The cannily structured memoir focuses on Jericho’s early career in various small-time outfits. He saves the story of his joining wrestling’s major leagues for the book’s final pages.

A born storyteller, he understands that losers are funnier than winners,

struggle is more compelling than success and a happy ending is all the sweeter after a miserable beginning.

“Low-down, funny and as bracing as a body slam.”

– Kirkus 8/15

Kirkus Literary Journal Review

LiL Hulk   January 28th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Chris Jericho was honored with the "Wrestler of the Year" award in the 29th annual Wrestling Observer Newsletter readership awards announced last week. Jericho beat out Edge by a mere 30 votes. Here is the final voting tally:

1. CHRIS JERICHO (139)1,198
2. Edge (116)1,168
3. Shawn Michaels (157)1,111
4. Keiji Muto (97)976
5. Nigel McGuinness (45)658
6. John Cena (73)595
7. Shingo Takagi (57)449
8. Cibernetico (53)377
9. Kurt Angle (32)275
10. Bryan Danielson (12)215

Jericho is the one wrestling Mickey at mania because jericho is THE best wrestler! He will actually make the match look good and WWE will probably even let Mickey win the match.

LiL Hulk   January 28th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I mean reading these post it is so apparent that none of you watch wrestling. I have been laughing the whole time reading these post. Jericho is a bad guy in wrestling and he is supposed to be a jerk, mean, rude, etc......thats his part. Mickey Rourke is supposed to make an apppearance at wrestelmania this yr, which is wrestlings biggest payperview of the yr, he will be built up as the good guy while Jericho will be playing his normal part as the bad guy.

This is from A wrestling site.

WWE is playing up the spat for all it’s worth, even without pledging that Rourke will show up at WrestleMania.

A WWE spokesperson told Reuters that "Rourke is still in talks" to appear at WrestleMania. ”You never know what’s going to happen at the 25th anniversary of WrestleMania.”

Mike   January 28th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Sorry, but I dont feel the same way lil hulk. 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.? 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.

LiL Hulk   January 28th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Just wait a couple of wks, you will see where this is going. Larry King did the samething with Mayweather the boxer last yr. Mayweather was on the show and so was the big show, they had words and it led to there fight at wrestlemania. Mayweather made over 2million bucks for his appearance last yr at mania as he was the big celeb last yr. Rourke will also make a lot of money doing the same this yr. By the time Mania rolls around on april 4th you will think these 2 guys hate each other and want to kill each other. Hell, a lot of people that are on here posting will probably tune in to see what happens which is exactly what they are shooting for. Just wait and see....

Mike   January 28th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

OK. I hope your right. I missed the whole Mayweather / Big Show thing and did'nt know it started on LKL. And your right, people will want to know how this turns out. If this is a publicity stunt, it's a good one. I just don't like seeing people getting thier feeling hurt. And I know how that sounds, but after everthing Mickey has been thru just to get publicly humliated on national T.V. I thought was out of line.

JDP   January 28th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

well, what the heck was that mess with chris jericho?? i know wrestling is "show," etc; but the bit with chris jericho was a complete waste of valuable time during the interview with the incredi ble mickey rourke.
only 30 mins with mickey, 10 of which were commercials. i'm sure i'm not the only person who would have liked an entire hour of larry interviewing mickey rourke.
mickey, you'e an amazing actor, a beautiful person both inside & outside. i loved your movies from the beginning & am so happy you are back; almost cried when you thanked your dogs.

LiL Hulk   January 28th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

I hear what your saying. But I promise you he is just setting up the part for mania. He will have the whole world behind him when the match takes place, he will be the ultimate good guy with everyone rooting for him, and Jericho will be the ultimate bad guy. The thing I hate is that usually when wrestlemania has a match like this the celeb will win somehow which will make Jericho look bad.

'The Wrestler' Mickey Rourke ready to rumble for real in Houston

By The Associated Press

HOUSTON – Listen up wrestlin' fans, actor Mickey Rourke says he's ready to rumble with Canadian WWE superstar Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania 25 in Reliant Stadium April 5.

Rourke portrays professional wrestler Randy the Ram in the acclaimed movie "The Wrestler." He's signed to wrestle Jericho, for real.

He made a surprise announcement Sunday night on the red carpet before the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.

He said he was pleased by the acceptance of the movie by all the WWE wrestlers – except Jericho.

Then Rourke said he was going to toss Jericho "around the ring like tossed salad."

Meanwhile, Jericho, appearing on WWE television, said, Rourke was out of line and that he was offended by Rourke's comments. He said Rourke made "a mistake."

Jericho, whose real name is Christopher Keith Irvine, is the son of former NHL veteran Ted Irvine and was raised in his father's home town of Winnipeg, although he was born on Long Island, N.Y.

LiL Hulk   January 28th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

Last yr on Larry King Live. Undefeated boxing champ floyd Maywether Jr vs The Big Show. I think Rourke vs Jericho will be better than this.

Floyd Mayweather on Fighting The Big Show at Wrestlemania XXIV: 'Why Not?'
Posted Mar 28th 2008 7:31AM by Michael David Smith (author feed)

Filed Under: Boxing, Pro Wrestling, MMA/Boxing

Floyd Mayweather joined Vince McMahon and several pro wrestlers on Larry King Live this week to promote Sunday's Wrestlemania XXIV, at which Mayweather will fight The Big Show:

When King asked why Mayweather would be willing to fight the 450-pound Big Show, Mayweather said, "Why not?" He added, "I've been crazy about wrestling my whole life."

Of course, a lot of people think the reason why not is that wrestling isn't always safe. McMahon acknowledged, "If there's even an accident and a 450-pound man falls on top of you, you could break a bone, you could get messed up."

King apparently didn't do much homework before the interview, seeing as he thought the Mayweather-Big Show fight was a boxing match. (Of course, King is the same guy who didn't know if Seinfeld got canceled.) No, it's staged wrestling, but that doesn't mean Mayweather couldn't get hurt.

greeneyes007   January 28th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

I hope jericho is just "acting his part" because otherwise hes a big stupid joke who is he to say anything to Mickey whose proved once and for all he is very gifted. Because whatever you might say Mickey is the real deal he had a Real Job in the sports industry as a real boxer not a fake wrestler whos winners and losers are predetermind. Hes also a very talented actor . Jericho is not good enough to wash you shorts Mickey!

Lisbeth Coiman   January 28th, 2009 11:07 pm ET

I am very happy to see Mickey back. Since Rumble Fish, I have only admiration for this gigantic actor.
He has an extraordinary acting talent that I like to compare to French actor Girard Depardieu's. Like Depardieu, Rourke comes from humble and rocky origins, was involved in gangs and drugs. Depardieu served time as a juveline offender. They have this larger than life personalities and can portrait any character imaginable, from genius artist to medieval gentleman, from drama to comedy, give them the phone book to read and they can make a great character out of it. They also have the kind of life experience from which to draw invaluable material for their jobs. While Depardieu has remained active in the film industry for several decades, Rourke was out of sight for ten years.
I just pray for Rourke to hold strong this time. Hopefully, he can remain professional, devote time to advance his career and to rebuild his life to a more subdued splendor. We are looking forward for many more new great films starring Mike Rourke. It's time to display some wisdom, along with that raw talent and intense life. Bless you. Welcome back.

greeneyes007   January 28th, 2009 11:18 pm ET

P.S im not saying that the wwe guys are not good at what they do because they are, they have to be in great shape and athletic but come on boxing is Real! You gotta have a totally different mind set and courage and a whole lotta heart. Mickey is unique hes one of a kind in that he is also a great actor ,with his backgroung in his private and professional lives , where he came from, all the things hes accomplished, hes had it all and lost it and now he is back, it is the kind of stuff you Make movies about. Like i said he is the Real Deal

Tony   January 29th, 2009 1:27 am ET

You people do know that Chris Jericho is an actor.

Its all an act for a fight between them a wrestle mania.

Dont get all shook up.

Bobbi   January 29th, 2009 1:57 am ET

IWatching Chris Jericho last night was nothing less than disturbing. It's all bad news these days and Mickey Rourke is a welcome source of inspiration. He's the LAST person we want to see pushed around. And it doesn't matter if the confrontation was real or set up–something obviously went terribly wrong. This could not have been the outcome you anticipated.

Mickey....please promise us, that come February 22, you'll hunt down this infant and beat him with your Oscar!

Abbas   January 29th, 2009 3:52 am ET

Chris Jericho is an honest man and a warm-hearted compassionate individual who radiates generosity to everyone he meets. Mickey Rourke was out of turn for disrespecting him in his profession by inferring that he would toss Mr. Jericho around "like a tossed salad." I believe that's some sort of perverted innuendo, and Chris Jericho is also a righteous man among other things. Rourke was given some bad advice by WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair who purposely encouraged Mickey to make these comments, knowing they would offend Jericho. And Chris Jericho is the last person anyone would want to offend.

Also, Jericho usually wears the finest designer suits, whereas Mickey Rourke is seen in wedding singer suits. So the stark contrast in class between these two men is axiomatic.

I'm also offended that the movie "The Wrestler" implies that professional wrestling is staged, which is a lie perpetuated by the Internet.

santina   January 29th, 2009 8:29 am ET


I'm not here to argue with you, but while you were sitting there typing your comment, were you dressed as Rowdy Roddy Piper?

Play your melencholy bag pipes somewhere else...anyone with half a brain squirmed when Jericho started speaking. He made himself look like an ass. End.of.story.

The Wrestler implies that professional wrestling is staged? Even Jericho refferred to himself as an "entertainer".

Are you from the generation when the Hulk was the good or bad guy?


LiL Hulk   January 29th, 2009 11:03 am ET

Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:25 am Post subject:


Yesterday i received an email

Big News: Mickey Rourke Cancels Mania
Article By: Ryan Clark Credits: ProWrestlingFansNewsboard| Posted on: January 28, 2009, 9:47pm

According to a post on the L.A. gossip blog, Mickey Rourke is having second thoughts about appearing at Wrestlemania. Rourke's publicist issued the following statement to the gossip blog earlier today: "Mickey was very honored to be asked as he has the greatest respect for WWE however he will not be participating in Wrestle-Mania. He is focusing entirely on his acting career." They posted another blog earlier in the day regarding his appearance on Larry King Live with Chris Jericho saying an appearance at WrestleMania could cost him the Oscar for his role in The Wrestler. They wrote: "Though Jericho was clearly into it, Rourke seemed withdrawn?perhaps realizing that the Academy likes to hand out awards that they think will encourage legitimate work, not paid faux-sports appearances on cable that Rourke could probably even have secured pre-comeback."

The Associated Press issued the following press release this evening saying Mickey Rourke won't be appearing at WrestleMania after all:

Mickey Rourke won't rumble with WWE superstar

HOUSTON (AP) ? A spokeswoman for actor Mickey Rourke says he won't be taking his role as a professional wrestler into a real-life ring after all.

Paula Woods told The Associated Press on Wednesday night that Rourke will not wrestle WWE superstar Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania 25 in April at Houston's Reliant Stadium.

Woods wrote in an e-mail that the Oscar-nominated actor "will not be participating in Wrestlemania. He is focusing entirely on his acting career."

Well, it looks like this is not going to happen now.

Jeryy   January 29th, 2009 12:18 pm ET

You all seem to think Chris was actually offended.
Wow, some people reaally are stupid.

Diogo   January 29th, 2009 12:27 pm ET

You people dont understand, that Chris Jericho was not serious!!!!
Chris Jericho is playing his WWE character here.
In WWE Jericho's character is a heel(bad guy), sometimes he was face(good guy).
I understand that the majority of you people dont know about Jericho's person in REAL LIFE, but i tell you, HE IS A RESPECTFUL, FUN, HUMBLE, AND HAVE A GREAT HEART.
You people dont know that Jericho and Rourke will fight at Wrestlemania(Wrestling PPV SHOW), and that words by Jericho are scripted to build up Wrestlemania match.

I hope that you people dont disrespect Jericho again, after read my comment.

P.S- Im not english or american, so if my english is not good im my comment, I apoligize.


Breffni   January 29th, 2009 1:09 pm ET

To the people who have been slating Chris Jericho.

Meet Chris Jericho, not Chris Irvine. Jericho was in character throughout this interview. Those of us who are professional wrestling fans have seen him develop his new character (which is very different from his old "Y2J" persona) over the past year taking elements of various characters and people, such as Javier Bardem's character in No Country For Old Men. It still amazes me that many people degrade professional wrestling and yet are sucked right into it by believing Jericho in this interview. Sure, the entertainment may not be sophisticated, but in terms of sophistication, Jericho is one of the top guys in the business. If Jericho, who is a consummately hated bad guy, or heel to use the industry term, had been friendly to Mickey, then the storyline they are building up for WrestleMania, assuming it happens, wouldn't have resonated as well as if hundreds of non-fans, like many of you, hadn't reacted to his act. He;s getting under your skin by making you believe that that's what he's really like, which he isn't.

All credit to Mickey Rourke for agreeing to work with the WWE. He's in safe hands with Jericho. Pro wrestling is a different way of telling a story. It's not as infantile or neanderthalian as many perceive it to be. Sure, it's not the most mentally taxing enterprise, but a lot of work goes into it through in-ring psychology, or in other words, getting the audience to react. By portraying such a spiteful, arrogant attitude, Jericho made most of you react.

To those who say professional wrestling is fake; congratulations. You've successfully deduced something that has been true since the start of the 20th century and has been openly admitted since the early 1980s. And to those who consider pro wrestling's illegitimacy a bone of contention, well, you watch movies don't you? Are people actually killed making it? Are the actors the characters they are playing? Of course not. In pro wrestling it's a different type of acting. It's a lot more explosive because of the different nature of the audience. Jericho is rare in that he has experience of both, and in terms of psychology and being able to talk people into buying a ticket to see him get his ass kicked by the nearest good guy, or babyface, he's nearly unparalleled. He's widely acknowledged as being one of the best antagonists in the business today, and that's exactly what he was doing in this interview. He was riling people up to make you want to see Mickey Rourke go to WrestleMania and kick his ass from pillar to post.

Here's hoping the match happens, because there's clearly a buzz around it.

Bobbi   January 29th, 2009 1:53 pm ET


Chris Jericho is a warm-hearted, compassionate, and generous individual? You gotta be kidding! Jericho fans here and on other blogs keep iinsisting this was all a joke. How come Larry King was the only one laughing? Jericho practically wet his pants the other night, and his tantrum was disturbing to Rourke and the LKL viewers. Maybe it all started as a joke. But it wasn't funny, and anyone watching will tell you it's a joke that went way too far. Jericho: observe Mickey Rourke and maybe you'll learn what it means to be a real man.

What's this about the suits? Good grief. Mickey's a talented artist–he's a movie star. Is he supposed to dress like the rest of us? He doesn't work in a cubicle at a boriing office job. Wedding singer suits? I've never seen Mickey dressed in a polyester, robin's egg blue tuxedo and ruffled shirt. Jericho looks like his mummy takes him shopping for clothes at K-Mart.

Mark Patrick Hillman   January 29th, 2009 3:37 pm ET

Hi Larry . . . wrestler Chris Jericho was disrespectful to actor Mickey Rourke on your live broadcast Tuesday night . . . wrestler Chris Jericho was obnoxious . . . Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

andrea   January 29th, 2009 5:01 pm ET

Andy Kaufman vs. Jerry Lawler all over again been there done that

Abbas   January 29th, 2009 5:19 pm ET

Chris Jericho and his fans are upstanding human beings with values and moral fiber. We have a God-given ability to tell the truth and a lack of an ability to be wrong. Conversely, Mickey Rourke and his fans are being hypocrites who lack the ability to detect sarcasm from blog posters, and also lack the ability to detect promotional tactics on TV that all parties are in on. They pride themselves on knowing that professional wrestling is "fake", but they are also ironically the most easy to fool.

But I'm not talking about this particular incident when I say that, of course. This was obviously real. If it wasn't real, then clearly such on-the-ball intellectuals like the ones posting on this page surely would have figured it out since they are of superior mental capacity to us cro-magnon wrestling fans. Cough cough.

Back to the matter at hand: Rourke was out of line and only "took the high road" when Chris Jericho himself was there to answer. Prior to this, Mickey Rourke was telling anyone and everyone who would listen on the red carpet that he was going to beat up Jericho, probably for his precious publicity. What sort of person says something on TV just to get publicity and cause a stir? An immoral one, that's who. Not like Chris Jericho, who is my role model and hero.


Mike   January 29th, 2009 6:37 pm ET

In order for it to be a publicity stunt Mickey would actually have to be there. This just in: Mickey Rourke cancels Wrestlemania. So now what? That's the problem with WWE and thier fans. You don't know whats real and whats not. It teaches little kids that it OK to run your mouth and to expect people just to listen, to take it. In the real world if you were to bring half the additude to somebody on the street and talk out the side of your neck like that, your going to be delt with. I mean there are consequences for all our actions. Y2Joke is anything but a rolemodel.

LiL Hulk   January 29th, 2009 7:32 pm ET

When the interview happened Mickey was said to being going to wrestlemania, thats why Jericho was in rare form. I hear he is canceling because his agents are against it because they think it will hurt his chance of winning an award for best actor or something. I look for Mickey to get his award then start negotiating with WWE again, hope it still happens.

andrea   January 29th, 2009 7:52 pm ET


Andy Kaufman vs. Jerry Lawler all over again

stephanie clark   January 29th, 2009 8:29 pm ET

I have been an ardent fan of the Larry King Show for several years however I have never been more disappointed in the show or its host as the evening Mickey Rourke was interview.
I believe he is an extremely talented actor who deserved more respect than was shown when ambushed by some wrestler who was given undeserved air time and allowed to humiliate Mr. Rourke.
While Mickey Rourke may have fallen on hard times over the years he still managed to project the compassion and humility in his response to this man which has always been evident in his films.
More troubling than the surprise guest was Larry King salivating trying to get Mickey Rourke to engage in some sort of combat with the man....all for the sake of ratings.
I am thankful Mr. Rourke had the presence of mind not to feel he had to entertain his host or the audience......Bravo Mr. Rourke.
Shame on Larry King it was painful to watch, his legitimate guest deserves an apology.

Stephanie Clark
P.S. I am confident my comments will not make it on the air.

Diogo   January 29th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

Miss STEPHANIE CLARK, I understand that you dont know Chris Jericho, because you dont watch WWE(wrestling company).
Let me tell you one thing, wrestling is scripted and Jericho was acting his character(bad guy), because when this interview happened, Rourke was planned to fight Jericho in Wrestlemani(the big wrestling show of the year).
And Chris Jericho, who is a really nice guy in REAL LIFE was insulting Mickey Rourke to buld up Wrestlemania Match..

So, in this part of Mickey Rourke interview all three, Larry King, Mickey Rourke and Chrs Jericho was goind in the same way, ACTING to Build Up the Wrestlemania Match.

With All Respect, DIOGO

capmotion   January 29th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Uh..., if DIOGO is correct, it means that Larry King, who we have always trusted to give the straight scoop on things, was participating in a sensationalistic fraud to assist guests with pecuniary gain, which would mean that he is now forever tainted and can never again be deemed an honest broadcaster. That is, I hope that was not just Chapter 1 in "Larry Mania."

andrea   January 29th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Larry Mania starring

Larry King as Johnny Carson
Mickey as Andy Kaufman
Chris Jericho as Jerry Lawler

all we are missing is the chicks

Dani   January 29th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Are you kidding me? One of Jericho's suits probably cost more than your house! Jericho has more class and respect than Rourke could ever dream of. Rourke facing Jericho at Westlemania is such an insult to Jericho; it is as if they are implying that Rourke is somewhat near the same caliber that Jericho resides on.

andrea   January 29th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

you guys got to be kidding me wreastling is fake its all fake they are going to have win whoever they want THIS IS ALL FAKE AND HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE GET OVER IT

bigheart nyc   January 30th, 2009 1:46 pm ET

Bravo, Mickey. Thanks for taking the high road and not falling victim to that lame attempt to draw you into battle with this WWE idiot who couldn't fill the toe space in your shoes.
Shame on you, Larry. Giving this segment airtime and allowing this WWE dweeb to dis your guest was beyond disappointing. And you call yourself a serious journalist?
I think you should have Mickey on again (if he'll even agree) and interview him properly. This was a BS interview.

Luanne   February 2nd, 2009 2:25 pm ET

Since the majority posting here fell for Jericho's act, it looks like Chris is the one that deserves the Oscar.

Randy   February 3rd, 2009 8:53 am ET

Some of you people are downright goofy.

Do you not realize that Chris Jericho plays the "heel" role in wrestling and that acting is a big part of his gig? He was "in character" as the bad guy versus the humble Rourke to set up hype for a match that will take place down the road.

I know that not everyone watches WWE, but seriously: getting furious over obviously scripted lines by a wrestler playing his part perfectly in a set-up interview? Hilarious.

Clarice   February 7th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Mickey Rourke will always be "The Pope of Greenwich Village" to me! So thrilled to see him again! God bless.

jeanne   February 7th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Mickey is not only the best actor in any year, the most soulful man I've ever witnessed.......he leaves me speechless!
Thank you for making my Saturday night.

Irene - Cherry Valley, IL   February 7th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

The Wrestler is a great movie. I hope many more good roles come Mr. Rourke's way. He is a marvelous talent and it's good to see him back, better than ever!

Anthony   February 7th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I can't resist telling Mr Rourke that my favorite film of all time is "Rumblefish"

Lisa Brill   February 7th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I'm glad Mickey did'ent permanatly burn his bridges it's a rare quality to fall and be allowed back up. Expecially in HollyWooooooD. God I hate Men on STERIODS. No skin off your a... sir. U know plenty coming from MIAMI. Stupid brain dead Wrestlers.

Mike and Norma   February 7th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Hey Mickey,

You've got REAL CLASS!

Lauren B.   February 7th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I love Mickey R! I'm glad to see him making a comeback! I respect your honesty and candor. Best of luck to you and your future! Keep up the good fight!

Carole Iulo   February 7th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Please let Mickey Rourke know:

I saw his movie "The Wrestler" last night–he was absolutely amazing!! He totally moved me and kept me enthralled throughout the entire movie. He is such a professional!! And by the way Mickey, Chris Jericho is being such a jerk right now!! Who even cares what he thinks–you are so above his level, it's not even worth listening to a word he says.
You are a great actor and welcome back!! I look forward to seeing you in more movies. thank you for your heartfelt portrayal of the "Ram", you made the movie a hit!

elizabeth   February 7th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

So pleased to see Mickey Rourke this evening! Sadly, once Chris Jericho joined the conversation, it felt more like the Jerry Springer show.

All the best to you Mickey!

Emerson Brazil   February 7th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Mickey, you are the best actor i´ve seen

George   February 7th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

I agree with those who are disappointed in Larry King's poor choice of Chris Jericho as a guest for the interview with Mickey Rourke. The interview was supposed to be about Mickey Rourke and his great new movie "The Wrestler". Adding Jericho at the end to denigrate Mr Rourke was callous and uncalled for, to say the least. Fortunately, Mr Rourke did not let himself be drawn into a confrontation with the WWE hawker, Jericho. The real comparison between these two should be acting, not wrestling, and Mr Rourke wins hands down. It is doubtful that Jericho could hold his own in a porn film.

Sabrina   February 7th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

Mickey is an unconventional person and an extremely talented actor.
I loved the comment he made about his dog during his acceptance speech- he is such a "real" person.
The LKL interview was great with the exception of Chris Jericho, who just was just such a complete jerk. He had no business sharing air time with a class act like Mickey.

Bubba   February 7th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

Larry used Mickey! And no wonder Jerico picked that name..

>Jericho is a city located near the Jordan River in the West Bank of the Palestinian territories. Situated well below sea level on an east-west route 16 kilometers (10 mi) north of the Dead Sea, Jericho is the lowest permanently inhabited site on earth.

That says it all about that wrestler(I bet his momma is proud of his career choice). Jerico is the lowest form of life... confronting an old man who was just having a good time while on the Red Carpet. If Jerico is so tough, then he should not feel the need to be boastful. Surely his momma taught him to have better manners that to insult anyone.

King is at fault!!! He set up Rourke! Time for King to retire!

debi Pleasant   February 7th, 2009 11:44 pm ET

I have to say you are most compeling. Welcome back!! Age is your friend ....Mick...and I loved it when you said....son.....tonight...
signed ...a brand new fan
u are better than ever!!
inspired... no doubt...
Mickey Rouke....

steve p   February 8th, 2009 12:56 am ET

go mikey that blonde boy is a punk loser.He is full of it

karen   February 8th, 2009 1:14 am ET

I am proud for Mr. Rourke and his journey to love himself.

I expect continued success and triumph in his life.

God bless


sari   February 8th, 2009 5:57 am ET

Too bad Jerico is so rude!

veronica   February 8th, 2009 6:52 am ET

Bubba: "Jerico is the lowest form of life… confronting an old man who was just having a good time while on the Red Carpet. If Jerico is so tough, then he should not feel the need to be boastful"





Sue Miller   February 8th, 2009 2:39 pm ET

Great interview intil Jericho entered the conversation. It was hard to hear it and so unsettling. Looking back at it now it was good that Larry let it unfold. Your approval rating multiplied with every exchange with that guy. He really did you a favor! Now we know what you are made of, and we know what he is made of. Sadly, the higher up you poke your head, the more attractive a target it makes for the bitter, the jealous, and the nay-sayers. Choosing a role from that genre, you might should have expected something like that to happen. Unfortunately Jericho isn't smart enough to know most of us don't respond to those base instincts played out in the ring. On second thought, it really turned out to be good theatre after all. All the best to you!

Robert   February 9th, 2009 11:26 am ET

I can't believe a lot of you people. Chris Jericho (not even his real name) plays a character. And in pro wrestling the line between character and real person is blurred. Chris was IN character.

Robert   February 9th, 2009 11:28 am ET

I also forgot to mention, Chris plays a heel, A BAD GUY.

It's his job to make you hate him. And he's doing a great job.

JinkyO   February 18th, 2009 4:42 am ET

Robert said: "It’s his [Jericho's] job to make you hate him. And he’s doing a great job."

This thread is HUGE. Chris Jericho FTW~!

I'm one of those oddball wrestling fans who also happens to be a CNN news junkie. The Jericho/Rourke exchange was a bit uncomfortable and awkward to sit through but at the end of the day, Jericho did his job to the hilt.

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