Mickey Rourke Quotes

A couple of guys won Academy Awards for the things that I turned down. Today after coming to terms with everything after being in therapy for a long time-there are areas where I will compromise.

I come from a violent background. So I became hard. I realised that I had made myself that way to deal with a feeling of abandonment and shame.

Bounty hunters these days - because everything is so sophisticated with computers and surveillance it doesn't have to be a one-man-army-type guy who goes in and kicks a door down.

I had a lot of anger inside me and that came out at times that were not particularly advantageous to me career-wise.

It's the formulaic studio movies the make money and when they do the actors in them are automatically movie stars.

I always knew I'd accomplish something very special - like robbing a bank perhaps.

The acclaim I'm getting for 'The Wrestler' means everything in the world to me. But it also means I can't take my foot off the gas pedal.

Sometimes the independent movies can get a little too arty-farty. You watch the IFC Channel and you want to throw up. You don't always have to take things so serious you know.

I started to shortcircuit because I had high aspirations for the film. I never told anybody that.

I spent so long studying really hard to become a fine actor but threw it all away because I got the adulation and the fame so easily.

People are always afraid of the truth.

As time goes by and you're getting older and stuff like that - getting older sucks. You know I hear all this crap about 'Oh you can age with dignity.' Really?

I've been with a lot of women but who's counting? It's nothing I'm proud of. It's a physical need. Sometimes afterwards I just want to blow my brains out it's so meaningless.

I couldn't direct traffic.It's hard enough just acting.

I never look backwards. I have always been an athlete. I boxed before I acted.

You know back in acting school they always teach you 'Make bold choices and look for activities that are interesting.'

Evan Rachel Wood is the best actress I've ever worked with hands down.

Sometimes when a man is alone that's all you got is your dog.

I'm an old broken down piece of meat and I deserve to be all alone . . .

People ask me about that all the time. They say "Did you ever think of directing?" And I say "It's completely out of the question.

I grew up in a gym in Miami the one where Muhammad Ali trained. I had 142 amateur fights and lost three.

I was very immature when I was young and for me there was no balance. Everything was just all or nothing.

I still work out most days. When I do it I go full blast five or six days a week two to three hours a day. I enjoy it. It's therapeutic for me.

I'm the worst surfer in California. My balance is off from boxing.

I didn't have a childhood really because I worked my whole life and... other reasons. So when I had some success I went ballistic. That was my childhood and the party kept going on.

I have a really good relationship with a lot of designers. I like Gaultier Billionaire and Cavalli.

I probably did a dozen plays like Off-Off-Broadway stuff.

All that prosthetic makeup drains you. By the time it's lunch you're done.

Wrestlers are all pretty busted-up by the ends of their careers.

In Hollywood you're always playing roles... It's like going through the motions. But in real life it's like you gotta take care of business. It's not just the movies.

Wrestling and boxing is like Ping-Pong and rugby. There's no connection.

In boxing you don't know what's going to happen. In wrestling it's already prearranged.

Boxers are very isolated - or isolated within their own camps.

Hollywood's famous for putting you in a box.

Where I come from being a hard man is being able to take a good beating and then get back up again and carry on fighting.

Hey baby nobody suffers like the poor.

I loved my mother but I don't like her.

Comeback is a good word man.

I have so many boxing gloves around my house that I would get them confused with other gloves.

I behaved worse than anybody for 15 years and you have to pay the price for that. I used to blame other people then therapy made me realise I had to change.

It's no fun being a loser. Trust me.

Usually if you read a screenplay no matter who's writing it the bad guy is always written as a one-dimensional bad guy.

I never knew my father and I'd hate to repeat that kind of cycle with my own children because I'd also want to be there for them no matter what.

The hardest thing in life to do is to change.

I wanted to change my name to Romeo Florentino. Romeo Florentino - that's a good fighter's name.

If you look closely at some scenes in Diner my eyes look like Dracula's.

A lot of those who let you down are those who seemed the closest to you.

Very few men can fall as far as I have and come back. People see me and it's like they've seen a ghost like I'm back from the dead.

Actors should shut up about politics. They tend to be ill-informed finger-pointers who just cosy up to some flavour of-the-month liberal.

I don't care what Tom Cruise says about therapy.

It's always been the case that you have the really rich and the really poor. But hey look all the great empires have their periods where they rule the world and then they crumble.

What I've got to do now is let them judge me for who I am as an actor and not for my notoriety.

My dogs are more important than my family.

A reputation is really hard to live down.

It was either therapy or die.

A lot of the stuff I am now seeing is edgy raw kinda material.

You want to earn respect in your old age. You want to walk into a restaurant and have people say: 'There's Mickey Rourke. He was great in 'The Wrestler.' You don't want them jumping out of windows.

When you lose everything and I mean everything you sit there in this empty room in the dark and the only person who can get you out is you.

I used to love playing football in high school. I played with the same guys for 10 years.

I don't mind getting punched in the nose by a guy standing in front of me. It's getting stabbed in the back that I can't handle.

I love the first Godfather movie part one. And two.

Acting was never my first choice as a profession but I came to terms with it when I decided I better buckle down and be the best I can be at it.

Some of your worst gangsters are guys who were very low-key.

I spent a lot of years trying to beat the system and in the end the system kicked my behind good.

When you're young working in a warehouse or selling hot dogs you look at work - at acting - as something precious. It gets you out of the stink.

Years ago I realized that maybe I made mistake politically when I turned a lot of that stuff down. I would go off to obscure places and make movies that six people went to see.

Winning an Oscar ain't about performance. There's a lot of politics involved.

I thought my talent would transcend my outspokenness. I was wrong.

I did think for many many years that because of my ability I could beat the system. And I was wrong.

I think the first year and a half that I was in New York I was having trouble just living somewhere. Back in them days the city was a lot different than it is now.

People need medicine and they need therapists.

Being out of work for 13 to 15 years is no walk in the park.

I try to find the right director who won't compromise his or anyone else's integrity and yet be political enough to give the studio what they want yet put up a fight to maintain that integrity.