Friday, February 15, 2008

The Motorcycle Boy Rides Again


This next week at Moon In The Gutter will be a special one as I am going to be honoring one of my all time favorite actors with a poll based on his career and a long look at one of his greatest films and possibly more. He's been called a true American original by filmmakers ranging from Francis Ford Coppola to Michael Cimino and he has been the named the favorite actor by Johnny Depp, Sean Penn and Brad Pitt...and yet, in the near thirty years since Mickey Rourke first walked onto a film set, in Steven Spielberg's 1941, he has never truly gotten the due and respect he deserves.
With the upcoming releases of major films with directors like Darren Aronofsky and Robert Rodriguez the film career of Mickey Rourke is far from over, but I thought now seemed like a good time to reflect on one of the most bravest, frustrating and audacious careers of the past thirty years.
So please join me in saluting Mickey and vote for your favorite films, of the 18 or so key ones I have included, and I hope you all enjoy the upcoming posts. In the meantime, please visit my friend LaShane's site on Mickey, which is one of the most beautiful and well designed online.

11 comments:

Steve Langton said...

Just cast my vote for RUMBLE FISH. Rourke is a seriously great actor, and this was a difficult choice to make. Be interesting to see how highly NINE AND A HALF WEEKS finishes. This film was, I think, ahead of it's time with two excellent lead performances and a to die for soundtrack (great scene where Roxy's 'Slave To Love' plays). Good choice for a poll. Can't wait to see the final results.

Lastyear said...

Always one of my favorite actors.It's been nice seeing him get better roles in recent years after a lackluster 90's.

Ned Merrill said...

I guess it's not really a "Mickey Rourke film," but, man, if he doesn't nearly steal away BODY HEAT from stars William Hurt and Kathleen Turner.

Teddy Lewis (Rourke) to Ned Racine (Hurt): "Are you ready to hear something? I want you to see if this sounds familiar: any time you try a decent crime, you got fifty ways you're gonna fuck up. If you think of twenty-five of them, then you're a genius... and you ain't no genius. You remember who told me that?"

Craig Zablo said...

Can't wait for Mickey Rourke week. Always thought he was under-rated... I thought his comeback started with "Get Carter" and peaked [so far] with "Sin City." Hopefully more great work is coming...

Ed Hardy, Jr. said...

Now yer speakin' my language.

Extra points if you put up a photo from his mid-life boxing career.

Rogue Spy 007 said...

This is a man who's had a lot of ups and downs in his life and career. He's held so much promise. I'm sorry that he hasn't done as much good work over the years as he started off. I did really love him in Sin City and Once Upon A Time In Mexico. I've always liked him even if it was in crappy movies like Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man. :-)

Ed Hardy, Jr. said...

Ha! HARLEY DAVIDSON and THE MARLBORO MAN--as a kid, this is actually the movie that got me into Mickey Rourke. I was like, "That guy knows how to smoke a cigarette!"

Craig Zablo said...

I just voted in your poll and was disappointed that "Get Carter" didn't make the list.

Jeremy Richey said...

Vry sorry about the delay in commenting back...

Steve,
Thanks so much...I agree on NINE 1/2 WEEKS and just posted a short look at the film...Great choice on RUMBLE FISH by the way...

Thanks LastYear,
He's one of mine too and I have been thrilled with the resurgence...hope you enjoy the posts...

Thanks Ned,
I freaking love BODY HEAT and Mickey really lights it up, taht scene between him and Hurt is extraordinary...

Thanks Craig,
Really sorry to leave GET CARTER out...I was just trying to include his key starring roles and since he is mostly support to Stallone in the film I left it out. I should have included it though since I included DOMINO...sorry about that, but I hope you still enjoy the poll and posts....

Thanks Ed...hope you enjoy the posts and I will try and sneak in a photo of him in the ring...

Thanks Keith...really hope the polls prove interesting to you. Totally agree as well...I can watch Mickey in anything he does and he always brings something special to any role...

Sorry again about the delay in thanking you all...

J.D. said...

I second RUMBLE FISH. Easily my fave Mickey Rourke role (and still my fave Francis Ford Coppola film too). The way Rourke acts in this film is otherworldly. There's no other way I can describe it. Amazing stuff. Hey Jeremy, I look forward to your thoughts on this film. I scribbled down a few of mine own, here: http://www.erasingclouds.com/0917rumblefish.html

Paul said...

I've always loved Mickey Rourke's one scene performance in Sean Penn's The Pledge. He has maybe 90 seconds of screen time, but his character runs a veritable obstacle course of emotions. The way he breaks down and then pulls himself together is just heartbreaking.

I'm also glad that Rourke has been getting more work in the '00s. What's more, I'd say that in recent years he's been the sole shining light in a few otherwise execrable films (see: Spun and Domino).