Thursday, January 8, 2009

Mickey Rourke & Bill Simmons

I've been meaning to see The Wrestler (Rourke's seemingly universally acclaimed comeback tilt - in which he retains none of the boyish charm seen above), and after reading this I'm definitely gonna go see it this weekend.

Bill Simmons, aka The Sports Guy, wrote the article for ESPN and he's just a fantastic writer/human being for a variety of reasons. But his masterful depiction of great films (and I'll extend this to include all great art) being something that only happens occasionally and accidentally because 'nobody knows anything' has elevated him to temporary God status.

But enough about Mickey Rourke's Redemption Song, let's throw in some of the bad behaviour that saw him forge the definitive Hollywood fall from grace.

Miami Beach police officer P. Socarras, who stopped the 55-year-old, described Rourke as having "a flushed face, bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath."

Rourke apparently didn't see it that way.

"I'm not drunk," he told the officer, per the arrest report. "I didn't even drink that much."

I've tried that defense before, it rarely works.

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