Mickey Rourke: what did the actor look like at the start of his career?

Special day for Mickey Rourke! This Wednesday, September 16, 2020, the American actor celebrates his 68th birthday. For the occasion, Télé Star invites you to take a leap in the past to return to the 1980s and discover what the iconic face actor looked like at the start of his career. It was in 1985 and after a notable supporting role, two years earlier, in Rusty James of Francis Ford Coppola as Mickey Rourke gets his first major movie role in Year of the dragon by Michael Cimino. A year later, he reached the rank of playboy of American cinema with his interpretation of John alongside Kim Basinger in Nine 1/2 weeks.

In terms of private life, the 1980s were marked by his marriage to actress Debra Feuer with whom he played in particular in Homeboy, in 1988. “He had such a peculiar way of saying his text, effortlessly but with such truth … There was in Mickey a form of purity, but also something scary”, will say of him Debra Feuer, who will ask for the divorce after eight years of marriage. Mickey Rourke is a real bad-boy. In France, where he was regularly invited in the 1980s, we remember his passage through Champs-Elysées where he was received by a Michel Drucker with a cigarette in his mouth and dressed in a leather jacket (see our slideshow).

As the 70-year mark approaches, Mickey Rourke is unrecognizable

Thirty years later, the American actor, who is quietly approaching his 70s, is unrecognizable. Mickey Rourka discovered cosmetic surgery and seems to have abused it somewhat, in particular to erase the traces of his boxing past. “I had my nose broken twice. I had five operations on my nose and one on a crushed cheekbone. I had to have cartilage removed from my ear to rebuild my nose and undergo some operations to remove cartilage because scar tissue was not healing properly “, he explained (…)


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