Rourke was one of the biggest actors of the 1980s but also one of the hardest to work with. Loathed by Hollywood, in the 1990s he sought a long held ambition to become a professional boxer. And he did, scoring an impressive victory record but the blows to the head disfigured his iconic good looks.
Failed reconstructive surgery and the heartthrobs acting career had lost its pulse. Hed burned too many bridges but a minor comeback in Sin City in 2005 brought him back into public consciousness.
More so than that was Darren Aronofskys The Wrestler in which he played a fighter hoping for one last chance. It was stirringly close to his real life and it tugged at Hollywoods heart strings. Rourke was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar, losing out to his friend Sean Penn, but it was just the boost he needed.
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