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The Rise, Fall, And Return Of Mickey Rourke's Face

May 12, 2017 443.6k views13 items
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Hollywood is always looking for the next rising star among the hottest male celebrities, someone handsome and brooding with a dark, mysterious undercurrent. For a few years, it looked like Mickey Rourke might assume this mantle. After Body Heat and Diner, his chiseled face, terrific hair, and slightly mumbling line readings all pointed to "It Boy" status. 

But then something happened. Actually, many bad things happened. "Mickey Rourke Plastic Surgery" appeared in more headlines than his actual acting work. Then there was the boxing, the drugs, more bad movies, the Chihuahua addiction, and dating Courtney Love. And the handsome Rourke gave way to - well, let's just call him a less handsome Rourke. His acting followed suit, as working with A-list directors gave way to appearing in Z-list films.

Then something even more unexpected happened. Mickey Rourke's face made a huge comeback. While not exactly in line with its former glory, Rourke's face went from being the look of a "cautionary tale" to the posterboy for a "weathered character." Hollywood loves second and third acts - just ask Jackie Earle Haley. And if you stick around in the entertainment industry long enough, you begin to get the respect of an elder statesman simply by still being alive. Just ask Bon Jovi.