Posted by: arnegrim | May 3, 2010

2nd chances…

They’re a good thing… and hopefully they continue on the right path…

Rourke‘s famous love for small-breed dogs (he thanked his dogs when he won a Golden Globe for “The Wrestler” last year and dedicated his Spirit Award for that film to his late Chihuahua, Loki) hints at the inner sensitivity of the man who derailed a promising career in the 1980s with angry outbursts and arrests.

He spent years defeating his demons to make a critically acclaimed comeback in “The Wrestler.” Now he stands poised to recapture the Hollywood glory he enjoyed early in his acting career with his terrific turn as Whiplash in “Iron Man 2.”

“I didn’t think it was going to happen again,” Rourke says, shielding his eyes with sunglasses as if to maintain a shade of distance between himself and an otherwise candid interview. “I burned too many bridges and I did misbehave terribly and I’ve only got myself to blame.”

Not that the role was an easy sell — for Rourke or for Marvel Studios.Director Jon Favreau says he and “Iron Man” star Robert Downey Jr. worked hard to persuade both.

“There was a lot of resistance to (Rourke),” Favreau says. “The studio was not inclined to hire him. It took a bit of a struggle and Robert was very helpful in that. And Robert was the guy who there was resistance in hiring last time around.”

Downey overcame his own troubled past, marred by drug addiction, to see his star-power restored with his role as Tony Stark in the first “Iron Man” film, a huge hit that brought in $318 million domestically.”


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