Mickey Rourke has been many things to many people over the course of his 35 year career: a bright young star fresh from the Actors Studio, a Hollywood heart-throb, a professional boxer, a muse to young independent filmmakers, and a Comic-Con icon.
In this lively study, Keri Walsh analyses his performances in key films - from Diner (1982), Rumble Fish (1983) and 9 ½ Weeks (1986) to Sin City (2005), The Wrestler (2008) and Iron Man II (2010) - and traces the development and multiple transformations of Rourke's star image. Taking an in-depth look at his colourful career in its cultural and cinematic contexts, Walsh explores how this controversial, talented and undersung Hollywood star has intrigued audiences from the 1980s to the present day.
Series: Film Stars
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 22nd May 2014
Publisher: British Film Institute
Dimensions (cm): 19.0 x 13.5 x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 1