Mickey Rourke Quotes (24 Quotes)

    I had a lot of anger inside me and that came out at times that were not particularly advantageous to me career-wise.

    She wasn't worth the effort. Her boyfriend can have her back.

    What I've got to do now is let them judge me for who I am as an actor and not for my notoriety.

    I had some things I had to fix. It took me 14 years to do it. But it was never really fun back in the day to work with directors who were a lot older and were like authoritarian and talking to you like that.

    Years ago I realized that maybe I made mistake, politically, when I turned a lot of that stuff down. I would go off to obscure places and make movies that six people went to see.

    I trained like an animal, but the thing is focus and concentration. When the bell rings it's like when the little red light goes on over the camera. And I can usually nail my lines on the first or second take because I'm right there.

    A lot of the stuff I am now seeing is edgy, raw kinda material.

    I never look backwards. I have always been an athlete. I boxed before I acted.

    All I am hoping for is to be able to work - I think my best work is still ahead of me - I think all that I have been through in the last several years have only made me a better, more interesting actor.

    I started to shortcircuit because I had high aspirations for the film. I never told anybody that.

    It was the most fun I've ever had on a movie. It was one of the happiest times in my life. I was living in New York, and I really enjoyed acting at the time. Also, it's funny because that was also the time when I went downhill.

    I was very immature when I was young, and for me there was no balance. Everything was just all or nothing.

    I had a bonding problem when I went off and boxed for five years. I was over in Europe and Asia fighting because I wanted to do something different; I was tired of acting. But the thing is, when I was done doing that, I couldn't get a job.

    It's the formulaic studio movies the make money, and when they do, the actors in them are automatically movie stars.

    I always knew I'd accomplish something very special - like robbing a bank perhaps.

    A couple of guys won Academy Awards for the things that I turned down. Today, after coming to terms with everything, after being in therapy for a long time-there are areas where I will compromise.

    I did think for many, many years that because of my ability I could beat the system. And I was wrong.

    Doing physical or fighting scenes in movies is really the hardest part, so wherever I could have the stunt guy do it, I'd prefer to have him do it.

    All that prosthetic makeup drains you. By the time it's lunch, you're done.

    Last week's quote ( This is blood for blood and by the gallon. These are the old days, the bad days, the all-or-nothing days. They're back There's no choice left. And I'm ready for war. ... Sin City

    I thought my talent would transcend my outspokenness. I was wrong.

    They have great strip clubs in Austin, Texas, so I would have my fan club... I would have the girls come up and we would, ah... talk.

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