Mickey Rourke gets hand and footprints ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Mickey Rourke, star of films such as "The Wrestler" and "Iron Man 2," is leaving his mark on Hollywood.
On Monday, October 31, the 59-year-old actor became the 254th celebrity to have his handprints and footprints immortalized in cement near the Grauman's Chinese Theatre, joining the likes of Betty Grable, Elizabeth Taylor, Tom Cruise and Jennifer Aniston, who received the honor in July.
"I'm a little numb to it all," Rourke told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith. "I didn't sleep last night because I was kinda confused about what this all means or supposed to mean or how it important it so I think in time, it'll mean something to me."
The actor dedicated his honor to his grandmother.
"She would have told me to stand up straight, keep my shoulders back, 'make sure you take that ... damn toothpick out of your mouth so you don't look like some white trash hillbilly standing on the corner," Rourke said at the ceremony. "She would have said, 'Be polite, be a gentleman, say 'Please' and 'Thank you.'' So hope I didn't nobody out but thank you very much. Thank you from my grandmother because I wouldn't be here if I didn't have the love she gave me."
Rourke later talked about his grandmother in his interview with OnTheRedCarpet.com.
"Any goodness that I have in me, amongst all the crap ... I could just go there to heal a little bit," he said. "She would ... turn on the old movies and talk to me about these people. She was a very well-read woman. She lived to be 99. She read a book a week. She knew about all these people here in the boneyard."
Jon Favreau, who directed Rourke in the 2010 movie "Iron Man 2" and Luke Evans, his co-star in his new film, "Immortals," attended the actor's ceremony.
The Greek Mythology-themed film is set for release on November 11. It depicts the fight of hero and mortal Theseus, played by Henry Cavill, against Rourke's character, the evil King Hyperion, who strives to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity. The movie also stars Freida Pinto, Stephen Dorff and "Twilight" star Kellan Lutz.
Rourke, a native of Schenectady, New York, began his on-screen career in the late 1970s, appearing in films such as "1941" and later, the 1982 coming-of-age movie "Diner," which is being made into a musical. Rourke later starred in movies such as "Year of the Dragon" in 1985 and Angel Heart" in 1987.
In the early 1990s, he worked as a professional boxer. He also continued to act, playing mostly supporting roles, and won praise for his part in the 2005 film "Sin City."
In 2008, life imitated fiction when he made a major comeback with the film "The Wrestler," which saw him playing an aging professional wrestler trying to revive his career. Rourke was nominated for an Oscar for his leading role. He later went on to star in "Iron Man 2" and the 2010 action film "The Expendables."
In a recent interview to promote "Immortals," Rourke reportedly critized the makers of "Iron Man 2," which saw him play villain Ivan Vanko, aka Whiplash.
"I try to find the moments where [the villain is] not that cliched, evil bad guy and it's a big fight," ComingSoon.net and Screen Rant quoted him as saying. "I had it on 'Iron Man' and they won. It was going to work for Marvel and them breaking (director Jon) Favreau's (expletive) and wanting just a one-dimensional villain. The performance and all the things that I tried to bring to it end up on the (expletive) floor."
"That can cause you not to care as much," he said. "To not to want to put that effort in to try and make it an intelligent bad guy or a bad guy who is justified in what his reasons are."
Other stars set to leave their prints near Grauman's Chinese Theatre are "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, who will be honored in their own ceremony on November 3, days before their latest film, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" is released on November 11.
Reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).