Mickey Rourke rose to fame in the 80s behind a library of classics. A bad boy of the industry, The Diner actor’s scandals had overshadowed his career until a resurgence in the late 2000’s. His life story is one for the ages.
Rourke’s decision to leave acting flipped his life upside down in a handful of ways. For one, it took him away from huge Hollywood checks as he was literally fighting to stay afloat. He was almost completely broke. Rourke claims to have been “paying $500 a month for a one-room apartment with a yard for my dogs. A friend used to give me a couple of hundred dollars a month just to feed myself. I’d be calling up my ex-wife and crying like a baby.”