The eccentric and rebellious A-list actor who just recently won a Golden Globe for best actor in the movie “The Wrestler” by Darren Aronofsky, was notorious for his dislike of the Hollywood establishment and his love for boxing.
Now years into the game as an actor and rebel, he is a front-runner to win the Academy Award for his role in “The Wrestler” as a faded down and out past his best wrestler doing small shows to make ends meet.
He was a very brash and opinionated young man who basically did and said as he pleased at the time (as evidenced in this Video posted below).
In this 1994 interview you can see Freddie Roach and James Toney who was Rourke’s chief sparring partner during his fighting career.
Rourke mainly fought fights overseas in Japan with Freddie Roach in his corner, this was long before Roach linked up with Manny Pacquiao and became the global super star trainer that is today.
Rourke was also a talented boxer before he became an actor. Boxing was actually his first love and he credited it with helping him escape many of the stresses growing up, he boxed as an amateur in his youth before taking up acting full-time.
He was a Hollywood heartthrob known for his good looks and charming personality, the movie 9 1/2 weeks made him a sex symbol, something he despised.