Today I’m in love with Mickey Rourke. “Why?” Well, I was doing a little research and found myself at the You Tube. Got to looking at some MR vids… damn, he was a hunk in his younger days. Gorgeous hair (sigh). “No, no, I haven’t seen all of his movies. Not even close.” The list is quite extensive. Older readers may remember him from movies like Diner, Body Heat and 9 1/2 weeks. I never saw Rumblefish or Pope of Greenwich Village. But Sin City was ground breaking no? (don’t get me going on Robert Rodriguez!)
Today Mickey Rourke is one of my favorite actors. He fascinates and impresses me. The intensity with which he imbues his characters…melts me. Yes, good acting (for the most part) but it’s his ability to immerse himself so completely into a role that dents my soul. How does he do it? You totally believe he is that person. He appears to completely surrender himself to the character the writer has put before him. Good acting? Sure. But what is it that allows an actor, to find the place where the present, literally, does not exist? What do they do with their own life when it’s time to be someone else? A made up character with a made up life complete with all the accoutrements? Look at the character Harry Angel of the film Angel Heart. A most excellent movie (in my opinion), with very fine performances from all. Click on this link “I know who I am” and tell me this is not “good acting” (love DeNiro in this role. dee-lish.) Btw Molly, this one’s for you.
So how is it Mickey can do this thing? Can so totally “be” the character? Part of the answer is that Mickey is one of my people. He’s a clark. Perpetually tortured (self tortured), living inside his head, the internal world, while at the same time attempting to interact with the outer world. You know – with all you other people out there! The Wakefield Doctrine tells us that clarks view/consider themselves in some measure ( by others) as outsiders, “blue monkeys” as they say over at the WD Blog. What else do we know about clarks? Well, seems we like people are sometimes considered/seen as all or some of the following: aloof, distant, snobby, unfriendly, fearful, passive, quiet, weird, nerdy, brainiaclike. At the same time, we are very often considered funny, creative, friendly, compassionate, unconventional, talented, freaks. (“talented freaks”. like it! of course, I do!)
I’ve ridden the Tube in London, the T in Boston, the Metro in DC and many a midnight train out of Kingston, R.I. In all of those instances, I felt the lure of “drifting”, if only for the duration of the trip, to a place that wasn’t in the present. I imagine that for an actor, approaching a role might be like that. Like taking a trip where the scenery is different, people are different and there is an opportunity to stop the world that is everyday life. Sounds pretty magical to me.
Today, I seem to have wandered off course! Mickey Rourke to acting to clarks to the Wakefield Doctrine to rail travel. Topics aplenty that could/should be expounded upon. Such a tease. “Is there any way to wrap this up in a more contiguous way?”
Not today. Today I’m just in love with Mickey Rourke. Signed, GirlieOnTheEdge