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January 28, 2009



Yes, you are so right: Rourke’s epiphany----you can see it even in the interview rounds he gives. There is a powerful humbling sorrow there....amazing. What a wonderful comeback!

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Perhaps I laud this performance because I understand it so well (and the pain that went into the crafting of it). I find myself thinking Rourke must have had a childhood quite similar to mine. When you constantly have to fight against adults telling you you are lower than whale shit - it does things to the inside of your head. I cannot tell you how many times I walked away from high profile work when I was in the business (it’s why I stuck to theatre, for the most part – there’s anonymity there). I was afraid TV or film would give my family a platform from which to denounce me. My mother in particular had a nasty habit of telling anybody within hearing how terrible I was (her vocabulary was astounding). So I’ll bet you dollars to donuts Rourke’s harboring a whole lot of ingrained pain – quite separate from the sinking of his career (something else I understand). That can manifest itself in a myriad of ways. Just look at the ruin he’s made of his face. Can you say Body Dimorphic Disorder? I wish the fella luck. God knows he needs it.

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