I don’t know what I love most about these Mickey Rourke photos. Is it that Rourke is barely recognizable these days? Is it the fact that he’s wearing too-tight capri leggings and he’s not even going to the gym? Is it the bulge? Or is it the tiny little dog being carried like a clutch? I don’t even know. These photos are of Rourke over the summer, where he was spotted often in LA, carrying around his little dog Ronaldo. Mickey Rourke has long had affection for tiny little dogs. Several years ago, his favorite animal was a little Chihuahua named Beau Jack, and Rourke has long credited Beau Jack and his other dogs with “saving” him from himself. Rourke talked about it more at a screening over the weekend:
Mickey Rourke owes his life to one of his beloved dogs. The “Wrestler” star, 63, on Sunday night attended the LA screening of the documentary film “Eating Happiness,” where he opened up about how important his six pooches are to him.
“I was going through a really rough time,” he told reporters. “I was hurting myself and I was sitting in the closet one day. I couldn’t take it anymore and picked up a gun.”
Becoming visibly emotional, the actor continued: “I was deciding what part of my head to put it on and my dog, Beau Jack, he [cried] and I looked over and he looked up at me like this and … he said [with his eyes], ‘Who’s going to look after me?’ And it made me put the gun down. I was ready to go.”
The former professional boxer — who has spoken about struggling with drugs and alcohol — found comfort in his canine friends, admitting, “I get along better with dogs than I do with people.”
Rourke has been a troubled person for a long time. I can believe that his dogs “saved” him and they are his best friends and his whole world. Even though Rourke has major issues – issues that I cannot really forgive – I think his dogs are some kind of therapy for him and they likely make him a better person overall. Plus, Ronaldo is AMAZING.
Photos courtesy of WENN.