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Comeback is a good word, man.
As time goes by and you're getting older and stuff like that - getting older sucks. You know, I hear all this crap about, 'Oh, you can age with dignity.' Really?
Once you've been somebody, really, you have a career and you're a nobody anymore, and you're getting older, you're living what's called a state of shame.
It's no fun being a loser. Trust me.
I don't mind getting punched in the nose by a guy standing in front of me. It's getting stabbed in the back that I can't handle.
Some of your worst gangsters are guys who were very low-key.
When I first met Alan Parker, who directed 'Angel Heart,' he'd heard so many horror stories about me that he was literally scared to death of me. Right away, he sat me down and said, 'I'm very scared of you. I've heard you're a very bad boy.'
I always knew I'd accomplish something very special - like robbing a bank perhaps.
I have a really good relationship with a lot of designers. I like Gaultier, Billionaire and Cavalli.
All that prosthetic makeup drains you. By the time it's lunch, you're done.
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When you're young, working in a warehouse or selling hot dogs, you look at work - at acting - as something precious. It gets you out of the stink.
You want to earn respect in your old age. You want to walk into a restaurant and have people say: 'There's Mickey Rourke. He was great in 'The Wrestler.' You don't want them jumping out of windows.
I grew up in a gym in Miami, the one where Muhammad Ali trained. I had 142 amateur fights and lost three.
Mitch Glazer and I went to high school together, and his mother was my English teacher for two years. She was my favorite teacher, and I followed Mitch's career as a journalist, so we've kind of kept in touch over the years.
I still work out most days. When I do it, I go full blast five or six days a week, two to three hours a day. I enjoy it. It's therapeutic for me.
The hardest thing in life to do is to change.
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When you lose everything, and I mean everything, you sit there in this empty room in the dark, and the only person who can get you out is you.
A lot of the stuff I am now seeing is edgy, raw kinda material.
It's the formulaic studio movies the make money, and when they do, the actors in them are automatically movie stars.
Years ago I realized that maybe I made mistake, politically, when I turned a lot of that stuff down. I would go off to obscure places and make movies that six people went to see.
I was very immature when I was young, and for me there was no balance. Everything was just all or nothing.
A couple of guys won Academy Awards for the things that I turned down. Today, after coming to terms with everything, after being in therapy for a long time-there are areas where I will compromise.
It was either therapy or die.
I did think for many, many years that because of my ability I could beat the system. And I was wrong.
What I've got to do now is let them judge me for who I am as an actor and not for my notoriety.
I had a bonding problem when I went off and boxed for five years. I was over in Europe and Asia fighting because I wanted to do something different; I was tired of acting. But the thing is, when I was done doing that, I couldn't get a job.
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