Friday, February 20, 2009

Mickey Rourke Loses Beloved Dog Loki

The Flaming Nose offers our most sincere condolences to actor Mickey Rourke on the death of his 17-year-old Chihuahua Loki this past Monday night. A little while back we posted the PETA video of Rourke talking about his dogs Loki and Jaws, and we were touched by his Golden Globes speech where he thanked his canine companions for their support over the years.

We are rooting for Mickey to take home the Best Actor Oscar on Sunday night, and he's also a guest on Barbara Walter's pre- (or post, depending on your time zone) Oscar special.

Good luck, Mickey! You are the man.


Dean Treadway said...

If you ask me, Mickey Rourke is the whole show come Sunday night. I've always liked Mr. Rourke--he was robbed of a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for DINER back in 1982, and he was arguably Oscar-worthy for YEAR OF THE DRAGON in 1985. I also loved him in SIN CITY a few years ago. In fact, it was that performance that convinced me that Rourke would rise again, and here he is, sooooo magnificent in THE WRESTLER, which is wholly HIS movie (though Marisa Tomei, so likable, challenges him for a few scenes). To the bottom of my heart, I think that his is the best performance of the year. You can see he gave his absolute all to Aronofsky's movie. And Aronofsky gave his all to ensure Rourke would always be the center of attention. I'm tired of Oscars going to actors portraying real people--time to give the award to someone who isn't doing an imitation, but who is wholly living the part.

Lisa said...

I agree completely, Dean. I just did a piece on Movie Morlocks about actors portraying real people and getting nominated or winning the Oscar, and it's kind of silly how often the impersonations -- and they are sometimes terrific -- so often get the attention. Out of nothing but the words and his talent Mickey Rourke created a completely memorable character. Sorry, but that's just not the same as playing Nixon or Harvey Milk. We are comparing them to their actual selves and judging how well the actor lives up to that image. It's obviously acting, but in may ways an imitation, as you say, Dean.

Give this to Mickey! And great insight about Aronofsky's contribution.

Jane said...

I would like to offer my condolences to Mr. Rourke on the death of his beloved dog. Loki will be watching from the Rainbow Bridge as Mickey gets the big O on Sunday. I can't wait to hear his acceptance speech. And I agree with you both, that the thought of him winning is truly making me look forward to this Academy Awards show more than anything else.