Whether or not he’s sparring or talking, Mickey Rourke pulls no punches. The actor and boxer says he loves New York and loathes Los Angeles.
“I simply hate it there; I by no means appreciated it,” he tells The Put up earlier than strolling within the Philipp Plein-owned Billionaire present. “I’m right here for a couple of days wanting for a home to maneuver again. I need to reside within the West Village, the place it began. There are only a few lofts there, so I’ll in all probability find yourself in Tribeca, however I would favor the West Village.”
Will he miss the Metropolis of Angels? “Not even just a little bit.”
The “Wrestler” star, who introduced certainly one of his fluffy black-and-white Pomeranians, Egor, to Plein’s black-tie occasion, admits that he has discovered a wholesome life-style again in La-La Land. “I went there to return to the boxing, actually, as a result of Freddie Roach is my coach. Our health club was there, and it stored me very disciplined. I don’t go out and drink anymore. I’m not in all of the incorrect locations. I’ve bought a very set routine — that’s coaching twice a day, or thrice a day 12 weeks earlier than a struggle. Boxing is 90 p.c cardio.”
The 66-year-old has suffered critical well being penalties from the glove recreation, together with what he describes as a lack of equilibrium and shaky palms.
“I bought a number of concussions through the years; knocked out solely as soon as in observe,” he says. “I bought recognized with short-term reminiscence loss. I might drive someplace and neglect that I drove my automobile and take a cab again. It was unhealthy. Or someone could be speaking to me, and I might not retain what they’re saying. I may keep in mind s–t from a very long time in the past, however I couldn’t keep in mind the night time earlier than.”
Regardless of the lapses, Rourke wished to proceed sparring within the ring. “I stated to the physician, ‘Three extra [fights] and I may get a title struggle.’ And he stated, ‘You possibly can’t get hit within the head another time. You gotta cling it up now.’ He stated, ‘When you cross over to the opposite facet, you may’t return.’ ”
Rourke heeded his recommendation, and noticed enchancment together with his reminiscence. “As two or three years glided by, it came again once more.”
And shortly the gloves will probably be on once more. “I’m not going to struggle till August,” says the Golden Globe winner, who stars within the upcoming “Night time Stroll” and “Legionnaire’s Path.” “However I’ve bought three motion pictures earlier than then.”
As for his love life, the onetime playboy says it’s nonexistent. “I don’t have a girlfriend now. I haven’t for 4 or 5 years. I’ve 5 canine. No. 1 often comes, however he handed away seven days in the past,” says Rourke, referring to his late Pomeranian and exhibiting off a forearm tattoo in honor of the pooch.
And with that, he sits in a make-up chair, nestles Egor in his lap, and waits for his second within the highlight.