I’ve heard the rumors and even seen evidence on The Smoking Gun, but does that explain it? This guy should be working like crazy. He’s got the tough-guy character down pat, plus he can act. On his Wikipedia page, his return to professional boxing in 1991 is described as a “personal test” according to Mickey himself. Is that it? He can’t make up his mind what he wants to do.
The Pledge (2001) directed by Sean Penn contains a cameo appearance, just two minutes long, of Mickey Rourke. It may be the greatest single examples of acting I’ve ever seen.
I just had to include this one too.
And two short ones from Barfly: