«I Chose the Wrong Surgeon,» Mickey Rourke Went Through Truly Dramatic Face Change

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In people’s mind, being a Hollywood actor means to be a really good-looking. And there are celebrity men we take as a beauty standard, like Brad Pitt. And these stars keep going with their careers, but others get tired of being famous and decide to do something else. Mickey Rourke, who was really handsome back then, chose a different path for himself, and it ended up being a bad decision that almost ruined everything for him.

Hollywood gained one of the prettiest faces back then.

During the early ’80s, Rourke was praised as one of the most attractive actors in Hollywood. He was a part of the cast for “Diner” (1982), “Rumble Fish” (1983), and “The Pope of Greenwich Village” (1984), where he magnificently presented his charming smile. With his undeniable magnetism, Mickey stole every woman’s heart. However, his reputation as a heartthrob didn’t live for long.

Throughout the following decade, Rourke discussed his struggles with being famous and his disdain for the industry. In a 1992 interview, he admitted, “You go through the motions of feeling it, but you know the studio owns you, the public owns you. So over eight years, you slowly lose your spirit.”

He wanted to switch to another direction of his life.

In 1991, Rourke made a life-changing decision. With the feeling of self-destructing and lacking respect for himself as an actor, he felt compelled to return to boxing, a sport that was one of his first loves earlier in his life. He felt calm, and boxing became a sort of protection for him, an escape from the pressures of the acting world.

Several years after joining the boxing ring, Mickey faced huge misfortunes that cost him his career. He suffered numerous injuries, such as a split tongue, broken nose, fractured cheekbones, and ribs. He even got warnings of the potential that he might get permanent brain damage if he continued.

While trying to maintain his acting career simultaneously, fans couldn’t help but notice the changes he was doing to his body. The injuries and the surgeries were evident to all. In certain scenes of «Wild Orchid,» Rourke’s swollen cheeks were the main reasons that raised suspicions of poorly executed implants. Rourke denied these claims, attributing the swelling to unexpected side effects of tooth surgery, but questions stayed in the air.

The changes were more than he could ever expect.

During the 1990s, Rourke’s reputation shifted. He went from a promising young talent to a tragic figure. Because of criticizing the film industry, he struggled to find work and indulged in extravagant spending.

«I had my career going, about 10 years ago, in the right direction,» he said. «I started not liking the business, and not liking myself. I was slowly self-destructing at a pretty fast rate. I felt like I didn’t belong doing what I was doing, meaning acting. I felt some sort of guilt about being successful at it.»

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In 2009, Rourke revealed that his changing looks resulted from botched facial surgery. He admitted, «Most of it was to correct the damage caused by boxing, but I chose the wrong surgeon to put my face back together.»

After the success of «The Wrestler» and his Oscar nomination, Mickey Rourke experienced a resurgence in mainstream cinema. However, the challenges didn’t stop there. He expressed disappointment with his role in «Iron Man 2,» claiming that much of his performance was left on the cutting room floor and distanced from several projects, mentioning that he took them only for financial reasons.

Now he doesn’t plan to end his acting career.

While filming the Murder at Hollow Creek in 2023, the actor confessed that younger directors brought his acting career back to life after he was «blacklisted by Hollywood for 15 years.»

He shared: «The young guys are cool. They don’t care about what they hear. They judge me by my acting ability, not my old reputation. I have a love/hate relationship with acting. I enjoy what I’m doing at the moment because I can give everything that I’m taught. I have my confidence

Lots of famous actors and actresses have really changed since their big roles. Some of them look different now because they’ve had cosmetic procedures.


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