Mickey Rourke Thinks His Best Work Is Yet to Come


World Premiere of "Iron Man 2".El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood, CA.April 26, 2010. (Bauer Griffin)more pics »Mickey Rourke may have had a career resurgence they few could have dreamed of, but he's not done yet. The 57-year-old actor -- who received widespread critical acclaim for his role as washed up grappler Randy 'The Ram' Robinson in The Wrestler -- is determined to make the most of his opportunities and plans to keep himself in the best shape possible so he still gets offered good roles.

Mickey Rourke at a photo call for Iron Man 2. (Getty Images)
Mickey -- who spent several years in the Hollywood wilderness before appearing 2005's Sin City -- said: "I like working again. People say, 'What is the best movie you've made?' and I say, 'I haven't made it yet. I've got to keep moving forward.'

"If you take care of yourself and you live a certain way, watch your diet and you exercise a certain way. And I think if you are a good person and you don't get too much plastic surgery, you could keep working."

The former hellraiser -- who was one of the biggest stars of the 80s before his wild partying and difficult behavior made him a Hollywood outcast -- is enjoying his success more now because of the lessons he learned during his lean period.

He added in an interview with the Daily Record newspaper: "I would have enjoyed it if I could have enjoyed it the first time, but I let it go. I understand you pay the price if you're not accountable or responsible or professional. And if I knew I was going to mess everything up as bad as I did, I wouldn't have told everybody to get lost. I would have been a good soldier and just marched in line. I made some really bad mistakes and I blame only myself."

Mickey is just as pleased with the success of his Iron Man 2 co-star Robert Downey Jr., who has fought back from drug addiction to transform his career.

He said: "I'm so happy with what's happening with him because usually if you have problems with drugs you end up like a garbage can. I can't think of many people who have made it back like he did, because he didn't have a little drug problem, he had a big drug problem."

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