Mickey Rourke Used Pictures of 'Recently Deceased Pets' On Set of 'Iron Man 2'

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Mickey Rourke is so close to his dogs that he once thanked them for being there for him during a Golden Globe acceptance speech. So it should come as no surprise that he might use memories of the beloved pooches when he has to go to a dark place as an actor.

Mickey Rourke with Loki in 2008. (Getty)
According Robert Downey, Jr. that's just what he did while they were filming Iron Man 2.

“He would have someone holding pictures of recently deceased pets off camera to make him feel sad or whatever for a scene,” Robert told the British newspaper the Daily Express. “It was all serious stuff. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

In an interview with Barbara Walters in 2009, Mickey credited his dogs for making him want to live during a dark time in his life, and he's recently been mourning the death of Loki, who was 18 years old when he died.

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