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 preferred it,” he tells The Put up earlier than strolling within the Philipp Plein-owned Billionaire present. “I’m right here for a number of days on the lookout for a home to maneuver again. I need to stay 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 somewhat bit.”

The “Wrestler” star, who introduced one among 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 gymnasium was there, and it saved me very disciplined. I don’t exit and drink anymore. I’m not in all of the flawed locations. I’ve acquired a very set routine — that’s coaching twice a day, or 3 times a day 12 weeks earlier than a battle. Boxing is 90 p.c cardio.”

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The 66-year-old has suffered severe well being penalties from the glove recreation, together with what he describes as a lack of equilibrium and shaky arms.

Designer Philipp Plein and actor Mickey Rourke walk runway for the Billionaire Fall/Winter 19/20 collection by Philipp Plein during New York Fashion Week on February 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Designer Philipp Plein and actor Mickey Rourke with Rourke’s furry pal Egor.AFP/Getty Pictures

“I acquired a number of concussions through the years; knocked out solely as soon as in observe,” he says. “I acquired identified with short-term reminiscence loss. I’d drive someplace and overlook that I drove my automotive and take a cab again. It was dangerous. Or any individual could be speaking to me, and I’d not retain what they’re saying. I might bear in mind s–t from a very long time in the past, however I couldn’t bear in mind the evening earlier than.”

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Regardless of the lapses, Rourke wished to proceed sparring within the ring. “I mentioned to the physician, ‘Three extra [fights] and I might get a title battle.’ And he mentioned, ‘You possibly can’t get hit within the head another time. You gotta grasp it up now.’ He mentioned, ‘When you cross over to the opposite facet, you’ll be able to’t return.’ ”

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Rourke heeded his recommendation, and noticed enchancment along with his reminiscence. “As two or three years glided by, it got here again once more.”

And shortly the gloves might be on once more. “I’m not going to battle till August,” says the Golden Globe winner, who stars within the upcoming “Night time Stroll” and “Legionnaire’s Path.” “However I’ve acquired 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 canines. No. 1 often comes, however he handed away seven days in the past,” says Rourke, referring to his late Pomeranian and displaying 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.


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