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Spun - Mickey Rourke Q&A



Compiled by Jack Foley

Q. What was the appeal? Was it simply what was on the page, or meeting Jonas?
A.
No, I really didn't like the script. It was all about working with Jonas.

Q. Did you know him before?
A.
I'd bumped into him, yeah...

Q. Was there any opportunity to take the character and perhaps run with it in a different direction?
A.
I tried to. But he's a pretty strong director for a guy who's just starting out. He knows what he wants, which was part of the attraction - his enthusiasm. Cos mine was....

Q. So did you come to like the script or the story?
A.
No. I didn't really care for the material. The whole thing was working with him [Jonas]. I like him on the floor; he knew what he wanted.
You know, if you're lucky, you run across directors that can translate their material. I've had a few of those before, and Jonas falls into that category.

Q. But you did some great stuff...
A.
[Long pause] It was fun.

Q. It's such a visually striking film, you get the impression that this is what being on speed must be like, so how was that communicated to you when working, because, obviously, a lot of the stuff we see is post-production? Especially when doing something like the General Patten-type speech. You must know that you're in uncharted territory?
A.
It was a lot of lines... We had huge cue cards. I haven't had an opportunity to see the movie, so I don't know, what you're talking about visually. I've heard a lot.

Q. There is a lovely line where you and Eric [Roberts] meet for the first time and say 'it's been a long time' - 20 years, in fact. You and he, as both sort of elder statesmen, compared to the group you were working with, which is pretty much where you were when you started out...
A.
I hadn't seen Eric in many years.

Q. Do you find a difference between the attitude and approach of the cast you were working with, as opposed to your own at that time?
A.
It's a long story. But you know what I mean...

Q. You say you hadn't seen him for a long time. It must have been a shock to see him in a blonde wig and glasses?
A.
No, Eric is one of my favourite actors, you know. I believe he only worked for a day, or two, and Jonas came over to me and said 'I'm glad I only got him a day or two [laughs]'. But I love working with Eric, he is a real talent.

Q. I referred earlier to the edginess of the material you do, and maybe it seems to be more high-profile, so is that reflected in other things that you're going to be doing?
A.
Probably [sighs].

Q. Are you getting a very diverse range of scripts? Or just the edgy stuff?
A.
Edgy stuff.

Q. And do you like that?
A.
Not particularly... I mean, you know, you could mail it in.

Q. How are you actually approaching and managing this thrilling comeback?
A.
The little guy in the white shirt is taking care of all of that [laughs, pointing to a man stood at the back of the press conference]. I'm not handling any of it. I'm finally, for the first time in my life, listening to someone else.

Q. From a personal perspective, do you now feel stronger, perhaps, for having done all of that in your alternate career? Or do you kind of regret, perhaps, having to go through that?
A.
Regret, yeah. A lot of regrets. That I don't want to talk about.

Q. How do you get into a role. Do you get on set and go, or do you have methods?
A.
I guess in my travels I've met a lot of guys that, you know, mess around with the gear. You meet a lot of bikers, or tattoo artists, or strippers, that are all on it because of the profession.
The girls would do it, just because they've got to tune out, cos they've got to dance in front of fat, hairy men, you know; and tattoo artists do it, because it keeps them very intricate, so people have certain lines of work that gravitate towards that lifestyle, and it becomes a way of life for them, you know.
You really can't trust anybody that does a lot of that gear. They are very untrustworthy, and real pain in the arses.
So first thing, my immediate reaction when I read it, was 'oh, I hate these fucking guys', you know, because they are out there. They don't realise it, though. And that drug really bites you in the arse; it deteriorates you later on, gradually, and it's quite... a lot of people are doing it now, you know.
You see it now, whereas before it was just a certain type of people, like bikers or strippers. Now, you see it around.

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