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Mickey Rourke trashes Germany

The Local · 2 Nov 2011, 14:57

Published: 02 Nov 2011 14:57 GMT+01:00

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The 59-year-old star of “Iron Man 2” and “The Wrestler,” has had several bad experiences in Germany, it was revealed in an interview with the Berliner Kurier newspaper on Wednesday.

He has particularly bad memories of Hamburg from his brief stint as a professional boxer. “They booed me out of the ring,” the actor recalled of his fight against American Thomas McCoy in November 1993. “But I got my revenge this way [holds up both middle fingers] and won the fight.”

Rourke also has little respect for Germany's renowned medical expertise. Once suffering from a torn bicep, Rourke was forced to undergo surgery in Heidelberg. “Don't talk to me about Heidelberg," the Oscar-nominated actor commented. "The doctors ruined my arm.”

He has now bought a house in the western German town of Wiesbaden for the sake of his girlfriend Anastasia Makarenko whose father “works his ass off” as a taxi driver in nearby Mainz. He said although Makarenko has great Slavic looks, she “unfortunately has a German personality.”

But Rourke could not face living there. “Mainz is a boring town,” the star has decided. “That’s why we live in Wiesbaden. I like it there. No paparazzi.”

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Rourke inaugurated his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, where he broke down in tears as he thanked his grandmother.

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15:58 November 2, 2011 by finanzdoktor
So, if he has such a bad attitude towards Germany, why is he purchasing a house??? Let alone spending time there??? More than likely, the Heidelberg doctors did all they could for his arm, but he being an actor, knows better than them. Give me a break.
16:37 November 2, 2011 by nashville
Mickey Rourke is gross and at best a mediocre actor. His opinion is about as worthless as confederate money as far as I'm concerned. It is unbelieveable that he got a star on the walk of fame. What are they giving them out to just anybody these days?
16:58 November 2, 2011 by neunElf
Sounds like he is trying to crank up the publicity machine!

Poor baby needs some attention...
17:02 November 2, 2011 by zeddriver
Actors say such things. They should realize that they just end up alienating a part of the public that might have otherwise enjoyed the work they do. Actors don't seem to get it that the easiest way to ply their trade and make money. Is to have a wide ranging audience. Insulting people and endlessly expounding about how important their opinion is does not serve them well.
17:06 November 2, 2011 by Tony Karl
If Mr. Rourk, has such a low opinion of German culture. I would suggest that the world is wide. Certainly a man of his means could well find accommodations more to his liking elsewhere. Thanks for your attention
17:11 November 2, 2011 by maxbrando
Who is this guy? Nobody has ever heard of him in the U.S. Looks like a beefy alcoholic. He will like it even less when he is forced to pay German taxes. Good.
18:24 November 2, 2011 by William Thirteen
actually Rourke is well known in the US - though apparently not by all. And whatever any us may think about his opinions regarding Germany, I think we can all agree that it someone who is used to living fast and furious in LA might find Mainz a bit ... quiet....
18:48 November 2, 2011 by DOZ
Put him on a plane and point it to Iran.
19:10 November 2, 2011 by flipinwotsit
But the doctor was good...He made his arm ugly, like his face...He´s just a ´Big Berk`....
20:21 November 2, 2011 by karldehm
A real road warrior! But I think the road won.

He's hardly the type of person I would be quoting or paying much attention to.

Poor Mainz or is it Wiesbaden?

Where do these people come from?
20:56 November 2, 2011 by nadom
Unfortunate we do have a lot of idiots living in America and the majority of them live in Hollywood. That is the reason I think of all actors as scumbags.
21:13 November 2, 2011 by finanzdoktor
I think I get it now. He was disappointed there are no paparazzi in Wiesbaden, so he generated this story to get them there.
21:25 November 2, 2011 by wood artist
Did she have a "German personality" when he met her? Heck, I'm not even sure exactly what a "German personality" is, but I guess he shouldn't have taken up with her if he didn't like her personality, regardless of it's national origin.

Most of this is pretty stupid. It's like saying "I don't like London, because I got a speeding ticket there." It might be true, but if you were speeding, you probably deserved it...and London had nothing to do with it.

Personally I've found Germany pretty darn nice. Not every German is, but...that's true in every country in the world. I doubt Germany is exceptional on that basis.

21:50 November 2, 2011 by rfwilson
I believe the reply to someone like him, that is simply "famous for being famous" is.....

"I'm sorry... you must have me confused with someone who gives a damn about your opinion!!"
23:40 November 2, 2011 by hanskarl
"actually Rourke is well known in the US" Yes, as a belligerent dork who just happened to get lucky and have a Hollywood career that he personally ruined. Then he got lucky again with his last film and he is classified as a "success." Please take note that all the American chicks steer clear of him for a reason. Yes, Mainz is not what one would call a challenger to LA for glitz and glitter.
00:58 November 3, 2011 by Redwing
I think his girlfriend's command of the English language is probably poor, otherwise she would realize that he talks drivel and send him packing to where he came from.
02:48 November 3, 2011 by TheChanger
Rourke is a famous actor. He became famous for his role in a movie called "9 1/2 weeks" that was very graphic for the time period. He has also been in a few other films, some of which were pretty good, (Iron Man 2, The Wrestler, 13, etc).

That being said, Mickey Rourke needs to get over himself. His "good films" were either good because he was NOT the star, or when he was the star (The Wrestler) it was good because it made him out to be a real loser.

These days he spends his time walking around looking like a child picked out his wardrobe with his not very attractive Russian girlfriend on his arm and a face that looks more and more like someone beat his with a hot skillet each day.

In closing, Mickey Rourke has gone the way of many actors, which is to say that he has lost his grasp of reality and is instead living in a microcosm existence in which the world certainly does rotate around himself.
03:50 November 3, 2011 by OldMule
The usual course for American actors is to trash America and embrace Europe. But it doesn't matter. Rourke plays a lot of sleazy characters and, as best I can tell, is himself a sleazy character. Both he and his opinions about Germany should be ignored.
04:13 November 3, 2011 by reallybigdog
Now that everyone knows where he lives he may just find himself at some point face to face with some payback. Don't forget to look over your shoulder if you still can after that brutal facelift surgery that left you looking like a troll. Wouldn't you love to hear what he has to say about the doctor that butchered his face.
08:10 November 3, 2011 by zeddriver
Here is a little advice for the Hollywood celebrities.

It's far better to keep ones mouth shut and have people think you are stupid. Than to open it and prove them right.
08:26 November 3, 2011 by jlmcnamara
Relax the comments.

The guy speaks his mind and he may have a point. German doctors are generally pretty good and Heidelberg is home to the best, but it may well be that they screwed up Mickey's bicep. I'd argue that he should be more critical of his Beverly Hills surgeons because the work done on his face is anything but a success.

I've never been to Mainz and it may be a boring place. That's why he bought the house in Wiesbaden. Some towns in Germany rock, others are more low key.

I also assume his girlfriend is pretty hot, and therefore pretty conceited. She is probably a mix of pampered slavic woman and a touch of "in Germany everything is smarter and better" attitude.
09:36 November 3, 2011 by zeddriver

Point taken. But. Here's the problem. When you state your opinion in such a public manner. It pays to do it in a diplomatic way. There was absolutely no reason to say such a thing about his girl friend to the public at large. Being booed in his fight! Maybe he sucked at fighting. He was the one that put himself into the public arena and didn't measure up. Yet he blames the public. If he doesn't like Mainz and decided to settle is Wiesbaden. He should just say that he settled Wiesbaden because he thinks it's an exciting place. He really didn't even need to mention Mainz.

I personally don't like it when anyone makes a generalization about a people or

place based on their experience with just a few of the locals.
10:58 November 3, 2011 by ND1000
German doctors are no better or worse than anywhere else in the developed world. Still though they arent as superior as they think. Mainz is boring and Wiesbaden is pretty cool, and many people outside of Germany believe Germans are grouchy and self righteous ( sorry Germans but its true). With all that said Rourke is a bit low class himself so Germans shouldnt really care what he says.
13:06 November 3, 2011 by zeddriver

Your Mainz statement illustrates my point. That's a rather broad statement. What's boring for you. Might not be so for the next person.

I have grouchy neighbors in America. They are not grouchy due to being American. They are grouchy because it is in their nature. They would be that way no matter where they live.

People do have the ability to state their opinion without insulting others. It just takes more thoughtfulness and work than most are willing to put forth. It however takes very little effort to be negative. As we saw from Rourkes' ramblings.
13:34 November 3, 2011 by pegster
When I read this, I see a guy talking about his life, and the Media (as usual) blowing it out of proportion... Its obviously heavily edited and when you look at the headline, you see which angle they are taking. And if he wants to knock it, so be it, maybe he was having a bad day. I live in Wiesbaden and apparently he is seen hanging out in the city often and is a nice friendly guy with no attitude, he is not a princess.

I loved him in 91/2 weeks and The Wrestler. He hasnt had the easiest life, I think he can comlpain a bit sometimes.
14:28 November 3, 2011 by zeddriver

With all due respect. Wether he has had a less than perfect life or a bad day does not matter. He is a public figure. And it is in his best interest to temper anything he says with the fact that it will be published and scrutinized. If he was having a bad day. Then he should have rescheduled his interview by saying he was sick or something.

As a guest in Germany. I have to be mindful of how I act towards others. Even if I have a bad experience caused by a German. I must not over react and curse them in public and insinuate that all Germans are a pain. Or that their cities suck. Or disrespect my wife in a public manner. Because in the end I will be labeled the intolerant loud mouthed Ill mannered American. It maters not one wit that the initial problem may have been started by a German I encountered.

Not sure why the concept of being polite when speaking in or to the public is so hard to understand.
18:57 November 3, 2011 by lordkorner
Some things just aren't news worthy, this is one of those things...
19:51 November 3, 2011 by petenick
I am quite surprised that he even has a girlfriend!
20:01 November 3, 2011 by JCBearss
I myself live in Wiesbaden and find the opposite true. Wiesbaden is a sleepy high strung richmans town where Mainz has a much more upbeat flair. Shame that this man has such a strange way of seeing things.
03:08 November 4, 2011 by jusplayinwhitcha
personally I think he's an arsehole, with a mediocre acting career and his opinion of anything doesn't really amount to much! just my two cents.
08:06 November 4, 2011 by Ms, SEC
What a jerk, this is why most people look down on Americans.

If he hates it so much, why not next time he leaves don't let the jerk back in. Ha that would teach him a lesson,

You don't crap where you lay your head.
15:37 November 4, 2011 by maxbrando
He bought his house in Wiesbaden so he can suck off of the U.S. Military installations there - the new home of the U.S. Army in Europe.
17:14 November 4, 2011 by rmsbl4
@ nashville Your last sentance is almost completly correct. Basically you must put up $30K before you can get your star. I just read a story within the last 6 weeks and that was the main point($30K)
18:37 November 4, 2011 by McNair Kaserne
Too many punches to the head and a Hollywood California outlook, pretty much predictable. Those kinds of "celebrities" do tend to think the world should revolve around them. Many of those types have toadies that cater to their every whim, and it tends to change their worldview.

Germans in the Wiesbaden-Mainz area were kind enough to tolerate my antics for a year while I was stationed at WAB, so I have nothing bad to say about them. ;)
19:39 November 4, 2011 by Gottsch Family
This guy is a has been. I don't know what else can be said that has not already been posted. Unfortunately, these so called "stars" make all us Americans seem petty.
20:58 November 4, 2011 by internationalwatch
I think half of the time wasters on thelocal are Americans with German roots who are somehow trying to connect themselves to a culture. It looks really lame when you say, "oh my grand parents were German, oh my great grandpa moved from Germany to US" that's why I feel close to Germany.

But you know one thing because of folks like you claiming such ties USA still has some racism left in it :) Ha ha ha surprise!
21:16 November 4, 2011 by Drewsky
This is one article that wasn't really worth the ink (no offense to the writer; an assignment is an assignment) Mickey hasn't been a star since the 80s, and that was really only in a few films of limited interest. I would suggest that Germans simply ignore him as an inconsequential personality with more money than brains.
21:43 November 4, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
If he doesn't like it, no one is forcing him to stay.His statement is one of immaturity and sounds like he's desperate for attention. The really surprising thing is how he trashed his girlfriend's personality in the process! I wonder what HER reaction was to that!
01:24 November 5, 2011 by padu
Oh, Americans! They are sometimes even boring than Germans. lol!
01:33 November 5, 2011 by Motorhead
Mickey Rourke, who's he? Obviously some nut job. And nut job is a "nice" description. Geeesh. Or, in Russian, bozhe moi.
01:49 November 5, 2011 by ms915

I am an American with German roots living in Germany. While it's laudable that you agree that all forms of racism and prejudice are distasteful, perhaps you should look a little more closely at what you write?
07:58 November 5, 2011 by planedr
Now you know how Americans feel when you idiot Eurotrash bad mouth the US. And you have to admit your personalities could use some polishing. Try smiling and nodding hello sometime instead of having that "I just tasted a fart" look on your face.
12:33 November 5, 2011 by George Palmer
Why does he have to be so verbose? If he doesn't like it he can lump it. I personally find Germany far more interesting than America, but I don't mouth off about it. I guess being a celebrity he was paid to say something that would upset people. Rock on Germany.
15:23 November 5, 2011 by strahlungsamt
Mickey Rourke is a total dooshbag who used to raise money for IRA terrorists back in the 80s. Like most Hollywood celebrities, he thought he was helping a good cause when in fact it was to support a criminal enterprise which killed and injured thousands.

That alone I can't forgive him for. I don't care if his acting is Oscar-worthy (which it isn't) and I'm Irish.
16:24 November 6, 2011 by Misterbee
Dear Germany:

Thanks to whomever sold this obnoxious nit-wit a house. You will all earn a big, collective "Thank you", if you will just keep this loud-mouthed idiot for the rest of his natural life.

Thanks again for your help.
22:27 November 6, 2011 by strahlungsamt

And here's his beautiful girlfriend. See what he gets for being so good looking and intelligent. I mean, she's definitely not after him for his money or anything like that. Not a nice Russian girl like that.
08:21 November 7, 2011 by Dizz
Personally I think German doctors are crap. They may be highly trained but the vets here have a better bedside manner. The doctors are so frikkin condescending and smug but that IS because of the German attitude to just bend over and open wide infront of anyone in a position of authority so they get away with being the way thay are. All would be forgiven though if after that they were diligent in their work. But they are not. Because they think of themselves as so superior they pay little attention in their work, screw up VERY often and get away with it. I'm not advocating a US-style litiginous environment but some come-back is sorely needed. Someone in here lost a baby due to neglect and the attitude I described. Have a look at their posts. I know someone else who's daughter had a minor operation and woke up with a massive bump on her head. They had dropped her while she was unconscious!
16:32 November 7, 2011 by Bruno53
If he doesn't like the place, what the hell this idiot, and lousy actor, is doing there?? Anyway, don't pay attention to him. He is a complete idiot, and a bozo.
04:28 November 8, 2011 by volvoman9
This man made his fortune by being a boorish loudmouth. However one cannot deny that this article got just what he probably wanted. lots of attention. W create these idiots by exhaulting them.
22:39 November 10, 2011 by nmartz
As an American physician who lived in FfM for 18 months and went to Wiesbaden, Mainz and Heidelberg quite a few times I have the following observations. The German medical system is far superior to the American non-system especially when it comes to providing for everyone at much less expense. What's not to like about the above cities. The 18 yo Russian wife of the official buried in the Orthodox cathedral in Wiesbaden didn't fare too well, but Mickey's wife will have benefit of modern medicine if needed.
03:58 November 15, 2012 by royp
what a bunch of losers here on the local, it would be legendary to go for a night on the town with mental mickey. His drinking , womanizing are all signs of his poetic soul struggling with existential angst. He is the best actor of his generation, one of the all time best actors ever ! his only mistake is to not have died younger like James Dean. I live nearby in Frankfurt so Mickey if you need some drinking buddies, come to Frankfurt, we have plenty of good bars and bad women, what more do you need
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