10 Questions for Mickey Rourke

After wrestling back into the spotlight, the actor looks ahead. Mickey Rourke will now take your questions

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Mickey Rourke

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Alex Robinson STILWELL, KANS.

Probably a baseball player. Then a boxer. I think it was always sports in general. I was not very comfortable in social settings. I was more comfortable on a ball field or in a gym than anywhere else.

Looking back, why do you think you were so self-destructive after your initial success? Rian Cooney, SAN FRANCISCO

Oh, there were a lot of reasons. None of them outstanding. I had a very naive outlook on what I thought acting was all about, and I wasn't...

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