Tributee Barry Levinson on Mickey Rourke

Screenwriters Tributee Levinson reflects on career of DINER star Mickey Rourke.

In their 2009 Oscar edition, the New York Times asked NFF15 Screenwriters Tributee Barry Levinson to write piece on Best Actor nominee Mickey Rourke, whom he directed in 1982's Diner, giving Rourke a tremendous breakthrough role and launching his career as a major Hollywood director in the process. Throughout, Levinson muses on Rourke's unpredictable nature, his raw talent, and his missed opportunity to define the next generation of screen actors. With Rourke's devastatingly understated performance in The Wrestler, Levinson implies, his newest work feels more like return to form than a comeback.

Check out the NY Times piece.

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