facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Rourke gives salty BAFTA speech

Feb. 9, 2009 at 9:23 PM   |   Comments

2 of 2
| License Photo
LONDON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- The F-bombs in Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke's BAFTA acceptance speech were bleeped out when the U.K. awards show aired on BBC America.

Rourke won the leading actor prize at the British Orange Academy Film Awards ceremony in London Sunday night for his portrayal of an aging pro wrestling icon desperate to recapture his glory days in the big-screen drama, "The Wrestler."

"It's a pretty statue," Rourke said upon collecting his BAFTA mask, which he dedicated to his late friend, actor Richard Harris. "Thank you to BAFTA, to Optimum Pictures, to Fox Searchlight, to (director) Darren Aronofsky, who gave me a second chance after I (expletive) up my career for 15 years... I want to thank my agent, who put his career in jeopardy by representing me several years ago, David Unger... I want to thank my publicist, Paula Woods, for having the hardest job in show business -- telling me where to go, what to do, when to do it, what to eat, what to dress, what to (expletive...) Oh God, it's such a pleasure to be here and be back out of the darkness."

Rourke also described his co-star Marisa Tomei as "a hell of a talent," thanked her for putting up with him and called her brave for "taking her clothes off all the time" in the movie.

"I enjoyed looking at her," he said.

BAFTA host Jonathan Ross, who recently returned to the BBC airwaves after a 90-day suspension for leaving sexually explicit voicemail messages for someone as part of a radio prank, quipped: "The great Mickey Rourke. And I'm afraid after that speech, he's now suspended for three months."

© 2009 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Sarah Michelle Gellar debuts choppy bob Sarah Michelle Gellar debuts choppy bob
2
Missy Elliott shows off dramatic weight loss in NYC Missy Elliott shows off dramatic weight loss in NYC
3
'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' stars reunite at America Ferrera's NYC show 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' stars reunite at America Ferrera's NYC show
4
David Letterman's cue-card holder Tony Mendez fired for assault David Letterman's cue-card holder Tony Mendez fired for assault
5
Evan Rachel Wood says Vanity Fair cover made her 'like meat' Evan Rachel Wood says Vanity Fair cover made her 'like meat'
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback