By Christopher Heard

Having become established as a global screen idol, respected actor and sex symbol during the 1980s, Mickey Rourke's well-publicised personal problems saw him labelled an uncontrollable maverick. These issues drove him to turn his back on acting to embark upon a brief but intense sojourn as a professional boxer. After retiring from the ring, Rourke set about re-establishing himself in Hollywood – a process that culminated with his portrayal of Marv, a lovelorn sociopath, in the big-budget adaptation of Frank Miller's acclaimed Sin City graphic novels, as well as in Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, in which Rourke's character tries to find redemption from his older life. Featuring extensive interviews with Rourke, High and Low, charts the trajectory of this unique actor's amazing life.

192 pages / 100 photos
230 x 170mm
ISBN 978 0 85965 386 2