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Mickey Rourke's Face: How the Actor's Looks Have Changed through the Years after Plastic Surgery

Bettina Dizon
Jun 20, 2022
03:50 A.M.
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Mickey Rourke's plastic surgery over the years caused him to look nearly unrecognizable. Here's what an expert had to say about the actor's going under the knife.

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Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro's long-time feud resurfaced when the former took a jab at "The Irishman" star on his personal Instagram account.

Rourke believes that De Niro refused to work with him in a movie, thus cutting off his chance to star in another film.

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He went on an Instagram rampage dedicated to De Niro, calling "The Dirty Grandpa" star several names. "When I see you, I swear to God on my grandmother, on my brother and all my dogs, [I'm] gonna embarrass you severely 100%," he threatened.

The actors' feud began when they co-starred in the 1987 film "Angel Heart." It was the first and last time the duo collaborated for a movie and fought, not burying the hatchet since.

De Niro has since continued his career in the entertainment industry with several movies under his belt. Meanwhile, Rourke has been busy pursuing other interests, including going under the knife.

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HOW HAS MICKEY ROURKE'S FACE CHANGED OVER THE YEARS AFTER PLASTIC SURGERY?

Physical change is a natural part of life as people age, and Rourke is definitely no exception. During his younger years, the actor would smile with his mouth closed because he had lost some teeth. He later fixed this problem alongside other enhancements.

Rourke had an undeniable charm at the onset of his career, starring in films such as "The Pope of Greenwich Village," "Rumble Fish," and "Diner." His angular face and heavy eyelids projected the man in him, like James Dean and Marlon Brando.

When the '90s came, he decided to shift lanes and pursue a boxing career. He knew that taking on such a job would put him at risk for physical injuries. So he broke his nose twice, hurt his ribs, and damaged his cheekbones.

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Mickey Rourke on the set of his film, "Nine 1/2 Weeks." | Source: Getty Images

Rourke took the necessary steps to fix the problems, so when he appeared in "Wild Orchid," his cheeks were visibly swollen as a reported bi-product of implants. The actor denied such rumors and claimed it was due to tooth surgery.

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In 2009, Rourke admitted that his appearance changed because of facial surgery. "Most of it was to mend the mess of my face because of the boxing, but I went to the wrong guy to put my face back together," he said.

Mickey Rourke during the premiere of Open Road's "Triple 9" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on February 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

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EXPERT COMMENTS ON MICKEY ROURKE'S 'UNRECOGNIZABLE' FACE

In 2019, Rourke appeared for an interview with Pier Morgan and Susanna Reid, stunning GMB viewers with his unrecognizable face. Hala Elgmati, a hair transplant surgeon and aesthetic doctor, shared her sentiments on the actor's physical appearance. She said:

“Looking back to when Mickey was a fresh-faced 19-year-old, he was so handsome. Even up until his forties, with a little sign of aging. He looked masculine and attractive.”

She added, "But the work Mickey has done has negatively affected his facial proportions, to the point where it's now quite jarring to the human eye." Elgmati believes his surgeries are "overdone."

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Mickey Rourke during the Acropolis in Athens on September 10, 2020. | Source: Getty Images

WHERE CAN WE SEE YOUNG MICKEY ROURKE?

Rourke has been gracing the screen for many years. In 1982, he starred in "Diner," bringing to life the womanizer character, Boogey.

He later starred in "Another 9 ½ Weeks," a film that brought the actor's career down due to the audience's lack of interest. However, Rourke's performance in "Rumble Fish" made up for the previous film. Rourke also famously starred in "The Pope of Greenwich Village" alongside Eric Roberts.

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