Mickey Rourke discusses his training methods for “The Wrestler”

After hitting rock bottom, Mickey Rourke resurrected his career with his role in “The Wrestler.” He’s received numerous awards and he’s also been nominated for an Oscar.

Brad Balfour interviewed Rourke about his comeback, which included a discussion of his training methods for the film.

Q: What did you do to get into shape to play “The Ram?”

MR: It was a process over six months of putting on the weight. I had to put on muscle and not fat and I had never done that before. I’ve had to lose weight–20 pounds over 12 weeks–and I thought that was murder. So, I thought, ‘Oh great, I get to eat.’ You can’t just eat anything or you’re going to put fat on. But you’re going to put fat on anyway, because you’re eating six or seven meals a day.

You have to make sure you’re doing the weight lifting and the cardio, so it’s like never ending in the gymnasium for me. I have to admit, since I’ve done the movie, I haven’t walked into a gym. I’ve just done weights at home. I just can’t go to a gym yet, because it was hell…

Q: How many months did you train?

It was six months. It was three times a day, under this Israeli ex-army commando guy, who was a martial arts champion. They met him in Miami and I thought, ‘Wow. This guy won’t take any shit.’ And I wanted someone who was very disciplined, because I didn’t want to control this. I wanted somebody who wasn’t going to kiss my ass. I didn’t want a trainer where I could go, “Well, I don’t feel like working out today.”

This guy took it personally if I didn’t show up. Actually, I was staying at a hotel. I had a late night and I wasn’t answering my phone. He actually came up to the room, knocked on the door. I tried to roll up in a little ball and get the covers over me and hope that he’d go away. The prick went down and got the key…

He was like, “You were out till five in the morning. I heard. I got the report.” He would know where I was and [that] I was out until five am. So after me doing that a couple of times, he pulled me aside and he says, “You see the pictures that we looked at that we want to look like.”

And I say, “Yes.” He said, “When this movie goes, do you want to look like that or do you want to look like this the first time you see yourself up there?’ And I go, ‘I want to look like that.” And so he really put the wood to me… Even when I was out late, I managed to get my tired ass to the gym and just do endless hours, putting on weight. And every time my hands were empty, he’d stick a shake in my hand about this big, and say “Drink.”


A Chat with Amy Weber

Bullz-Eye.com editor Mike Furci sat down with hottie Amy Weber in December to discuss her book, her Borat-style improvisational mockumentary ?Becoming Pony Boi” and much more.

Bullz-Eye: Amy, this is Mike from Bullz-Eye.com. How are you today?

Amy Weber: Good.

BE: Well, I?ve been going to your site here and there and checking it out; very well done by the way. It?s really easy to navigate.

AW: Thank you.

BE: I?ve seen you many times since our last interview and in the magazines. You are one busy person. How did you get this career started? How did you get the ball rolling for yourself?

AW: You know it was really something I wanted to do since I was a young child. But I don?t think when you?re in Illinois a lot of people say oh yeah, you?re going to go out to L.A. and you?re going to become an actress and there?s a lot of support thrown behind you. But you know since I was a little kid I was always doing fine arts contests, which were basically monologues, and winning and entertaining people. It wasn?t until I actually moved to L.A. that I realized that I actually did have a history really as an actress as a kid. It?s just something in you; it?s hard to explain. I think there are other artists that understand. You?re a writer so I just think that there are things that you just want to tell people things, or you want to influence people in some sort of a way, or there are stories in your head that you want to get out there.

To read the entire interview, click here.


Low back pain; relief is possible.

“By the time I saw Ali on Sept. 17, 2007, I was experiencing pain and stiffness, to some degree, 100 percent of the time. On a pain scale from zero to10, 10 being the worst pain I ever felt, I reported a three to eight, depending on the day. The pain had recently started radiating bilaterally into the buttocks, and I was also experiencing some ?low back weakness.? I was having a great deal of difficulty at work, and my workouts were piss-poor to say the least. I also started to experience some depression because after being so active my whole life and loving my job, my prognosis for the future looked pretty grim.

After Ali?s thorough assessment during that first visit, she devised a treatment plan that included muscle stimulation, chiropractic manipulation and ART to the associated muscles. After six visits Ali explained she would re-evaluate to determine the treatment effectiveness and adjust accordingly. I had seen, and heard, quite frequently, that athletes start to feel relief, even after the initial treatment. I wouldn?t have believed it if I didn?t experience it. The evening after my first treatment, and the next day, I had more flexibility and less pain than I did over the last several months. After three visits I couldn?t believe the progress.

Fast forward to today. I have benefited so greatly from the expertise of Dr. Aliann Young (below), ART and disc decompression, that I felt compelled to get the information out to as many of our readers as possible.”

Excerpt from ?Oh My Aching Back!? An interview with Dr. Ali Young


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