Using steroids in preparing for a movie about a washed-up professional wrestler? Innovative. And recruit an actor known for drug and alcohol abuse to play the protagonist? Interesting.
Actor Micky Rourke's art apparently mimics real life in his role as a age professional wrestler in 'The Wrestler'. Appears he admits to roiding it up for the movie role. To the New York Daily News:
Mickey Rourke really did those backflips and rope dives in “The Wrestler,” but probably not without a little help. Though he doubled his daily 80-minute workouts with an Israeli cage fighter and ate seven meals a day, Men’s Journal reports that he most likely took steroids.
When asked, Rourke said: “When I’m a wrestler, I behave like a wrestler.”
Behaving like a wrestler would mean getting on the juice, along with some other stuff.
In the past Rourke spent time as a bodybuilder, and a boxer. He knows about the 'program'. He looks to be in pretty good shape for a 56 year-old hard-livin' actor.