Talk about taking a hit! Fame by A.J. Benza has learned that actor and former boxer Mickey Rourke walked off the Hollywood set of his latest indie film, Legionnaire’s Trail, after tripping over his lines — and it may have something to do with a ruff situation at home.
The 66-year-old’s costar, Bai Ling, had no trouble memorizing her scenes with Mickey, and eventually a teleprompter operator was brought in, sources say — but it didn’t help matters at all!
Mickey threw in the towel and bolted from the set a full six hours early, according to insiders, who say he might still be mourning the death of one of his beloved Chihuahuas, Tango.
“His dogs are everything to him,” sighs the source. “Some days he misses that little guy, whose nickname was ‘No. 1,’ and it just destroys him.”
In November 2015, Mickey told reporters that his dogs once saved him from committing suicide. “I was going through a really rough time,” he told Page Six at the time.
“I was hurting myself and I was sitting in the closet one day. I couldn’t take it anymore and picked up a gun,” he added.
Mickey — who has been open about his drug and alcohol abuse — emotionally continued, “I was deciding what part of my head to put it on and my dog, Beau Jack, he [cried] and I looked over and he looked up at me like this and … he said [with his eyes], ‘Who’s going to look after me?’ And it made me put the gun down. I was ready to go.”
He also once admitted: “I get along better with dogs than I do with people.”