7 Badass Actors Who Sacrificed Their Bodies For Art

5. Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler


It’s only fair; actual wrestlers pull shit 10 times worse than pretty much everything I’ll mention today – the least Mickey Rourke can do is get in on the action. During the scene where Rourke’s character gets bloodied because wrestling is totally real makes himself bleed – the idea is that he hides a little razor blade on his body to cut himself with to simulate an injury.

While director Darren Aronofsky did have a prosthetic forehead created for the gag, the actor decided to fake faking the injury with real razors with a real razor. Did that make sense? He cut himself in real life to pretend to be someone cutting himself in a movie to pretend to get cut in a wrestling match. It’s simple. The point is that he really did it.


David is a video editor, writer, and movie fanatic. After graduating from Full Sail University he now spends his days in Western Massachusetts working as a freelance article and sketch writer, as well as a comedy workshop moderator for Cracked.com. (Click Here to View David's work on Cracked.com) He enjoys over-analyzing movies, punk rock, and referring to himself in the third person.

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