Being a PETA spokesman doesn't exactly make MIckey Rourke my favorite person in the world but as a person who loves his dogs so much you can't help but sympathize with him.
From ABC News:
Mickey Rourke's Beloved Dog Dies Days Before Oscars
Star of 'The Wrestler' Sits Down With Barbara Walters for Annual Oscar Special
By KATIE ESCHERICH
Feb. 18, 2009
Mickey Rourke, who is nominated for a best actor Academy Award for his role in "The Wrestler," always thought that he'd get a second chance at success in Hollywood.
Oscar-nominated actor says 'The Wrestler' is the hardest movie he's ever made.
The 52-year-old actor told Barbara Walters that his performance as aging professional wrestler Randy "the Ram" Robinson represents the best work of his career.
"It's the hardest movie I ever made, and it's the best movie I ever made, with one of the best directors that I ever worked with," Rourke told Walters for an interview to air on her Oscar night special.
Rourke, who thanked his dogs -- "the ones who are here and the ones who aren't here anymore" -- in his Golden Globes acceptance speech, said goodbye to one of his best friends this week. Rourke's Chihuaua Loki died early Tuesday morning, his representatives confirmed to ABC News.
He told Walters that "the dogs were there when no one else was there."
"I sort of self-destructed. … The wife had left, the career was over, the money was not an ounce."
When he was at rock bottom, he said he realized, "I don't have kids. The dogs became everything to me. The dog was looking at me going, 'Who's going to take care of me?'"