Day One was a double feature: Pope of Greenwich Village and 9 1/2 Weeks.
Naturally, Michael was there. I asked him to “report” on it for my blog. He agreed, hot shot though he is. My own Mickey Rourke piece is done (it ran to 9 pages, sorry, editor) and should go up next week.
In the meantime, here are Michael’s thoughtful comments.
DAY ONE, by Michael
Day One was great. So amazing to see these films, particularly 9 1/2 WEEKS on the big screen. I never had. He’s simply stunning. He never looks like he’s making choices, like he’s “acting”, and yet he’s completely unpredictable, funny and transparent while also being mysterious. And beautiful, in a broken way.
I agree that part of his genius, like Brando, was his self-destruction, but it’s heartbreaking to see how beautiful he was then, how expressive his face was, how he was capable of playing a wealthy stockbroker, while now he can only play criminals, sleazebags and weirdos.
I’m very interested in seeing THE WRESTLER, seeing some old Mickey in the new visage. Thank you for not saying anything about it.