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Rourke gives thanks to grandma

Published 01/11/2011 | 12:33

Mickey Rourke paid tribute to his late grandmother as he was honoured in Hollywood
Mickey Rourke paid tribute to his late grandmother as he was honoured in Hollywood

Mickey Rourke thanked his late grandmother as he got his hands and feet immortalised in cement in Hollywood.

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The 59-year-old, who made his screen comeback in 2005's Sin City before his Oscar-nominated performance in The Wrestler, made his mark on history at the ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, where he was joined by Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau and actor Eric Roberts.

During an emotional speech, Mickey revealed that his grandmother introduced him to the world of films: "She told me about all these people, and kind of educated me when I was a little boy about all this stuff, and she would have told me to stand up straight, keep my shoulders back, 'make sure you take that goddamn toothpick out of your mouth so you don't look like some white trash hill-billy standing on the corner'.

"She would have said, 'stand up, be a gentleman, say please and thank you', so I hope I didn't leave nobody out, but thank you very much. Thank you from my grandmother because I wouldn't be here if I didn't have the love she gave me."

Mickey - who next stars in Tarsem Singh's action adventure Immortals alongside Henry Cavill and Frieda Pinto - described the ceremony as an "event".

"I used to walk up and down this street for four years - I worked across the street bouncing in a transvestite bar - and I'd walk up and down and put my hands on top of some of this," he added.

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