Mickey Rourke was said to be looking for a new dog to replace his beloved chihuahua, Loki, who passed last week at the age of 17 right before the Oscars. Rourke wore a little pendant to the event with a photo of Loki. It was custom made for him by a jewelry designer from NY, who has one for her own departed dog. Rourke got choked up on red carpet at the Oscars when he talked about Loki. He said that he would rather have more time with her than have an Oscar:
“It’s bittersweet. I said to myself I’d rather have Loki for another two years than an Oscar. And I told her that. But she stayed as long as she could, you know.”
Rourke was spotted out at LAX yesterday with a
new white chihuahua. Photo agency Bauer-Griffin says the dog is named “Jaws.” Rourke was said to be considering the name “Oscar” for a dog, but he either decided against it or that was just a rumor.
I was surprised Rourke didn’t take home the Oscar, although he was neck and neck with Sean Penn this awards season. Rourke won the BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit Awards while Penn took home the SAG and Critics Choice Awards, which are generally better at predicting the Oscars. Penn also seemed to benefit from the controversy over Prop 8 banning gay marriage (hopefully temporarily) in California.
Rourke might not have received his industry’s highest honor, but he’s definitely earned their respect after a hard fought comeback. We look forward to seeing more of him on the big screen, and to seeing more photos of his adorable dog.
Update: thanks to all of you who pointed out that Jaws is not a new dog and that Jaws appeared with Rourke in a PETA ad out earlier this yea.
Thanks to Bauergriffinonline and photographer Matingas for these pictures.
Adorable! I surprisingly find myself rooting for MR. Also I loved his crazy acceptance speech for his Spirit award. What’s wrong with me??
I don’t normally like small dogs but I’m in love!
SO sweet! Something very touching about someone as rough hewn and raw as Mickey having such a passion for such small, delicate little dogs. I’m over him not getting the Oscar, all the support and goodwill he’s got behind him probably means more to him than any award anyway.
I’ve never liked chihuahuas and probably never will…but I’m glad that MR has found another little guy to love. I know how hard it is to lose a pet, and while you can’t replace them, you can certainly find comfort and love from a new one. I suspect that the Jaws will have a very good life with MR. Good for both of them!
I hope he rescued him and didn’t get him from a breeder.
I’m rooting for MR, too. He seems like such a good person and I’m glad he got himself a friend. That picture of him kissing that pup is the sweetest ever. He’s just a little eccentric, nothing wrong with that. Like my vet always says, more than 3 pets is eccentric, knowing I have 6 cats. I always ask him, “how many do you have?” He will always admit to about 6 cats and 4 or 5 dogs.
Nothing’s wrong with anyone rooting for Mickey. Obviously, he is a tenderhearted, sweet man who went down a dark path and found a way out. And he probably is more grateful for all the goodwill and love coming his way than willing an Oscar. I love him. Always have, always will.
Awwww, ok I officially like him now. All this good press has worn me down.
Aw! How freaking cute! I love men who openly show affection for their doggies.
I fell in love with my husband when I saw him kiss his puppy on the head & tell him that his daddy loved him. *swoon*
BTW, Jaws is NOT a new dog. Mickey has 4 other chi’s.
I didn’t like him, but now that I’ve seen and heard how much he loves his dogs, he has won my admiration.
Ditto. at first I thought he was really nasty, but after hearing about his love for animals/his dog I warmed up completely to him. Such a sweetheart
Mickey Rourke has posed for PETA ad with Jaws in times gone by — so he must not be his “new dog” Jaws.
He seems to be good to his dogs — that’s so sweet. I love a man who loves his animals.
thanks for letting me know jaws is not a new pup. I will update this!
hey! these are my pics 😀
yah.. Mickey is a great guy
Thanks Matingas I will credit you by name!
Jaws was in a terrible situation and Micky adopted him. He said it took a good six months to win his trust and now he’s a great pet. He also said people shouldn’t get a dog if they’re not willing to devote the time and care to them.
dammit Mickey,knock it off ! You’re distracting me from your man-bag.
Too cute pup love…. it’s funny when you see a big ole rough guy being sweet to the pups, I know a guy like that, and it’s too cute. However on the flipside i’ve seen a few people who can be nice to a dog but shitty to people. just saying. Not a commentary on MR per se.
On a side note, is flying with animals different in the states? That seems like a small bag for that dog…last time i flew with my pup, she had to be in a crate that had a half foot clearance over her head while standing, and she’s only 13 pounds. (hence she couldn’t go under the seat, the crate wouldn’t fit)
Cute little dog. I love chihuahuas. They are so shaky and small and adorable.
orion: Jaws couldn’t be more than 5-7 pounds so maybe it was a size issue with your dog. You are allowed to bring cats on planes in carriers that size.
Love any man who can show so much love and tenderness for one of God’s smallest creaters!!!!!
I am very sorry that Loki died. I have also lost pets and it does not get easier. I have yet to recover from the loss of my b/w border collie 8yrs ago. I miss Sherri daily and cried uncontrollably for months. Being childless and alone she was my world. My mom died a year before I had to put Sherri to sleep. I love my cats but dogs you take everywhere. I still dont go to “our spots”. My heart has no room for another furry friend and I focus on my cats. Who are ill and I cant afford a vet.
I am doing my best to care for them. They have worms and over the counter stuff has made them sicker. Gus is 13 and Max is 5. I caution people who are the working poor against having pets. Its not a joy deciding between eating and rent and your friends. Even if you think you can afford them illness can happen. Think before you adopt. I wish I had.