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Mickey Rourke didn’t flinch when he was offered the chance to appear in a religious film.

The veteran actor and former boxer is featured in “Man of God,” which focuses on Saint Nektarios of Aegina, a Greek Orthodox saint known as a people’s priest in the 19th century. Although he was exiled from Egypt, he cared for the poor, taught peasant women to read and write, and established a convent on a desert island that still serves as a beacon for pilgrims, Variety reported.

The film, directed and written by Yelena Popovic, stars Aris Servetalis as Nektarios. Rourke portrays a paralyzed man.

Mickey Rourke plays a paralyzed man in “Man of God.”
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The star, who was previously nominated for an Oscar in 2009 for “The Wrestler,” told Fox News Digital that his connection to Catholicism compelled him to take on the role.

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“You know, they make all these Marvel movies that give me a stomach ache,” the 69-year-old explained. “It’s good to find a filmmaker who wants to take a chance and make a film like this. There is no guarantee that you will have an audience. But I think with everything going on in the world, people are going to be curious to know what this story is about. And she has a lot of integrity. ”

Rourke said reconnecting with his faith hits close to home.

Mickey Rourke visits the Acropolis on September 10, 2020 in Athens, Greece.
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“My life would have taken a different path if my grandmother wasn’t so religious,” he said. “A lot of brutal bullshit happened early in my life. And when that happens, you live with shame. Either you live in this shame and you’re a broken man, or you get tough. I was very comfortable on the streets growing up. But there is a God. My priest told me: “God hears everything you say. It’s just that he doesn’t give it to you when you want it. You have to keep persevering and keep communicating with him. You talked to God before the house burned down.’ »

Rourke recalled how prayer played an important role in his life. He was 18 when he said his younger brother Joey was diagnosed with cancer at 17.

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“I was told he had six months to live,” Rourke recalls. “My grandmother told me about a particular saint, St. Jude. I still pray to this day. And my brother did. … If Joey had died at 17, when I was 18, there’s no way I would’ve been in the acting business. »

Actor Mickey Rourke looks up at the sky as he remembers his grandmother during his hand and footprint ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California October 31, 2011.

Actor Mickey Rourke looks up at the sky as he remembers his grandmother during his hand and footprint ceremony outside Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California October 31, 2011.
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Joey Rourke died in 2004 at the age of 50. The eldest admitted that for two years he could not pray. He eventually found solace with the Reverend Peter Colapietro at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in New York.

“I was talking to him on the weekends,” Rourke said. “And I was like, ‘I’m not going to pray anymore.’ One day he looked at me and said, “Mickey, nobody has a pass. Everyone is going to lose a mother, a father, a brother, a sister, an aunt and an uncle. I know how you feel deep inside. I felt understood. But it took me two years before I could pray again.

“Father Pete saved me,” Rourke continued. “He saved me from doing really bad bullshit. Something really bad happened to the person I was with, who was raped and beaten very badly. I had very dark plans for the people who did. But it was his advice that kept me from doing something really terrible. Because if someone beats your wife, you’re not just going to punch her. It was no accident that I met Father Pete. … He said to me, ‘Mickey, God will take care of these people worse than what you intend to do.’ »

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Mayor Rudy Giuliani is flanked by Joseph Healy, former commander of the 69th New York Infantry, and the Reverend Peter Colapietro, pastor of Holy Cross Church, at the Father Duffy Memorial rededication ceremony in Times Square.  Around 2000.

Mayor Rudy Giuliani is flanked by Joseph Healy, former commander of the 69th New York Infantry, and the Reverend Peter Colapietro, pastor of Holy Cross Church, at the Father Duffy Memorial rededication ceremony in Times Square. Around 2000.
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Rourke said the therapy also helped him cope.

“That’s the problem of getting too hard,” he said. “I practically ruined my career in Hollywood. I would tell people that I am a man first, then an actor. I went to war with everyone in the movie industry. And there’s a saying in boxing, you get up when you can. And that’s what I did. I received excellent advice from Richard Harris years ago. He said to me, “You can’t beat them all. There’s too much. I would have really liked to listen to Richard and handle things more diplomatically. But that was never my way. »

Rourke admitted that at one point he was blacklisted in Hollywood for being too hard to work with. However, he noted that the new generation of filmmakers aren’t afraid to face him on set when it comes to making a movie.

In it, American actor, screenwriter and former boxer Mickey Rourke in a photo after his arrest in Los Angeles, California, circa 1994.

In it, American actor, screenwriter and former boxer Mickey Rourke in a photo after his arrest in Los Angeles, California, circa 1994.
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“Young guys are cool,” he said. “They don’t care what they hear. They judge me on my acting abilities, not on my former reputation. So it was kind of a resurrection to be able to work with young directors. I have a love/hate relationship with the game. I love what I’m doing right now because I can give everything I’ve been taught. I have my confidence. I’ve been through the shit I’ve been through, so I can use that in my performances. I could be in front of any fucking actor. And I know that mother didn’t see or do or experience what I experienced. »

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Colapietro died in 2018 at the age of 69. Rourke said the lessons he learned from the beloved priest stayed with him over the years.

“You have to be tough,” he said. “I have to be tougher than the others. I just don’t have to deal with things the way I used to. … After being blacklisted for 13-15 years, I’ve learned to accept the fact that there are things they just do’ There’s no class on networking or understanding that There’s a lot of politics in the studio and it’s a business. I want to make films that speak to me.

Mickey Rourke visits the Acropolis of Athens before filming "man of god" by Yelena Popovic.  The film is about Greek Saint Nektarios of Aegina.

Mickey Rourke visits the Acropolis in Athens before the filming of Yelena Popovic’s ‘Man Of God’. The film is about Greek Saint Nektarios of Aegina.
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“I don’t want to make movies where it’s just a guy and a machine gun killing 200 other people just because it sells,” he shared. “It’s for someone else. It’s not for me. But one thing I learned is that everything is in God’s hands. »

“Man of God” hits select theaters on Monday, March 28.

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