: 12pt; COLOR: #333333; mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">“Hardness is a shield,” he says. “It hides other things.”
A man who deals with his issues is hot. A man who’s conscious of other people’s feelings is positively breath-taking. And a man who transcends the pain of his own history? Give this dude a medal.
Tonight, I’ll root for Mickey Rourke to win the Oscar but I won’t return Policeman Dan’s phone call. Like Mick, I stand at a defining moment where I can either move toward emotional redemption and romantic health, or get sucked back into bad boy-ism and a life of needless distress.
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Let’s hope Mickey can be as strong as I am.
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