The films that Mickey Rourke made in the 1980s make me cry because he was such a great artist! He cared so much about the characters he portrayed that you forgot it was a movie and were convinced they were real. Johnny Handsome was the last of his great roles. After this film, Rourke just went through the motions of earning a paycheck. But, good Lord, what an amazing film Johnny Handsome was! I saw Johnyy Handsome last weekend back-to-back with Angel Heart, Barfly, 9 1/2 Weeks, and Year of the Dragon and actually shed tears. Why did I weep? Anyone who knows great acting knows that Rourke, since then, has put his talent on strike and done drek like Point Blank and Double Impact. Most actors nowadays are awful. Only Sean Penn, Daniel Day Lewis, Nicholas Cage, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and Jessica Lange give performances that touch my soul. Rourke was one of the best. What happened? Was it the Marlon Brando Syndrome? At least in Johnny Handsome, we know what brilliance we had once, way back when. In a world where posing nude or engaging in a scandal give one enough credentials to earn a SAG card, it is refreshing to know that, at least with one actor 10 years ago, genuine exposure came from the soul.