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VIDEO: Mickey Rourke - Robert Downey Jr. "Was Worse Than Me"

May 4 2010, Published 11:15 a.m. ET

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Mickey Rourke acknowledged the irony of working with his Iron Man 2 co-star Robert Downey Jr. on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday, as both men have had incredible Hollywood comebacks after substance abuse issues sidetracked their careers for years.

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"It was funny because both of us got a second chance, and you don't get second chances a lot in life, especially in the movie business," Rourke said. "We both had two strikes, two-and-a-half strikes, really ... I think he was worse than me."

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Rourke, whose career was reborn playing washed-up grappler Randy “The Ram” Robinson in 2008’s The Wrestler, recalled a morning on the film set where he was working out on a treadmill with a heavy vest, while Downey was practicing his Kung-Fu technique.

"We've come a long way," Rourke said. Years earlier, "I would have been showing up at noon, and he wouldn't even have been there!"

Iron Man 2 hits theaters Friday , May 7.



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