Mickey Rourke & Jim Belushi Battle Health Problems
November 8th, 2011 8:28am EST
Mickey Rourke is facing a major muscle implant after tearing his bicep arm wrestling rugby players.
The 59-year-old movie star and one-time boxer has revealed that surgery he underwent to repair a tendon in his shoulder was unsuccessful and now he has to have another operation to fix the problem.
He tells WENN, "I lost my whole tendon. There's no muscle up here now. It looks like a 12 year old's arm.
"They have to put somebody's dead tendon in here... I'm going to have to have a cadaver tendon put in to fix it."
But at least he has a good story to tell about the injury: "I was arm wrestling some rugby players at four in the morning. We had been drinking at a pub in London and I lost. But we became good friends."
The injury left Rourke with a dilemma as he prepared to play King Hyperion in epic new action movie Immortals - because he feared he wouldn't be able to look like a warrior.
He explains, "I was actually worried about just being able to tie my shoes. It's one of the reasons I wore a gauntlet on the top of my right arm for the costume. I had a big scar."
Meanwhile, Jim Belushi is fronting an educational campaign about gout after struggling with the debilitating medical condition for years.
The 57-year-old star has revealed he first sought medical treatment after the problem began interfering with his career.
He says, "When I first developed gout, I didn't want to do anything about it. I thought I could tough it out; but when the pain became too unbearable for me to perform on stage, I saw a rheumatologist (internal medicine specialist) and got my gout under control."
And now he has detailed his battles with the condition in a pair of new ads for the Check Out Your Gout campaign in order to prevent fans from suffering the same fate.
He adds, "I am taking part in the Check Out Your Gout campaign to let people know that gout is a very painful condition that should be taken seriously."
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