Not to be morbid, but the Boston Society of Film Critics
video below might be the last on-screen appearance of Loki, Mickey Rourke’s
beloved animal companion. The Chihuahua
was pushing 18 years old and no cause of death was mentioned, though to be
honest he wasn’t looking too spry in the brief segment as Rourke and Sean Penn
swapped strange remarks in thanking the critics organization. Perhaps the
strain of accompanying Rourke as he promoted his performance was too much, the
irony being that he died just after the last Oscar ballots were counted and so sympathy
votes wouldn’t be a factor in the final tally.
Being a pet owner, I won’t make light of Rourke’s grief,
which I am sure is genuine and painful. However, if he wins his speech might weirdly compete with whatever ensues when
Heath Ledger wins for Best Supporting Actor, as everyone is predicting. The BSFC, meanwhile, is pondering sending
Rourke a copy of the video with their condolences.