The actor was challenged by Los Angeles Galaxy player Robbie Keane to dump a bucket of ice over his head to raise awareness for the disease
If you're one of the pessimists complaining on Facebook about how stupid the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is, don't tell “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” star Mickey Rourke.
The actor, who plays tough guy Marv in Robert Rodriguez‘s upcoming “Sin City” sequel, had Seth Meyers dump a garbage can full of ice and water over his head on Wednesday's “Late Night,” in order to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
“I have a friend who I communicate with who has this disease,” Rourke said. “This is for you, Teddy.”
The challenge is designed to raise both awareness and money for research on the neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, and eventually leads to death.
Between July 29 and Aug. 12, the ALS Association reported it has received $4 million in donations compared to $1.12 million during the same time period last year, while welcoming more than 70,000 new donors to the cause.
“We have never seen anything like this in the history of the disease,” Barbara Newhouse, president and CEO of the ALS Association, said. “We couldn't be more thrilled with the level of compassion, generosity and sense of humor that people are exhibiting as they take part in this impactful viral initiative.”
Rourke, challenged by Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star Robbie Keane, is the latest celebrity to get in on the viral craze that participants spread through social media. Justin Timberlake has stepped up to the challenge, and even 86-year-old Ethel Kennedy soaked herself in ice for the cause before nominating President Obama to join.
He declined the chance to go under the bucket, but did say he will make a donation to the cause, instead.