He was so utterly present, reacting to what was happening, in every scene he was in.
We got to know him as a friend, brother, as a cousin, pal, leader, instigator, hero, villain, beau -- a man who did what he had to do.
Was he a natural -- a guy with talent for creating a real person no matter what he played? Or was he an especially big person, who encompassed many other persons, who thought the way millions of us think, and understood what millions of us feel.
For me Mickey Rooney is a main man -- the face, the look in his eyes, the smile, frown, the concern -- a thousand images of Mickey's concern are part of me.
Hey Mickey Rooney, you are here, even though you have gone for that long, long walk.