We couldn’t believe this when we read it. Access Hollywood is actually reporting that Rourke will be participating in WWE’s “Wrestlemania 25” in Houston on April 5! This is simple the most awesome story to break wrestling in years!
Okay, can we believe Rourke would be willing to step into a ring and wrestle? Hell, yeah, he would!
Here’s the problem this presents for Rourke’s handlers. Many biographers state that what finally tanked Rourke’s career in Hollywood was Rourke return to professional boxing. Soft porn? Sure. Boxing? Hollywood considered an actor who slummed around in sweaty boxing rings just too sleazy to gamble on. Now, Rourke has been pushed like crazy, with comments like, “the resurrection of Mickey Rourke” and Hollywood has embraced Mickey Rourke’s powerful and moving performance as Randy “The Ram” Robinson. Now everyone’s re-examining Rourke’s impressive performances over the years in a new light. Mickey Rourke is being offered the honoured distinction of entering a private, elite Hollywood circle of accomplished career actors.
Rourke acting like a wrestler has given him Golden Globe and Oscar buzz. Rourke actually wrestling in the dirty world of WWE is going to tie his fairweather supporters up in knots!!! This is like Barbara Pierce Bush (the elder twin) marrying a broke redneck from the bayou! To Hollywood (not us), this is the equivelant to putting a drunk in a new suit and calling him a doctor, only to later see him looking through a garbage can for a crust of food! Hollywood has been looking down of wrestling for years as a ‘poor man’s entertainment.’ Now, one of their own is going to wrestle professionally? Can the glamour of Hollywood survive slumming with the masses? Can you imagine Jack Nicolson sitting front and center at Wrestlemania?
What other trained actor in existence has the background Rourke has to step into a ring, wrestle and perform for the crowd on all levels? There is actually a chance here of Rourke forcing Hollywood to consider wrestling as a legitimate kind of performance, to be evaluated and contrasted to other mediums, like Broadway. Wrap your head around that concept! Robert Ebert, critiquing Wrestlemania 25!
The danger to Rourke in wrestling in the WWE is that this move can send him back into the cold in Hollywood as fast as he came in from the cold. The Hollywood clique may become extremely pissed at Rourke. That being said, Rourke’s going to live his life his way and if you like Rourke, just accept it’s part of his package. We have no problems with it. Mickey Rourke is simply our friggin’ hero!
Highlights from the acticle,
“Mickey Rourke has received critical acclaim for his comeback role in “The Wrestler,” where he plays a former pro wrestling legend who falls on hard times.
And on the red carpet at the 15th Annual SAG Awards on Sunday night in Hollywood, the actor revealed he’s about to get in the ring in real life.
“The boys from the WWE called me and asked me to do it,” Rourke told Access Hollywood. “I said, ‘I want to.’ I’m talking with [WWE legend] Rowdy Roddy Piper about it.”
In fact, Rourke, whose role in “The Wrestler” earned him a SAG nomination for Best Actor (as well as an Academy Award nomination and a win at the Golden Globes earlier this month), said the professional wrestling industry has been extremely supportive of his portrayal of the sport.
“The nicest thing has been the whole wrestling community embracing us,” Rourke said on the red carpet. “The movie was about their world.”
And when he does jump into the ring with WWE, it appears the actor may already have his sights set on an opponent.
“Chris Jericho, you better get in shape,” Rourke added. “Because I’m coming after your a**.”’