January 29, 2009

Rourke scraps ‘Wrestlemania’ appearance

Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke has decided not to make a planned appearance at Wrestlemania in Houston, his publicist said.

The 56-year-old actor, who won a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for his work in the movie The Wrestler, told reporters he was going to take part in Wrestlemania in April.

Although he did not specifically say he would be getting in the ring, Rourke did tell WWE star Chris Jericho during his announcement, You better get in shape because I'm coming after your ass.

Rourke has since changed his mind about partaking in the professional wrestling event, his representative said in a statement issued to Access Hollywood.

Mickey was very honored to be asked as he has the greatest respect for WWE, however, he will not be participating in 'Wrestlemania,' the statement said. He is focusing entirely on his acting career.

Jericho, appearing via satellite on Larry King Live, called Rourke's performance in The Wrestler immaculate and said he did a tremendous job, but also added that he had no respect for Rourke after he tried to challenge him in the real-life ring.

Rourke, speaking to King and Jericho live on the show, said he wanted to take the high road by not engaging in any trash talking and wished Jericho well. He also said he has tremendous respect for professional wrestlers, including Jericho.

Perhaps I did put my foot in my mouth, Rourke said with a smile.