Rourke Backs Out of Wrestlemania


Who totally wants Mickey Rourke to win Best Actor? Raise your hand. Me too. It would be the best speech ever, plus Sean Penn has already won (for playing the butch for Clint Eastwood), so why not.

Plus as The Wrestler sits with me, it gets better, larger, more impressive. The intimacy, the suggestions and intimations and everything left unsaid, plus Rourke’s performance – a great film.

The Oscars are a total drag act with lots of politics so Rourke has wisely chosen to bail on a Wrestlemania gig. But the gain in his Oscar chances is our loss as a people, as Americans.

Maybe if Penn nails it, we can look forward to that Rourke/Jericho match-up.


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