Rourke Will Wrestle Off-Screen

Actor will take his Wrestler character to WrestleMania 25

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 26, 2009 2:02 PM CST

(Newser) – Mickey Rourke will take his character from The Wrestler to the off-screen world of pro wrestling, Wrestling Online reports. Rourke will appear at WrestleMania 25 in Houston on April 5, challenging star Chris Jericho. “The boys from the WWE called me and asked me to do it,” Rourke said. “Chris Jericho, you better get in shape. Because I’m coming after your ass.”

Actor Mickey Rourke, left, kisses Angelina Jolie's hand during the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, in Los Angeles.
Actor Mickey Rourke, left, kisses Angelina Jolie's hand during the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Mickey Rourke is shown in a scene from The Wrestler.
Mickey Rourke is shown in a scene from "The Wrestler."   (Fox Searchlight)
Actor Mickey Rourke arrives at the Screen Actors Guild Awards yesterday in Los Angeles.
Actor Mickey Rourke arrives at the Screen Actors Guild Awards yesterday in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo)
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