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January 28, 2009

Rourke vs. Jericho vs. Oscar

Is this any way to win an Oscar? 

Not only does best actor nominee Mickey Rourke seem tentative and out of sorts on "Larry King Live" last night, but he's completely over his head in the smack-talk arena next to WWE star Chris Jericho. 

This makes us sad for a couple reasons. 1) Because Rourke has been on such a roll, winning the Golden Globe and emerging as the guy who can go toe-to-toe with Sean Penn on Feb. 22. And 2) It's not the upcoming "fight" with Jericho at Wrestlemania in April that's hurting him right now -- it's all the promotion around it. Think for one minute that master marketer Vince McMahon won't try to capitalize on Rourke's and "The Wrestler's" heat and you will mistake him.

Oh, the dilemma Rourke faces here. If he turns his back on pro wrestling, he looks like an ingrate and a snob. If he embraces it, he dings his credibility as a Serious Actor. 

Kind of a no-win. 

He's shown that he's not letting any grass grow under his feet, talking to Marvel about playing a villain in "Iron Man 2" and joining the cast of Sylvester Stallone's latest testosterone-packed project, "The Expendables." 

The planned WWE appearance isn't likely to derail his well-orchestrated comeback, but it's probably not going to win him any Academy friends.


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not to take anything away from mickey's performance in the wrestler but everyone keeps talking about this comeback but he was never a previous oscar nominee nor well liked in hollywood. It would be like Jean Claude Van Damme getting nominated for an oscar. It would be different if it was someone like peter o'toole or someone who has been away from the business and was well liked.

And can someone please tell me what is so great about his golden globe speech and why they think he did so well because he mentioned his dogs? I was more moved by Kate Winslet's genuine and moving acceptance speech for the well deserved win for Revolutionary Road.

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it looks like Mickey Rourke is keeping his career options open...

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