Contributed by Silas Lesnick
Access Hollywood scored the strangest news of the day with the announcement that Mickey Rourke, fresh from his Oscar nomination in Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler", is set to get in the ring for real at the WWE's "Wrestlemania 25" on April 5th.
Wait, what? As crazy as it sounds, it looks like Rourke's pretty confident about the idea, claiming that he's been speaking with wrestler-turned-actor Rowdy Roddy Piper about participating. He even called out wrestler Chris Jericho, saying, "You better get in shape, because I'm coming after your a--."
Rourke, who has already won the Golden Globe for Best Actor, is currently in talks to star in the upcoming "Iron Man" sequel. The offer he was made by Marvel and Paramount became a topic of discussion last week when it was revealed that he was low-balled with $250,000 to
play one of the films' villains.
Maybe there's more money in the wrestling circuit?
Like Piper, there's somewhat of a history of wrestlers making the move to acting. Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and Jesse Ventura are prime examples with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson probably holding the top spot for almost completely overshadowing his wrestling persona his film one. But the other way around? All that really pops into my head is Andy Kaufman.
Mostly, though, it's great to see that Rourke stands behind the central idea of "The Wrestler" and is willing to give professional wrestling its due. Hopefully (unlike in the film), he's not going to be risking a heart attack to step through the ropes.
Are you ready for Mickey Rourke in the ring? Who's the most unlikely actor you'd like to see become a professional wrestler? Let us know below!