Defamer Exclusive: Mickey Rourke Taps Out Of 'Wrestlemania'

When we intuited that Mickey Rourke was having second thoughts about a Wrestlemania appearance that would obliterate both Chris Jericho and his Oscar hopes, we weren't far off the mark. Rourke's publicist just told us:

"Mickey was very honored to be asked as he has the greatest respect for WWE however he will not be participating in Wrestle-Mania. He is focusing entirely on his acting career."

Crisis averted (consider those staples gingerly plucked out). Now, Rourke is free to get back to his most pressing matters: Academy Award Q&As in retirement homes, renegotiating his Iron Man 2 salary, and picking out a suitable strand of dental floss for Bai Ling to wear on the Oscar red carpet.

[Photo Credit: AP]

Previously: Could Mickey Rourke's New 'Wrestlemania' Gig Cost Him An Oscar?