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Rourke to take part in 'Wrestlemania'

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Rourke to take part in 'Wrestlemania'
A scene from "The Wrestler" is pictured in this undated publicity photo released to UPI. Mickey Rourke, pictured, was nominated for best actor in a leading role for the 81st Academy Awards, announced in Beverly Hills, California on January 22, 2009. The Oscars will be presented February 22 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. (UPI Photo/Jo Jo Whilden/Overture Films/HO) | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Mickey Rourke, who earned a Golden Globe and an Oscar nod for his work in "The Wrestler," says he will participate in "Wrestlemania 25" in Houston this spring.

"The boys from the WWE called me and asked me to do it," Rourke told "Access Hollywood" on the red carpet for the Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday night. "I said, 'I want to.' I'm talking with (WWE icon) Rowdy Roddy Piper about it."

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In "The Wrestler," the 56-year-old actor portrays a washed-up pro grappler who can't let go of his glory days. Rourke has, in the past, said he underwent intense training to play the role, and, in the process, developed tremendous respect for real-life wrestlers.

"The nicest thing has been the whole wrestling community embracing us," Rourke said. "The movie was about their world."

Although he did not explicitly say whether he planned to wrestle someone inside the ring at "Wrestlemania" or simply make a promotional appearance at the event, "Access Hollywood" quoted him as warning a professional wrestler by saying, "Chris Jericho, you better get in shape because I'm coming after your ass."

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Rourke is slated to take part at WWE's "Wrestlemania 25" April 5.

Nominated for the SAG award for best actor, Rourke lost out to Sean Penn, the star of "Milk."

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