Mickey Rourke a gracious 'Wrestler' despite Oscar pinfall
Despite losing the coveted Best Actor Oscar at Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony, The Wrestler star Mickey Rourke remained gracious in defeat. According to Telegraph.co.uk, the actor -- whose performance as Randy "The Ram" Robinson has earned a Golden Globe, a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Award and Film Independent's Spirit Award -- said he'd rather have more time with his beloved Chihuahua Loki, who passed away last week, than win an Oscar.
"It's bittersweet. I said to myself I'd rather have Loki for another two years than an Oscar. And I told her that. But she stayed as long as she could, you know," Rourke told Telegraph.co.uk.
At Sunday night's awards in Los Angeles, Rourke sported a pendant displaying a photo of Loki.
"She's the love of my life. She made it until six days ago. She left me at a time where, after 18 years, she knew I'd be all right," he told Telegraph.co.uk.
The Best Actor Oscar was awarded to Sean Penn for his role in Milk. According to BoxOfficeMojo.com, the Darren Aronofsky-directed The Wrestler has grossed more than $27 million worldwide. Rourke plans to attend the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania as a guest of WWE.