Oh Mickey Rourke…
He’s still a contender for sure for Best Actor but this… this is not good.
So you must have heard by now – rumours circulated that he and Evan Rachel Wood hooked up after the SAGs. That they were making out and then disappeared upstairs. Ew.
Of course everyone bought it. Obviously because he’s a mess and also because of her history with Manson etc.
For what it’s worth, I have heard from an infallible source who was with Evan that night who insists that nothing happened. Mickey was especially “grabby” that night. And was also spotted getting a little too tactile with Kate Winslet and the Jolie, but I’m told Evan and Mickey did not kiss, nor did they dash away for some privacy.
But the damage has been done. Now people think he’s a recovering drug addict, mangled his face with surgery, and a perv.
Exacerbating the issue though is that Evan has now publicly commented on the story. And she is not mincing words. So “distraught” about the rumour, Rachel has issued a statement exclusively to Rolling Stone:
"I’m upset because I feel disrespected by the press and by Mr. Rourke. Just because I’m single doesn’t mean that you can take advantage of me. It’s unfair that the performances might suffer because of all of these distractions. I'm not attracted to him, he's too old for me. Nothing ever happened and nothing ever will."
We’ve read a lot of officially sanctioned statements from celebrities but this one…this one, the tone, the tone is SHARP.
She’s saying Mickey disrespected her. She’s telling us that she feels taken advantage of. She’s saying she wants nothing to do with him. That she never has and never will. Call me Cruise, but I believe her.
No matter what you believe though, for Mickey, optically, it’s not good. Optically it’s terrible. Academy voters will not be impressed.
Photo of Mickey and Evan at the Venice Film Festival from Splashnewsonline.com