Mickey Rourke Thanks Dog at Awards Show

The actor has received letters regarding his late Chihuahua, who died last week.

Posted: February 24, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

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Mickey Rourke thanked his recently deceased Chihuahua while accepting his Best Actor statue at the Independent Spirit Awards for “The Wrestler” on Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif.

The moved star choked up when talking about Loki, who died at age 17 on Feb. 17.

“I’ve just gotten thousands of letters from strangers and people that know me about my dog that died six days ago,” Rourke told the audience. “Loki, this is for you, baby.”

Rourke, who wore a photo of Loki on a necklace to the Oscars Sunday night, thanked the film’s director, Darren Aronofsky, as well as the wrestling community.

“I didn’t realize how many closet Mickey Rourke fans there were,” Aronofsky told a reporter backstage. “That’s been the biggest surprise of the whole trip.”

Rourke’s return to big-screen stardom made “30 Rock” star and Sprit Awards attendee Alec Baldwin a little jealous.

“I want back into the movie business so bad ... I gotta get a dog, start working out, drop a lotta f-bombs on live TV,” Baldwin joked.

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Joyce   Garden Grove, CA

2/28/2009 1:03:27 PM

Only a true dog lover could understand!

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Suzan   Ocala, FL

2/26/2009 6:17:57 AM

MIckey has lost a very special friend when he lost Loki. I lost my beloved lab of 14 years and my heart is still breaking. I found a woman that made me a necklace like Mickey has. She put a lovely picture of my beloved Beau in it. I LOVE it!!! She sells on e-bay and her seller name is "redbird5017". She is very talented and did a fantastic job on my Beau.

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

2/24/2009 11:12:16 PM

I don't really like Mickey but I do feel for him and his loss. It's not easy.

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Liza   Grand Bay-Westfield, NB

2/24/2009 7:12:05 PM

It's always touching when someone who is saddend by the loss of a pet can receive so much love from strangers. Animal lovers are the best...the way we all relate to each other as a community without knowing each other but understanding each other at the same time.

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