Mickey Rourke Dedicates Spirit Award to His Dog Loki

The Wrestler star says "this is for you, baby" during his acceptance speech for best actor at the Spirit Awards.

Comeback star Mickey Rourke gave a shout-out to his beloved Chihuahua, Loki, who passed away last week, when he accepted the award for best actor at the Spirit Awards on Saturday. “I’ve just gotten thousands of letters from strangers and people that know me about my dog that died six days ago, Loki. This is for you, baby,” the 56-year-old actor said during a long and uncensored acceptance speech. Loki died last Monday night at age 17.

Rourke also thanked director, Darren Aronofsky, and his costar in The Wrestler, Marisa Tomei, whose name he momentarily forgot. “Not many girls can climb the pole,” said Rourke, referring to Tomei’s role as a stripper in the movie. “She climbed the pole, and she did it well.”

Rourke told reporters he had no speech ready for a possible Oscar win on Sunday night. “I don’t have anything prepared,” he said. “It’s out of my hands. My work speaks for itself and the rest is a lot of gray and a lot of politics. If it’s about the work that’s one thing. If it’s a popularity contest that’s something else. If Sean [Penn] wins, he’s a friend of mine – I’ll stand up and clap for him.”

Read more about the Spirit Awards at People.com. See photos of Mickey Rourke and his dogs here!

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