Actor Mickey Rourke Once Beat Usain Bolt in Foot Race, According to Bizarre Tale

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJuly 24, 2012

ROME, ITALY - MAY 31:  Jamaica's Olympic 100m champion Usain Bolt reacts after winning the 100m men at the IAAF Compeed Golden Gala at Stadio Olimpico on May 31, 2012 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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The man once filmed steamy scenes with Kim Basinger, was the only competent actor in The Expendables and, it seems, can even beat the world's fastest man in a foot race. 

Mickey Rourke is some kind of wonderful. 

Martin Rogers of Yahoo Sports (h/t With Leather) reports a story I want to save for after dinner because it's that damn delicious. It involves an actor happening upon a world-class athlete in the early morning and then challenging him to a race:

We were outside the Wellington in Central London and it was four in the morning. It was just that time of the night, you know, when anything can happen. So I went up to him and I said, 'Come on, you are the world's fastest man, let's go.

There was a space in the street of about 30 meters. I got him to back up about four paces, we set off and I got him by a few inches. 

Bolt is not doing so well, losing to Yohan Blake in the 100-meter and 200-meter events in the Jamaican qualifiers. 

Now he loses to Rourke in the 30-meter drunken footrace. 

I will assume Bolt gave more of a head start than simply a few paces and that he took it easy on the 59-year-old. 

Or Bolt could have been a little worse for wear. 

The same night earlier this year was the scene of Rourke taking on some rugby players:

I had been drinking tequila with these guys from the Huddersfield Giants rugby team. I was arm wrestling with one of them, he was huge, and that is how I tore my bicep. I should have given in but I didn't want to, you know.

But at least I won something that night. We were going to go back into the bar again after I raced Usain but they had closed it down for the night. So it was a pretty good way to end up.


Usain was such a sweet guy, just a really cool, endearing guy and it is impossible not to like him. There have been so many times when you meet these athletes that you have seen and heard a lot about and most of the time you are disappointed. But he was awesome. I follow track a little bit and I will be rooting for him.

Make note, Olympians, stay clear of Mickey Rourke—especially when he has had a few. 

It seems the man who dominates the big screen is fearless in real life. No amount of alcohol or early-morning fog can withstand the awesome power that is Rourke. 

As for Bolt, he is just thankful they will be holding Olympic heats during human hours and without the need to drink beforehand. 


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