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Mickey Rourke Disses Sean Penn

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Dec. 29 2008, Published 7:43 a.m. ET

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One might think critical acclaim would be enough to keep stars happy these days? Apparently Mickey Rourke, whose performance in The Wrestler has garnered Oscar buzz already, still feels a bit threatened by Milk star Sean Penn, according to The Daily Beast.

The blog reports that an L.A. entertainment honcho received this text message from Mickey regarding his Oscar rival: “Look seans an old friend of mine and i didnt buy his performance at all—thought he did an average pretend acting like he was gay besides hes one of the most homophobic people i kno sic."

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However Mickey's publicist says “there is no Oscar feud between Mickey and Sean. They have known each other and been friends for a very long time. Mickey attended the New York premiere of Milk to support Sean and only has the greatest respect for him.” She adds that Rourke is ”completely unaware of the text.”

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