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Mickey Rourke asked to slim down

entertainment Updated: May 07, 2009 12:33 IST
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Actor Mickey Rourke is struggling to lose his beefed-up physique from the 2008 Oscar-nominated movie The Wrestler in time to begin filming the new Iron Man sequel in the summer of 2009.

Rourke, 56, gained over 13 kg of muscle to play washed-up grappler Randy The Ram Robinson in the movie. But Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau has ordered him to slim down for his role as Russian villain Whiplash in the new superhero film, reports contactmusic.com.

The Manhattan-based movie star's trainer is helping him shed the excess weight by putting him on a diet and only allowing him to dine out once a week.