Mickey Rourke eliminates himself on The Masked Singer

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Hollywood action star Mickey Rourke took matters into his own hands and eliminated himself on The Masked Singer.

The actor, 68, stunned the show's judges when ripping off his furry gremlin costume after complaining it was too hot following his performance of Ben E King's 1961 hit Stand By Me.

Host Nick Cannon said it was a first for The Masked Singer and it meant the other contestants survived another week before any voting had taken place.

Asked why he took part in the show, Oscar-nominated Rourke laughed and said: "I was in the neighbourhood.

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U.S. actor Mickey Rourke listens to questions from reporters and film professionals in Sarajevo August 20, 2009. Rourke is in the Bosnian capital as a guest of the 15th Sarajevo Film Festival. REUTERS/Danilo Krstanovic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA ENTERTAINMENT)
US actor Mickey Rourke poses on October 10, 1985 in Nice after the screening of the film "Year of the Dragon" directed by Michael Cimino. / AFP / Ralph Gatti (Photo credit should read RALPH GATTI/AFP via Getty Images)

Bacon (pictured centre, almost obscured by a post) gave the first clear indications of his range in this early Brat Pack-era drama from director Barry Levinson, notable for its cast of future stars including Mickey Rourke, Daniel Stern, Steve Gutenberg and Paul Reiser. (Picture credit: MGM-UA)

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Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro in Angel Heart
U.S. actor Mickey Rourke arrives for the UK premiere of his film "The Wrestler, at Leicester Square in London January 5, 2009. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN)
Actor Mickey Rourke (L) poses with Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during his visit to a media workout at Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles November 4, 2009. Pacquiao is preparing for his world welterweight championship boxing bout against Miguel Cotto, which will take place November 14 in Las Vegas. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES SPORT BOXING ENTERTAINMENT)
U.S. actor Mickey Rourke arrives for the 2009 BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House, in London February 8, 2009. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN)
Mickey Rourke, best actor nominee for "The Wrestler," arrives at the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2009. Mickey Rourke is dressed in Jean-Paul Gaultier. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES) (OSCARS-ARRIVALS)
Cast member Mickey Rourke and Anastassija Makarenko (L) pose at the premiere of "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" in Hollywood, California August 19, 2014. The movie opens in the U.S. on August 22. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor Mickey Rourke poses during a photocall for the movie Iron Man 2 in Los Angeles, California April 23, 2010. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor Mickey Rourke arrives with model Elena Kuletskaya (R) at The Weinstein Company's Golden Globes after party after the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 17, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (GOLDENGLOBES-PARTIES) (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor Mickey Rourke, who gives voice to Richard "Demo Dick" Marcinko in the Bethesda video game Rogue Warrior, attends an autograph session during the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 in Los Angeles June 2, 2009. The convention runs June 2-4. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS)
Best actor nominee Mickey Rourke arrives at the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES) (OSCARS-ARRIVALS)
U.S. Actor Mickey Rourke poses after winning the award for Leading Actor for "The Wrestler" during the 2009 BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2009. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN)
U.S. Actor Mickey Rourke poses after winning the award for Leading Actor for "The Wrestler" during the 2009 BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2009. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN)
Actor Mickey Rourke, nominated for best actor for his role in "The Wrestler", arrives at the nominees luncheon for the 81st annual Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, California February 2, 2009. REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES)
Singer Bruce Springsteen (R) holds his Golden Globe award for Best Song "The Wrestler" in the film "The Wrestler" with Mickey Rourke, holding his award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for "The Wrestler", at the 66th annual Golden Globe awards in Beverly Hills, California January 11, 2009. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES)
Actor Mickey Rourke arrives for the American Film Institute awards luncheon in Los Angeles, California January 9, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES)
Actor Mickey Rourke, star of the film "The Wrestler," poses at the film's Los Angeles premiere in Beverly Hills, California December 16, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES)
U.S. director Darren Aronofsky (R) holds the Golden Lion prize for best movie "The Wrestler" next to Mickey Rourke during a photocall at the 65th edition of the Venice Film Festival September 6, 2008. Rourke stars in the Aronofsky movie. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (ITALY)
U.S. actor Mickey Rourke smokes a cigarette during a red carpet event at the Venice Film Festival September 5, 2008. Rourke stars in the movie "The Wrestler" by director Darren Aronofsky which is being shown in the competition at the Venice Film Festival. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (ITALY)
US actor Mickey Rourke looks at guests during bidding at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS 2005 auction in Mougins. U.S. actor Mickey Rourke looks at guests during bidding at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS 2005 auction in Mougins, near Cannes, during the 58th Cannes Film Festival, May 19, 2005. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
US actor Rourke and director Miller pose during red carpet arrivals for "Sin City" at the 58th Cannes Film Festival. U.S. actor Mickey Rourke (L) and director Frank Miller pose during red carpet arrivals for the in-competition Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller film "Sin City" at the 58th Cannes Film Festival May 18, 2005. REUTERS/John Schults
US actor Rourke and director Miller pose for the red carpet screening of "Sin City" at the 58th Cannes Film Festival. U.S. actor Mickey Rourke and director Frank Miller arrive for a red carpet screening of the in-competition Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller film "Sin City" at the 58th Cannes Film Festival May 18, 2005. REUTERS/John Schults
UNITED STATES - MARCH 30: Walt Disney Television via Getty Images MOVIE FOR TV - "City in Fear" - 3/30/80, A burned-out newspaper writer is goated by his ruthless boss into tracking the moves of Tony Plate (Mickey Rourke), a vicious serial killer through the big city., (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)
American actor Mickey Rourke on the set of Rumble Fish, written, directed, and produced by Francis Ford Coppola. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
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UNSPECIFIED - MARCH 01: Mickey Rourke on the set of the movie "Angel heart" by Alan Parker on March 01, 1987. (Photo by Bertrand LAFORET/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
American actor Mickey Rourke in 1987, the year of the films Barfly, by Barbet Schroeder, Angel Heart, by Alan Parker, and Homeboy, by Michael Seresin. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE D YVOIRE/Sygma via Getty Images)
Mickey Rourke au Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville en septembre 1989, France. (Photo by GARCIA/PICOT/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
US actor Mickey Rourke poses on August 20, 1988 on a beach of Cannes after presenting the film "Homeboy", in which he interpretes the leading part. / AFP / Michel GANGNE (Photo credit should read MICHEL GANGNE/AFP via Getty Images)
US actor Mickey Rourke poses on May 18, 1987 in a Cannes festival palace terrace after the screening of the film "Barfly" directed by Barbet Schroeder in the 40th Cannes Film Festival official competition. / AFP / Dominique FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP via Getty Images)
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"I do like the show. I watched, like, four episodes, you know. They asked me, 'Would you be interested?' So I watched, like, from the very beginning."

The Wrestler star had earlier said Stand By Me was an important song to him as a close friend who recently died once performed it.

Rourke finished his stint on the show with an unmasked performance of the song.

He is the second big name to depart this season of the US version of The Masked Singer.

Last week rapper Busta Rhymes was revealed to be competing in a dragon costume.

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