Clark Collis
March 19, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

For reasons that need not detain us here I once found myself watching country star John Rich pet a rhinoceros at San Antonio zoo. To help you fully appreciate the scene I should probably point out that he was dressed as a chicken (Rich, not the rhino—I mean, that would be just silly). Anyhoo, if nothing else, the experience taught me that the singer is comfortable around large, unpredictable, leather-faced beasts. So, it didn’t surprise me one jot to learn today that the video for Rich’s new single “Shuttin’ Detroit Down” features an appearance by Mickey Rourke. The clip for the song—which is the first track to be released from Rich’s new album Son of a Preacher Man, out March 24— was shot in Nashville last Monday and Tuesday and also features the mighty Kris Kristofferson. No word as yet about what the Rourkester does in the video but rare is the Mickey sighting that is not memorable for one reason or another.

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