First Look: Mickey Rourke in Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler
When I first heard that The Fountain director Darren Aronofsky's next two movies happened to be titled The Wrestler and The Fighter, I was quite shocked. Not only because of the eerie similarity in the titles, but because they don't seem like movies I'd expect Aronofsky to take on. First up is The Wrestler, which Aronofsky is shooting at the moment, that tells the story of retired professional wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson played by Mickey Rourke, best known as Marv in Sin City. Thanks to the guys at WXW Wresting, we've got the first photo of Mickey Rourke as Randy "The Ram" Robinson.
The Wrestler is the story of retired professional wrestler, Randy "The Ram" Robinson, making his way through the independent circuit, trying to get back in the game for one final showdown with his former rival.
The guys at WXW Wrestling explained that Hasbrouck Heights, NJ’s Pioneer Club was transformed into a movie set for two nights. In-ring fights were shot with a live WXW Wrestling crowd. They also said that Mickey Rourke's trainer, 2007 WWE Hall of Famer Afa the Wild Samoan, was there ringside watching the wrestling action. Scenes were also shot in the locker room as well with other WXW wrestlers.
To be honest, I'm really not impressed with any of this. I'm entirely confused as to why Aronofsky, the brilliant mind behind The Fountain and Requiem for a Dream, would be making a movie about professional wrestling? That photo above doesn't get me excited in the least and I'm quite worried that this could be a flop. But at the same time, Aronofsky is too amazing to turn out a bad movie, so I'm just hoping to be surprised whenever I actually see The Wrestler. We'll keep you updated on all the latest with Darren Aronofsky as things happen.