I had an inkling that when I began seeing images from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler” that this thing had potential to be as good as, say, Clint Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby”, the last “tough guy” movie that made me feel all sorts of unmanly things that manly man aren’t supposed to feel. After playing Marv in “Sin City” and now this, I don’t think there’s any doubt that Mickey Rourke is just now hitting his stride as an actor, and with a hell of a lot left for him to do, too. There are some great stuff in this trailer, folks, and I’m not just talking about the formerly chaste Marisa Tomei playing the stripper girlfriend to Rourke’s broken down wrestler, buy yeah, that’s probably going to prove pretty awesome, too. Behold, the first trailer for “The Wrestler”.
Back in the late ’80s, Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, twenty years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. Estranged from his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However, a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away, he begins to evaluate the state of his life — trying to reconnect with his daughter, and striking up a blossoming romance with an exotic dancer (Marisa Tomei) who is ready to start a new life. Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art, which threatens to pull Randy “The Ram” back into his world of wrestling. Director Darren Aronofsky presents a powerful portrait of a battered dreamer, who despite himself and the odds stacked against him, lives to be a hero once again in the only place he considers home – inside the ring. THE WRESTLER had its North American premiere at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and won the Golden Lion at the 2008 Venice Film Festival.
Starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, and directed by Darren Aronofsky.
Beating the crap out of theaters (most likely in very limited release) December 17, 2008.
Check out the high-def trailer over at Apple.com.