The NYT published a couple of stories about my most awaited holiday movie, The Wrestler. I'll say there are a few reasons I'm looking forward to the movie: (1) it's Darren Aronofsky's first film since his lackluster 2006 film, The Fountain; (2) I have a soft spot for professional wrestling; (3) I have a soft spot for movies about old men trying to redeem themselves.
Anyways, in the Arts section, the Times had a story about the screenwriter, Robert Seigel, a former editor of The Onion. It's not a terribly interesting read, but here it is. The other story, from the Sunday magazine, is about the star of the movie, Mickey Rourke, and can be found here. Now if you read the mag article, you'll think Rourke is both an idiot and a liar:
By the late 1980s, in Rourke’s second act, he was a famous leading man in a string of bad movies that continued through the ’90s. What makes Rourke’s choices astounding is knowing what movies he is said to have turned down: “48 Hrs.,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Platoon,” “Rain Man,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Top Gun,” “Tombstone.” Instead he chose to star in a string of soft-core movies and tough-guy thrillers....The part about Rourke being a liar is harder to quote. Basically much of what Rourke says in the article about his life is refuted by other sources at near the end.
Still I'm interested in seeing The Wrestler despite Rourke's faults.