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Out with Cage and in with Marv! Darren Aronofsky's THE WRESTLER just got more interesting!

Published at: Nov. 12, 2007, 8:57 p.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Original, Nicholas Cage was going to topline Darren Aronofsky's next flick THE WRESTLER, but this morning came news that not only was Cage not in the film anymore, but Mickey Rourke has signed on to play Randy "The Ram" Robinson. I certainly buy Rourke as an older wrestler who gets back in the ring for one more ROCKY BALBOAesque shot at glory more than Nicholas Cage. In fact, wasn't Roarke a boxer? I don't mean to shit on Cage. I actually like him as an actor, but in this role I think Rourke is ten times more interesting in the role. What about you?


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  • Nov. 12, 2007, 3:01 p.m. CST

    I loved the

    by commiepinko

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Fountain

    by commiepinko

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 3:02 p.m. CST

    that was weird

    by commiepinko

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Remember when Aronofsky was the next great thing?

    by crackerfarmboy

    Now he's doing wrestler flicks? Oh and I'm first!

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 3:03 p.m. CST

    I THINK HULK HOGAN WOULD BE PERFECT FOR THIS MOVIE

    by Pound Sand

    I can wrestle with these 26 inch pythons, brother.

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Aronofsky one of last indie directors

    by #1 Zero

    to come out of the "Sundance Generation" of the 90's that truly made an independant film with "Pi". I hope he doesn't have to compromise his artistic integrity with this film. Only knowing that it is a rasslin' movie makes me skeptical but maybe he has an iteresting take on it. Also I remember when the fountain was coming out that he talked about he was writing a ten commandments or noah's ark type movie or something. Maybe the less than stellar performance of the fountain made that project go on the back burner.

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 3:15 p.m. CST

    The grammar on the site today is amazing.

    by AdrianVeidt

    Between Quint and Hercules, I should have no problem getting my essays proofread.

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Barfly meets Rocky! Perfect

    by Norseman1111

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 3:19 p.m. CST

    WRESTLER IN NAME ONLY!!!

    by MemBirdman

    It's actually going to be mostly about the backstage hijinks of muscle-bound men oiling each other up in various ways. NC-17...SCANDALOUS!

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 3:20 p.m. CST

    So...are they looking for a...

    by Darth Macchio

    Raging Bull of the new millenium? A wrestling movie? Really? Am I just being cynical?

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Boxoffice poison

    by Live.

    Why don't the investors behind this flick just pile their cash into a big bonfire? It'll have the same results, only quicker.

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 3:23 p.m. CST

    I'm intrigued . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . but come on Darren, let's pick up the pace and make more films! I like the idea of Rourke in the part, but too bad for Cage. Could have had his first real film since Adaptation.

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 3:25 p.m. CST

    The collective attitude towards wrestling is ridiculous

    by Sick Fixx

    We've known it's choreographed and scripted for decades now, people. It's no longer a valid argument in writing the industry off. Although they are performing, they still break bones, get concussions and tear muscles. Did you know that? It results from what they call 'working stiff', meaning they actually hit each other to a degree to make it look more realistic. Also, I do think Mickey is a better choice for the role. I just don't understand why Nicholas Cage wasted his time interviewing Ring of Honor wrestlers in preparation if his heart wasn't in it.

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 3:40 p.m. CST

    WHAT WHAT WHAT!

    by Series7

    Aronofsky is making a movie that people will understand? MAN! I can't wait to hear Clints soundtrack for this movie on all subsequent movie trailers, rap songs, and hopefully a WWE wrestler picks it up as his entrance theme. And hopefully that wrestler is The Rock or Mankind!

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 3:47 p.m. CST

    real or metaphorical

    by zom-bot.com

    where did it say that this is going to be a cut and dry realism movie? the name 'the wrestler' alone already signifies a deeper meaning- of a man wrestling with (himself, his demons, his conscious- whatever)....i'm sure this will appear simple but all be very representative and metaphorical if you know how to look. hope the score is as good as THE FOUNTAIN- the only soundtrack i've bought in years, the movie wouldn't have been half as emotional without it.

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 3:49 p.m. CST

    what ?? Macho man didnt want the role ?

    by JeanLuc Dickhard

    the greatest of ALL TIME .... MR SAVAGE

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Why did Cage leave the project?

    by Wu Fang

    I'm curious as to what led to Cage's departure. I actually sat behind him and Aronofsky at a wrestling event in NYC a week ago at which Cage was researching the role. I'm shocked, I wonder if he had a bad experience at the show..?

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Roarke?

    by El Scorcho

    Isn't it "Rourke?" Does no one give a shit about spelling anymore?

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Rouke

    by lobsterone

    not Roarke.

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Yep

    by DKT

    Way more interested in Rourke than Cage in this role. Cage as a professional wrestler seems a bit of a stretch...

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 3:55 p.m. CST

    i mean Rourke.

    by lobsterone

    sorry.

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Mick Foley

    by Sick Fixx

    has not been exciting since 1999. Going around quoting Frosty the Snowman, voluntarily and literally kissing McMahon's ass on live television, namedropping whatever sports team represents the state he's in, developing a boyish crush on Melina even though he's married, losing to Cena with nothing more than an F-U. I say the Foley I knew has been gone for a LONG ass time.

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Wait .. what?

    by DeadPanWalking

    Wrestling is fake? My world has been upended. Anyway, Roark is like 900 gazillion times more interesting than Nick Cage on his best day. Kudos to Aronofsky.

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Wait .. what?

    by DeadPanWalking

    Wrestling is fake? My world has been upended. Anyway, Roark is like 900 gazillion times more interesting than Nick Cage on his best day. Kudos to Aronofsky.

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 4:50 p.m. CST

    This is going to be the Any Given Sunday of wrestling

    by Using_BrandX

    Cast Al Pacino as the Vince McMahon character...

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Ughh....is this like real wrestling or fake wrestling

    by jimmy_009

    cause either way I'm not interested, it's just one makes me much less interested than the other...

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Cage was at Ring of Honor

    by UMAGA

    Rourke as a amateur wrestler, jimmy? Umm..it's fake pro wrestling. Obviously, I can't wait to see how it turns out.

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Maybe Cage asked Mitsuhara Misawa to elbow him.

    by UMAGA

    Now he ain't got teeth.

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 5:01 p.m. CST

    *Mitsuharu

    by UMAGA

    MISAWA!

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Roarke & Aronofki = I'm there

    by hegele

    can't wait.

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 5:46 p.m. CST

    I wanna see a talkbacker catch a "fake" beating

    by liljuniorbrown

    If you take a real look into the world of pro wrestling you would see there is a gold mine of real life characters who have traveled the world and seen some real cool shit. I'm not talking about rapper/actor wanna be's or ex football players either. Interview a man like Terry Funk or Ric Flair,pick up Chris Jericho's new book or go rent Beyond The Mat and you'll see what I'm talking about. I'm very excited to see Rourke take this role. Nic Cage could have pulled it off(he was big as shit in Kiss Of Death and in Con Air) He could do it if need be. Besides all wrestlers are not huge. Anyways Rourke could have a break out role in this flick. I predict it will be a good movie. The people hating on it already probably think Afronsky is going to direct a sequel to Ready to Rumble,I highly doubt it folks. If any one can turn material like this into art it will be these two.I only wish Cage would join the movie in another role.

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 6:20 p.m. CST

    WHY DID HE DROP THE PROJECT??

    by THE KNIGHT

    Darren needs some box office dollars badly!

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 6:29 p.m. CST

    While I support the change, Nic already started researching

    by BigDogg

    He was allegedly backstage at ROH's last event watching the show and talking to the talent regarding the wrestling business. Apparently he didn't like what he heard, haha

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Wallace Beery - Wrestling Picture

    by doodler

    Whaddya need, a roadmap!?!

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 8:29 p.m. CST

    by P_dog

    i agree with liljuniorbrown there are many intersting charachters in the wrestling world. this could be an interesting movie esp as it has a talented director onboard.

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 9:31 p.m. CST

    FINK!

    by Sick Fixx

    You think whatever rattles around in that head of yours is fit to publish? I got a hundred writers under contract who can give me a masterpiece. Your assignment was a wrestling picture!

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 11:22 p.m. CST

    by Dickless

    "I WILL DESTROY HEEEEEEEEM!" -Mickey Rourke, THE WRESTLER

  • Nov. 13, 2007, 12:29 a.m. CST

    I was waiting for it

    by joet88

    Only a matter of time before the Barton Fink jokes.

  • Nov. 13, 2007, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Keep 'em comin

    by joet88

  • Nov. 13, 2007, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Darren's mom is my third grade teacher.

    by kujofbrooklyn

    She was great. Those were some crazy days.

  • Nov. 13, 2007, 12:53 a.m. CST

    I saw Beyond The Mat.

    by Tourist

    Good movie. Didn't do a whole lot much to disaude the opinion that wrestling is staged by a bunch of simple minded, drug addled neanderthal retards performing poorly choreographed bouts for the cheers of sub-human rednecks.

  • Nov. 13, 2007, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Daronofsky's sports movie?...

    by zed261

    ...I hope not...It could be a superhero movie. The Wrestler = Aronofsky's UNBREAKABLE.

  • Nov. 13, 2007, 2:03 a.m. CST

    BigDogg

    by Sick Fixx

    What do you think they told Cage for his research? Do you think they told him more about the behind the scenes drama or what it takes to tell good wrestling storylines?

  • Nov. 13, 2007, 2:13 a.m. CST

    "wasn't Roarke a boxer?"

    by Alonzo Mosely

    I don't know what makes me sadder, that Quint has to ask that question or that he can't spell the name... Anyway, the real scoop, is that Cage dropped out because they couldn't find a wig that wouldn't fall off during the wrestling scenes.

  • Nov. 13, 2007, 2:23 a.m. CST

    lol. I'm sorry but cage in tights heh..

    by theonecalledshoe

    I could believe him as a manager or even for the higher ups a high school/college instructor for their version of the sport instead. no tights nic, no tights unless you thinking about Popeye: the remake.

  • Nov. 13, 2007, 2:28 a.m. CST

    so his streak of crappy movies will continue

    by jivatmax

    at least the Fountain cured me of his garbage for good.

  • Nov. 13, 2007, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Rednecks?

    by UMAGA

    Why do people always say this to insult wrestling fans? Fuck. How many rednecks are in Afghanistan? Where there 60,000 rednecks in the Tokyo Dome throughout the 90s?

  • Nov. 13, 2007, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Aronofsky could film grannies knitting and i'd be there!

    by FILMFUNK

    Plus Rourke is a good actor if a little fucked in the face but i'm sure that'll suit this just fine. Cage has gone to the dogs with his film choices recently which is a real shame!

  • Nov. 13, 2007, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Still think Aronofsky should do 1984.

    by Knuckleduster

    But wrestlers could be fun.

  • Nov. 13, 2007, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Cage is awesome!

    by Spandau Belly

    I know he'll never top Face/Off, but that guy's acting style has made a fan of me for life. I'll pretty much see anything where he manically waves his arms, sputters, and twitches. The Wicker Man Remake was goddamn hilarious!<br><br>I'll also see this wrestler movie. It sounds okay.

  • Nov. 13, 2007, 10:04 a.m. CST

    DIdnt he see Barton Fink?

    by LORDRANDO

    No good can come of writing a wrestling picture.....

  • Nov. 13, 2007, 10:26 a.m. CST

    by MRJONZ72

    I like Cage for the most part (especially older stuff like Raising Arizona) but I do like the switch to Mickey Rourke. I think he probably better fits this role. Also glad to see him in a starring role again.

  • Nov. 13, 2007, 11:19 a.m. CST

    nice

    by gride9000

    D.A. is Barton Fink

  • Nov. 13, 2007, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Cage would be good, Rourke's better

    by Aswann

    I like Cage as an actor, even in the shittiest film he's worth watching, I even liked him in Ghostrider! Rourke though...looks like he's been knocked about more than a few times in his life. I think he'll be able to play a tough guy and back in the day he was a pretty good actor too, if he's still got the chops he could really do well with this.

  • Nov. 13, 2007, 1:40 p.m. CST

    So, here we go with the traditional wrestling's fake talk

    by Reel American Hero

    Ha ha ha, wrestling is fake, yeah we know. But it's entertaining...usually. So just let us enjoy our entertainment. On the topic of this movie Mickey Rourke is more credible looking than Cage to play the part of an ex wrestler. Sounds like this could be good.

  • Nov. 13, 2007, 1:41 p.m. CST

    If you smelll.....

    by Reel American Hero

    What The Rourke....is cookin!

  • Nov. 13, 2007, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Barton Fink

    by kibbled

    I am surprised no one came up with that reference.

  • Nov. 13, 2007, 2:09 p.m. CST

    I guess it's not considered art....

    by liljuniorbrown

    Unless it has some hack director making a movie where business men pay to hack up and torture young girls. Wrestling isn't rocket science, 99.9% of the people watching it know that it is scripted and the men preforming aren't really trying to kill each other.The 1% that don't are just too young to be watching or have mental issues. My point is that most of the preformers are highly gifted athletes who are incredibley talented to do what they do. Do some research and you'll see professional wrestlers are alot of things... Best Selling Authors,Award winning actors,Activist and Advocates. Sure there are some scumbags in the group,even a few politicians,but you can't deny that they do alot to entertain people and have done more for causes like supporting the troops,voter registration, Untited Way and the Make a Wish Foundation than any other group of athletes that I know of. Knock it all ya like but your just showing how ill informed you are.

  • Nov. 13, 2007, 2:56 p.m. CST

    tired of "wrestling's fake"?? I'll give you a new one:

    by Shigeru

    Wrestling's fucking stupid.

  • Nov. 13, 2007, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Aronofsky's 1984

    by PotSmokinAlien

    Pretty much what he was born to make.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 3:23 a.m. CST

    "Wrestling's fucking stupid."

    by UMAGA

    So are white guys with Japanese user names. And Japan! A country that carries pro-wrestling in Sports papers and was highly watched before the rise of MMA.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 5:01 a.m. CST

    Where's Noah?

    by Constidine4Rorshach

    I thought Aronofsky was making a movie about Noah's survivor's guilt, after surviving the flood.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST

    I'm white

    by Shigeru

    but my dong is black

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 11:51 a.m. CST

    oops got it wrong

    by Shigeru

    my dong is actually 3/4 asian

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Atleast ROH....

    by Subculture

    Atleast ROH got publicity out of Cage before he left the film.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 9:57 p.m. CST

    jivatmax

    by streakerfreak1983

    To say you do not like his films is fine, but to say they are crappy is not. You have no clue what makes a great film. For example, Gone with the Wind is masterpiece, I know that, but it does nothing for me and I do not enjoy watching it. Go back to your Transformers and crap popcorn movies. God I hate this site.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Darren Aronofsky doing wrestling. Surreal sports

    by CrichtonAstronut

    Gotta say I just wanna see what the guy who did Pi and The Faountain does with this.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 9:39 a.m. CST

    And what I'd love to see is Aronofsky doing 100 Years of Solitud

    by CrichtonAstronut

    That would just be perfect for his style of filmmaking. 1984 would be great too, but One Hundred Years and Arnofsky, perfect marriage.