It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a decade since the world was introduced to Randy 'The Ram' Robinson in Mickey Rourke’s career-defining performance in The Wrestler.
The movie was a huge milestone for pro wrestling on the big screen and one of the first depictions of the sport that wasn't a total embarrassment or a gross misrepresentation. Mickey Rourke provided the performance of his career as Randy The Ram and showed the world a darker, more realistic side of an industry often looked down upon with dismissive condescension and contempt.
Brought to life by director Darren Aronofsky, the movie gained universal applause from the wrestling world for its realistic representation of the business - which is no easy feat in itself. Succeeding where many others had failed, The Wrestler exorcised the demons of past wrestling movies and undid the comically unfunny damage of Ready to Rumble and Nacho Libre.
The overall project itself is also an Aladdin's Cave of trivia for both movie-goers and wrestling fans. As a result, the amount of interesting facts behind the camera is almost as interesting as what was recorded in front of it.
"Like what?" we hear you ask. Read on and find out...
Occasional wrestler, full-time gym rat and lifelong lover of the grapple game. Would probably buy you a shot of Jack at the bar in exchange for witty banter...and preferably more Jack.
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