It’s quite ironic that The Wrestler, the buzzworthy film with Mickey Rourke playing an aging wrestler trying to make it outside the ring, is the best and easily most honest film about the wrestling industry. It was made by a man who barely watched it.
“A lot of guys my age had sort of an eight-month romance with wrestling when we were kids,” director Darren Aronofsky said at a New York City press day last weekend for his new film The Wrestler. But the love didn’t last long.
“I went to one match at Madison Square Garden and Hulk Hogan was a bad guy. He was wrestling against Tony Atlas, and he was trying to drop [him] on his balls on the top rope and he missed. Then Tony Atlas pulled down Hogan’s pants, picked [him up] and dropped him on his balls. We went crazy, and I lost my voice for three months,” the Brooklyn-native said of his one night of shear wrestling bliss. Continue reading