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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Wrestler II: Life Imitating Art Imititating Life???

So I gave The Wrestler 5 out of 5 staple-guns or 5 out of 5 Cinderella power ballads I can't exactly remember. Naturally, I had to post this article. Can we please discuss this? Is this a classic case of not leaving well enough alone or is this a fun retranslation/extension of a great performance? Do we need a sequel where Mickey Rourke gets fitted with a glorious cybersuit and is sent to fight crime on the moon?

From Yahoo News...

Rourke ready to rumble in Houston

Actor Mickey Rourke arrives at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on AP – Actor Mickey Rourke arrives at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, in …

HOUSTON – Listen up wrestlin' fans: actor Mickey Rourke says he's ready to rumble with WWE superstar Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania 25 in Reliant Stadium on April 5.

Rourke portrays professional wrestler Randy the Ram in the acclaimed movie "The Wrestler."

He's signed to wrestle Jericho, for real.

He made a surprise announcement Sunday night on the red carpet before the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.

He said he was pleased by the acceptance of the movie by all the WWE wrestlers — except Jericho.

Then Rourke said he was going to toss Jericho "around the ring like tossed salad."

Meanwhile, Jericho, appearing on WWE television, said, Rourke was out of line and that he was offended by Rourke's comments. He said Rourke made "a mistake."


Daniel Brooks said...

I actually don't mind that much. From what I've heard, professional wrestlers love the movie and they love MR's performance. And why wouldn't they? He was awesome in it; I would guess that many wrestlers can identify with Rourke in it, and it seems like they've portrayed the world of pro wrestling pretty accurately.

I just hope this move doesn't make the Academy voters decide not to give him Best Actor. Because he deserves it.

Chris Bacolo said...

I hope the Ayatollah of Rock of Rolla (sp?) kicks his ass.