The AV Club has figured, based upon an EW and Access Hollywood posting, that Mickey Rourke is headed for the ring – for real. Or at least whatever counts as real for professional wrestling.
This raises so many art/real life questions that it’s almost, simply through his proclamation, a sort of performance. Basically, an actor who revitalized his career by pretending to wrestle is now going to pretend to wrestle professionally – which is acting after all – for a huge television audience. Is this then meta-acting? Meta-wrestling? Or just a good PR move to get some free air time?
Rourke, who temporarily retired from acting to pursue boxing in the ‘90s, has been rather successful in his recent big screen adventures. Apart from taking the lead role in the latest Aronofsky picture, his previous role in Sin City - which he’s set to reprise in 2010 – garnered the veteran actor a variety of accolades, both professionally and from fans.
The Wrestler really was an interesting film in a variety of ways. Of course, some of the plot, involving a still vital and beautiful Marisa Tomei seems a bit predictable. A stripper serves as the salvation for hackneyed pro-wrestler “The Ram.” Whereas the fact that Rourke’s character has a rocky relationship with his estranged daughter doesn’t seem too implausible, the character embellishment that makes her a lesbian seems a bit forced. It’s not really discussed, but in a scene involving her girlfriend seems to be foisted on the viewer simply to make plain the fact that it’s alright to be gay. A bit of a plot distraction for no good reason. How does her sexuality affect the plot? Well, it doesn’t.
Apart from that seemingly innocuous point of contention, everything needed for the making of a decent dramatic action flick is in place as well as a modicum of gore that fans of Aronofsky should expect considering his first flick Pi as well as Requiem for a Dream. We’ll see if Rourke’s ‘real’ wrestling matches his real acting soon enough. Get those Pay-Per-View orders ready.