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The Wrestler Trailer Finally Here
Mickey Rourke's best performance ever

21 November 2008  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Apple

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It's been a long time coming, but The Wrestler trailer is here at last, and it'll give you some indication why every critic and member of the public who has already seen the film has started buzzing about Oscars.

Darren Aronofsky's film sees Mickey Rourke play Randy "The Ram" Robinson, a wrestler who was big in the 1980s but now ekes out a living at small shows and conventions. A regular at a strip club, he has a quasi-friendship with dancer Cassidy (Marisa Tomei), who encourages him to seek out and try to win back his estranged daughter Stephanie (Evan Rachel Wood). And in the meantime, Randy's offered the chance of a lifetime, a rematch with his most iconic opponent, The Ayatollah.

The Wrestler is out here on January 16, which gives you six days to see it before Oscar nominations are announced on January 22 and everyone starts crowding in to see Rourke's performance (we're betting).


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RE:
L: CHUFFSTER So no-one else thinks this is just another Rocky Balboa with an actor whose face needs a puppet master to convey any emotion? Just me then! es. just you. More

Posted by richCie at 18:40 on 22 November 2008 | Report This Post

So no-one else thinks this is just another Rocky Balboa with an actor whose face needs a puppet master to convey any emotion? Just me then! More

Posted by CHUFFSTER at 18:13 on 22 November 2008 | Report This Post

So no-one else thinks this is just another Rocky Balboa with an actor whose face needs a puppet master to convey any emotion? Just me then! More

Posted by CHUFFSTER at 18:12 on 22 November 2008 | Report This Post

Big daddy
I think we forget how good Rourke is, this film looks set to remind us all. Like someone else who posted on here, I hope my local cinema shows this. First film of the new year to look forward. More

Posted by Uncle Ludo at 15:04 on 22 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Absolutely Fantastic
L: keaneye I can't remember ever seeing a trailer where I had immediately empathized with the main character, but the Wrestler has achieved that. This is not one of those typical oscar roles where the actor feels he must be frighteningly intense like he's really gunning for that award, yet it already looks like a thoroughly powerful and convincing performance in a film that seems to have a very easy pace to it. sp; Damn right . I also got the feeling like we were watching his life unfo More

Posted by Beno at 10:02 on 22 November 2008 | Report This Post

Maybe gives actual wrestling more credibility
Might make people realise the fans love it for more than what is on the surface. More

Posted by RevolloveR at 22:30 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: I´m an old broken down piece of meat…
Looks excellent, cant wait to see this its about time wrestling got a decent movie made about it More

Posted by krudler at 21:56 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

I´m an old broken down piece of meat…
I don´t care if it´s only a trailer, and what the finished movie will be like. That trailer alone gave me more of the feeling I want movie´s movies to give me, surely more than most of the BS I had to endure the last couple of years. More

Posted by RoboMan24 at 18:08 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

wow, that does look seriously good. long time coming though, this trailer. glad it finally got shown. now i just gotta hope it shows in some cinemas near me! More

Posted by richCie at 16:59 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

Looking forward to this.
If I lived in or around London would have definately seen this at the LFF, but won't have long to wait now till it gets here. Mickey Rourke seems to be right at home with this characer and it looks like Darren Aronofsky is back on form after the abysmally dull and up itself The Fountain. Still can't believe it was above the classic The Wicker Man in the top 500 films of all trime. More

Posted by Taz69 at 16:14 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

Saw this at the LFF this year
It was the surprise film and it was just fantastic. I challenge any of you guys on here saying it looks cliched and sentimental not to be on the verge of man-tears by the end. Oh, and by the way Overmind, he doesn't dedicate the fight to his daughter at the end - I won't give away any spoilers, but let's just say it's dedicated for certain reasons to his adoring public. This is a wonderful film and I really hope Rourke - who did a fab Q&A at the end, btw - gets some recognition for it. G More

Posted by Cat_Corportation at 14:55 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

goodto see i wasnt the only one to get a little choked up. looks amazing. welcome back rourkester you deserve at least a nomination from what i've seen so far. More

Posted by TheDuffMan at 14:19 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

Absolutely Fantastic
I can't remember ever seeing a trailer where I had immediately empathized with the main character, but the Wrestler has achieved that. This is not one of those typical oscar roles where the actor feels he must be frighteningly intense like he's really gunning for that award, yet it already looks like a thoroughly powerful and convincing performance in a film that seems to have a very easy pace to it. More

Posted by keaneye at 14:05 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

Jesus
This looks like it really could be a classic, just from the trailer, Rourke looks on the best form of his life. I agree that he'll probably be winning an Oscar in 2009 More

Posted by councilskivvy at 12:42 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

The Wrestler Trailer FINALLY Here
I've got two words for ya "instant classic" loks like come feburary 22nd 2009 an oscar is coming mickeys way and it looks well deserved! More

Posted by David Dvd 1988 at 12:17 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

Looks good
Gotta love Springstein. Put him in a trailer and your virtually guaranteed to bag an oscar. Just ask Cruise and Hanks! More

Posted by Bladesofglory at 11:57 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: The Wrestler Trailer FINALLY Here
Looks fantastic, gutted to have missed this at the LFF. Oscar nominations for Original Screenplay, Actor (Rourke) and Original Song (Springsteen) are dead-certs, but it may be too left-field and 'indie' to challenge for the heavyweight gongs. More

Posted by JohnnyBGoode at 11:11 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

You so fine
Looks pretty good from the trailer although not altogether unfamiliar. Rourke looks googdand I've always been a fan of Marisa Tomei who has had an unjustifiably hard time being taken seriously since her oscar.. Seems like a strange one for aronosky to do but will definitely be queing up to give it a look. More

Posted by dansimm2000 at 11:09 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: The Wrestler Trailer Finally Here
Looks like it could be a good film, maybe a little bit of a tough watch but I'll still go. More

Posted by matthewforan at 10:53 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: The Wrestler Trailer Finally Here
This is the most clichefull trailer Ive ever seen. Mickey will surely gain a strong nomenie for the Oscar here. And prolly win too. This is no-go for me. Ill surely puke when he holds his spech at the end of the movie, about dedicating this match to his daughter and how much he loves her. (yes, prejudging is my middlename ---- edit: spellcheck. More

Posted by Overmind at 10:46 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

I must be dead inside
looks sh1te More

Posted by hairbymaurice at 09:54 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

Damn.....
Just the trailer got a lump in my throat. It looks great. More

Posted by the ageless stranger at 09:20 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post

Well I can only say
It looks really emotional...certainly looks the deal...Mickey Rourke played a blinder as Marv in Sin City and looks like he has taken that into this movie and not only made his lead character look mean but shows that even the biggest and hardest men can still shed a tear over their children. Looks like he could be nominated for an Oscar...good luck Mickey. More

Posted by Noelg25 at 08:43 on 21 November 2008 | Report This Post


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