December 10, 2008
Springsteen wrote song for Rourke comeback
U.S. actor Mickey Rourke says Bruce Springsteen penned a song for
The Wrestler after Rourke wrote him a letter telling him how proud he was of the film.
Directed and produced by Darren Aronofsky, the big-screen drama co-stars Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei.
The only reason I wrote Bruce Springsteen a letter was because after about six days, I knew something magical was happening on the movie,Rourke told reporters in New York this week.
Darren sort of brought me back to just really wanting to be the best thing I could be. Stuff started happening with Evan and then stuff made it personal with the speech at the end and the way Darren was shooting the movie and his direction, I felt this tremendous sense of pride and privilege to be associated with Darren and the people in this movie, and that's what gave me the gumption to write Bruce. I told him, 'We have no money, but we did it in New Jersey.'
Rourke said Springsteen called him some time later after reading the script and told him,
I wrote you a little something.
And then I heard it, the actor said of the song titled
The Wrestler, which Springsteen eventually recorded and gave the filmmakers for free.
I had to listen to it like 100 times. He really got it... The song sums up the whole character. He did me such an honor and such a favor.