Latest Darren Aronofsky Stories

2009-02-09 20:23:14

The F-bombs in Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke's BAFTA acceptance speech were bleeped out when the U.K. awards show aired on BBC America. Rourke won the leading actor prize at the British Orange Academy Film Awards ceremony in London Sunday night for his portrayal of an aging pro wrestling icon desperate to recapture his glory days in the big-screen drama, The Wrestler. It's a pretty statue, Rourke said upon collecting his BAFTA mask, which he dedicated to his late friend, actor Richard Harris....

2009-02-06 08:20:00

U.S. director-producer Darren Aronofsky said this week he understands why Welsh-born actor Christian Bale lost his temper on a film set last summer. A recording of Bale's 4-minute-long, expletive-ridden rant against Shane Hurlbut, the director of photography of Terminator: Salvation, hit the Internet Monday. Bale apparently became furious when Hurlbut distracted him while he was shooting an intense scene. Speaking at Wednesday night's London Film Critics' Circle Awards, Aronofsky, who has...

2008-12-23 19:04:23

U.S. actress Marisa Tomei says it took her a little while to decide she wanted the role in The Wrestler that director Darren Aronofsky offered her. In the film, Tomei portrays an aging stripper and the love interest of the title character played by Mickey Rourke. Asked if she found the role irresistible, Tomei told United Press International in New York recently: "Irresistible? Hardly! I was like, 'I've got to be nuts!' she added with a laugh. No. I really thought long and hard and was kind...

2008-12-13 13:23:13

The upcoming U.S. movie The Wrestler contains questionable material about Iran through its use of a character dubbed the Ayatollah, Iranian media say. Media sources in Iran have criticized the newest movie from director Darren Aronofsky for featuring the Ayatollah wrestling character and the Iranian flag, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. In the film, the Ayatollah uses an Iranian flag to attack the movie's protagonist, Randy 'the Ram' Robinson, in a wrestling match. Robinson, played by...

2008-12-10 14:13:00

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...

2008-12-08 13:31:22

U.S. actor Mickey Rourke says he briefly hesitated to star in The Wrestler because he didn't like the script and wasn't a fan of pro wrestling. Rourke, who has worked on-screen only occasionally in recent years, has been garnering rave reviews for his portrayal of a has-been wrestler in Darren Aronofsky's latest big-screen drama. Asked what he thought of Robert Siegel's Wrestler screenplay when he first read it, Rourke told UPI in New York Sunday: I didn't really care for the script, but I...

2008-09-24 15:00:35

By Geoffrey Macnab Gender scene Mickey Rourke puts his pecker in the popcorn in Barry Levinson's 'Diner' (1982) Men are beasts. They want only one thing and they'll lie and cheat to get it. Women are sweet-natured, romantic and fiercely protective of their virtue. This, at least, is the theory of the battle between the sexes advanced in countless US teen movies from the 1950s onward. Of course, the generalisations don't really add up. The predatory, leather-clad rebel on the...

2008-09-15 06:00:26

By Susan Wloszczyna TORONTO -- How much does director Darren Aronofsky love Mickey Rourke? Enough to rush off to a festival gift lounge to grab some doggie duds for Loki, the actor's adored Chihuahua-terrier mix. Not that the filmmaker hasn't already given the Hollywood bad boy of the '80s, who devolved into a casualty of fame in the '90s, something better than canine couture. Namely, a comeback role of a lifetime in The Wrestler, one that could easily lead to Rourke's first Oscar...

2008-09-10 06:00:18

By Steven Rea Last year's Toronto International Film Festival launched more than a few exceptionally good, and, as things turned out, Oscar- contending titles: "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,""Eastern Promises,""Juno,""Michael Clayton,""No Country for Old Me" and "Persepolis" among them. Not bad. This year's festival, which runs through Saturday in the movie- crazed Canadian town, boasts 249 features from 64 countries. To quote the Toronto-based singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith,...

2008-09-08 15:00:42

Mickey Rourke's new film role as a lonely has-been wrestler took the Venice Film Festival by storm yesterday. Those behind The Wrestler received a standing ovation from some reporters during the US film's press conference, as parallels were drawn with Rourke's own troubled past. Much mention has been made of a lack of a Hollywood presence at this year's festival. But as the event draws to a close excitement mounted as Rourke was tipped to scoop "best actor" awards. Rourke plays Randy...

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