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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...

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2008-12-09 17:16:08

U.S. actor Mickey Rourke says he found it difficult to leave behind the character he plays in The Wrestler once the cameras stopped rolling. I don't stay in character all the time; I'm not one of those, Rourke told reporters in New York this week. But there are certain parts of it, you lose pieces of yourself with each role you do, some people (do) anyway, and this one took a big chunk out of me. Asked how he's handling all the attention and awards-season buzz his performance is generating,...

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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...

2008-10-10 21:00:21

Mickey Rourke's co-star in "The Wrestler" said the Hollywood actor took his role so seriously, he actually slashed his own head for the sake of authenticity. The New York Daily News quoted Wass Stevens as saying Rourke heard that real-life wrestlers sometimes fake injuries by cutting themselves with razor blades, then decided to do likewise for his portrayal of a has-been grappler. "So Mickey taped a blade to his forearm, and when the time was right, sliced his forehead," Stevens told the...

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...

2008-09-08 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...

2008-09-08 12:00:24

By Peter Popham Mickey Rourke's true-to-life portrayal is tipped for an Oscar and raises the game at lacklustre festival They saved the best for last. Darren Aronofskys The Wrestler won the 65th Venice Film Festivals Golden Lion last night. It premiered only one day before, giving what critics agreed was an otherwise lacklustre Venice a powerful sting in the tail. Mickey Rourke, swaggering in oversize shirt and tie, with straggly blond locks draped over his face, went on stage to watch...

2008-09-08 09:00:29

U.S. film "The Wrestler" wins Venice Int'l Film Festival Golden Lion award VENICE, Italy, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- The American Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" has won the Golden Lion for best film award at the 65th Venice International Film Festival this year, the festival organizers announced on Saturday evening. At the closing ceremony in Film Palace of Lido, Venice, the film awarded the festival's top award stars Mickey Rourke as a wrestler forced into retirement who strikes up a...

2008-09-08 09:00:29

"The Wrestler," a drama directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Mickey Rourke, has won the Golden Lion award for best picture at the Venice film festival. Rourke has starred in the movies "Rumble Fish,""9 1/2 weeks,""Pope of Greenwich Village" and "Barfly." Aronofsky has directed the films "Requiem for a Dream" and "The Fountain." In the new movie, Rourke plays a professional wrestler well past his prime. "I need to thank Mickey Rourke, for opening up his heart and soul for the camera,...