1. I feel very deeply that pro-wrestlers deserve way more empathy, and it looks like this movie treats a post-career story that is all too familiar with a lot of respect.

    As a Lapsed Fan (couldn’t bear to watch after what happened June 07), I want people to know just what these guys and girls do for our entertainment, and the toll it takes on their physical and emotional lives.

  2. I hope this movie doesn’t dissapoint… by shoehorning in a crowd-pleasing schmaltzy happy ending.

    Amanda, I’m not a wrestling fan, but I’d like to know what happened in June 07.

  3. @ Bob the Mul

    I believe June ’07 was when “Pro wrestler Chris Benoit strangled his wife, suffocated his 7-year-old son and placed a Bible next to their bodies before hanging himself with the pulley of a weightlifting machine.”

  4. My flatmate (a D.O.P) got this on DVD for awards consideration, watched it over xmas. It is excellent, and Rourke is perfect in the role. If he doesn’t win some major awards for this I’d be very surprised. You should go see it… and I don’t often say that about movies.

  5. Stove, yep that’s it. I’ve been to a live show since, but it just didn’t feel the same. I had a good time, but it didn’t have the magic that Wrestlemania 6 years ago did.

    Yeah, wrestlers really get such a bum rap in their later years, because society thinks it’s ALL an act. The recurring theme that they get hooked on the adrenalin rush from a crowd is really chilling.

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