Hollywood is destiny. At no other point could Rourke have played this character with such grace and gravitas. It’s as if all of his humiliating blunders happened just so he could play the Randy “The Ram”: the role that will define his legacy.
The parallels between the plot and reality are poetic. Rourke is, frankly, a fuck up. A dynamo actor who had enormous potential that he squandered. He crushed his career underneath his own vanities and indulgences. Rourke’s fall from lusty playboy to a doughy mess held together by staples and stitches is typical Hollywood fare. But Rourke’s vulnerability and self-loathing seeps into his performance and transforms an ordinary film into something magnificent.
MORE SOON! Wrestlerwatch 2009 for sure!
( I just saw it so I had to get something down but there will be so much more! ! Seriously, there’s a christ-like figure motif that I am working on — broken meat, gash in the side, sacrificial RAM. oof. so much. best movie of the year. Sorry, Heath)