The Wrestler and Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen’s “The Wrestler” has been nominated for a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award in the “Best Song from a Film” category. “The Wrestler” can be heard in Darren Aronofsky’s new film of the same name, opening today in New York and Los Angeles on with wider release to follow. The song can also be found on Bruce Springsteen’s forthcoming album, Working on a Dream, due in stores on January 27. “The Wrestler” can presently be purchased via iTunes at the link below.

The Wrestler, directed by Darren Aronofsky, is a portrait of a battered dreamer, who despite himself and the odds stacked against him, lives to be a hero once again in the only place he considers home – inside the ring. Back in the late ’80s, Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, twenty years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey . However, a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away, he begins to evaluate the state of his life — trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Evan Rachel Wood), and striking up a blossoming romance with an exotic dancer (Marisa Tomei) who is ready to start a new life. Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art, which threatens to pull Randy “The Ram” back into his world of wrestling.

In an interview with Uncut, Mickey Rourke stated, “I wrote Bruce a letter, because we’ve known each other over twenty years, and he knows what I used to be, or whatever. Where I went. What I’d been reduced to. I told him how I felt lucky now and didn’t have to end up being this guy, being Randy (character from The Wrestler). A while later I got a call in the middle of the night: he said he’d written a little song, for nothing. It’s fucking beautiful, right? I was honored he took the time, because he’s a busy cat. I mean, I’m so goddam proud of this magical movie and to have Bruce’s input… ain’t nobody in Hollywood with all their millions can just ring the man and he’ll do a song, y’know?”

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