Rourke Delivers Adjective-Inspiring Performance in New Aronofsky Flick
09.05.08 by REELZ
Believe it or not, there was a time when Mickey Rourke did not look like Halloween's Michael Myers on a Hawaiian vacation. There was a time, in fact, when a lot of people thought Mickey was going to be the next Marlon. That thought evaporated around 1986 (9 1/2 Weeks was no Last Tango in Paris). But now Rourke is back, Variety insists, and "simply staggering" in the lead role of Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, which is currently showing at the Venice Film Festival. How staggering exactly? According to Variety, Rourke delivers a "galvanizing, humorous, deeply moving portrait that instantly takes its place among the great, iconic screen performances." Ouch, whoo, that was quite a flurry of adjectives -- you totally had us tapping out at "galvanizing, humorous, deeply moving...." But we have to admit, we're pretty intrigued.