Wrestler flashback: choice quotes from the New York Film Festival

Last fall, the Film Society was thrilled to host the cast and crew of The Wrestler during the New York Film Festival. Now that Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei have racked up well-deserved Oscar nods, we’d like to bring you these quotes from their festival press conference.

Mickey Rourke, Darren Aronofsky, Marisa Tomei, Scott Franklin

“There have been so many boxing movies–it’s become its own genre–and yet no one had made a serious film about wrestling.”

-Darren Aronofsky

Mickey Rourke

“Darren had a ring put in his office, and every day for two hours Darren made go practice with these guys…Wrestling and boxing are like ping pong and rugby. With wrestling, everything is choreographed like a dance and you work with another person to achieve something that looks magical…These guys really put their ass on the line working off the adrenaline of the crowd.”

-Mickey Rourke on training for his starring role the The Wrestler

Marisa Tomei

“Darren did not put a strip pole in his office.”

-Marisa Tomei on preparing for her role as a stripper in The Wrestler

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