Variety has announced that Mickey Rourke will be starring in Darren Aronofsky's indie drama The Wrestler, a project previously planned for Nicolas Cage. No explanation was given for the change, but I imagine it went something like this...
Nicolas Cage has just emerged from Darren Aronofsky's bathroom wearing a professional wrestling outfit and his typical bewildered yet concerned expression.
Nicolas Cage: So how do I look?
Darren Aronofsky: You know, now that I see you, here in the light, dressed in a full leonard, I realize you look absolutely nothing like a wrestler.
Nicolas Cage: Hm. I'm not sure what you mean.
Darren Aronofsky: Well, it's just that a wrestler--and I'm just saying typically--is a large, imposing, menace of a man.
Nicolas Cage: Right... So you're worried I'm not that much like that?
Darren Aronofsky: You're nothing like that. You're just a wide-eyed balding guy who frequently looks confused.
Nicolas Cage: I see.
Darren Aronofsky: Yeah, sorry. Jeez, I don't know what I was thinking offering you this role. I clearly need someone more like... Jesus, who's that giant freak?
(At this point, Aronofsky turns to his television and sees the above image of a crazy, bare-chested Mickey Rourke strutting out of a courthouse. Aronofsky's eyes turn into dollar signs, or maybe wrestling rings, if that could be clearly conveyed in the area of a pupil.)
Mickey Rourke wires 'Wrestler' [Variety]