Darren Arofsky's The Wrestler is an insightful behind-the-scenes meditation on the film's provocative characters and the choices they make. Once a hugely successful WWF wrestler, Randy the Ram w ekes out a living performing for diehard wrestling fans from the 1980s in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. But when he suffers a heart attack, Randy's doctor tells him he needs to lay off the steroids and stop wrestling altogether. Forced out of show business, Randy begins to evaluate the state of his life. But the pull of the spotlight is too strong and he attempts once again to find his way back into the ring. Featuring actors Mickey Rourke, Academy award-winning Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood, this book is an extension of Arofsky's filmic vision, and will contain film stills, the original shooting script, still photos, original art, and observations by its creators, cast, and crew.
Darren Aronofsky's directorial debut ? won the Director's Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, an Independent Spirit award and the Open Palm. Aronofsky's other films include Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain. Robert Siegel was editor-in-chief of the satirical newspaper The Onion from 1996 to 2003. He is now a full-time screenwriter.