As with Philadelphia, it was Bruce Springsteen’s music that brought me to a movie that I missed at its time. As with with Philadelphia, The wrestler (Working on a dream album) turned into an unforgettable movie experience for me. And – I must add – I have no interest at all in wrestling, in fact, I hate every form of violence (Which poses a problem concerning rugby, the king of sport in my country!)
It was definetely Mickey Rourke who did it for me. His portrayal of the aging sportsman with all the burned bridges behind him, just touched me from the first scene to the last, heartbreaking moment. The loneliness, the financial problems, the brotherhood of the ring, the humiliation, the effort to mend his broken relationship with his daughter, the failing health …
Like many others, I cannot imagine why the song The wrestler did not even get an Oscar nomination.
Have you ever seen a scarecrow filled with nothing but dust and wheat?
If you’ve ever seen that scarecrow then you’ve seen me
Have you ever seen a one-armed man punching at nothing but the breeze?
If you’ve ever seen a one-armed man then you’ve seen me
To me it captures the theme of the film no less effectively that Streets of Philadelphia did in Philadelphia. You can just feel the loneliness, the lostness (is there such a word?) of the aging wrestler.
These things that have comforted me, I drive away
This place that is my home I cannot stay
My only faith’s in the broken bones and bruises I display
Have you ever seen a one-legged man trying to dance his way free?
If you’ve ever seen a one-legged man then you’ve seen me …
Read more about the film at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1125849/
Listen to the song at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX9-qkKEyS4
Watch the official video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2r7snmo1jBk&feature=related
And yes, I know I am years behind, but still …