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11.12.2007
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Despite the fact that as recently as two weeks ago Nicolas was spotted taking in a wrestling match in preparation for his upcoming drama THE WRESTLER, the actor has abruptly pulled out of the film. Director Darren Aronofsky, no stranger to actor's dropping out of his films, moved quickly to replace Cage though and has signed Mickey Rourke to take the role. Rourke would play Randy "The Ram" Robinson, an over-the-hill professional wrestler looking to make a comeback. Doesn't Mickey Rourke just make better sense in this role than Nicolas Cage ever would? Mickey Rourke just looks like a professional wrestler. In any event, there was no immediate word on why Cage dropped out of the project. Rourke is currently filming THE INFORMERS for Gregor Jordan and has the long delayed KILLSHOT on the way whenever the Weinsteins see fit to release it. WRESTLER, written by Aronofsky and Robert Siegel, is expected to begin filming in January.

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Extra Tidbit: Rourke filmed a role in THE THIN RED LINE but his part got cut.
Source: Variety

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12:13PM on 11/12/2007

Much better choice

Rourke's a way better choice for three reasons:
- He was a boxer before he started acting
- He bounced at a club he owned a few years back
- He LOOKS like a bad ass. Cage doesn't
Rourke's a way better choice for three reasons:
- He was a boxer before he started acting
- He bounced at a club he owned a few years back
- He LOOKS like a bad ass. Cage doesn't
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10:53AM on 11/12/2007

Thanks Nicolas...

... I was looking forward to the flick when I originally read the plot, but was unsure Cage would get the right tone. Rourke is going to rule this role. He's perfect for the character. Now I'm way more stoked to see it.
... I was looking forward to the flick when I originally read the plot, but was unsure Cage would get the right tone. Rourke is going to rule this role. He's perfect for the character. Now I'm way more stoked to see it.
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8:30AM on 11/12/2007
Rourke is PERFECT. Add some moustache and his charachter might as well change name to Randy "Macho Man" Savage.
Rourke is PERFECT. Add some moustache and his charachter might as well change name to Randy "Macho Man" Savage.
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