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Diving Off the Top Rope: The Wrestler (2008)

February 03, 2022
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Title: Diving Off the Top Rope: The Wrestler (2008)

Description: Steve is joined again by frequent contributor and guest host, Chris to talk about the 2008 film The Wrestler, starring Mickey Rourke and Marissa Tomei. This movie is surprisingly rich in themes and asks many interesting questions. It sheds light on fame, success and the limits of the human body and psyche.

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[00:00:00] Thanks for joining us again today, we are going to talk with our good friend, Chris, about the 2008 movie, the wrestler starring Nikki Rourke as a washed up wrestler, trying to get back into the big times Mickey work stars as Robin Randy, the Ram Ram's Sinsky and Merissa Tomay as a stripper in Northern New Jersey.
So this is going to be a really fun and exciting episode. I know you're excited about this one. But I grew up with wrestling in my life. Watching it, uh, going to a lot of the indie shows that are in this movie and knowing a lot of wrestlers, I actually trained a bit, not much, my brother trained a lot more than I did.
And yeah, wrestling has always been a huge part of my life path. Passion in my life. I'm going to start off with a really short overview of this movie. And then we're going to really dive into a lot of the history and the context and the background of wrestling because this movie really [00:01:00] captures something about the indie circuit of wrestling and really the narrative arc of history of wrestling from the eighties until 2000, the early 2000 when this movie was produced.
But, and now as usual, we feature plenty of spoilers. That's really what we're all about here on beyond the big screen, you can listen to this episode and learn a lot about the movie. Having never watched it. She'll definitely want to watch this movie and listen to this episode several times. You'll love it.
We would definitely to hear what you have to say too. So reach out on social media or send an email, but really. The movie is about it. This character, Robin Randy, the Ram Ram Zinsky and he's a washed up pro wrestler. He was huge several decades ago, but now he's found himself on hard times. He works.
Part-time at a grocery store and wrestles on the weekends and small semi-pro wrestling events and he [00:02:00] pushes it really hard to the, really, to the max that ever

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Steve Guerra is a historian and podcaster who hosts three different shows. He started with the History of the Papacy Podcast in 2013. In 2017, Steve began Beyond the Big Screen, a podcast that delves into the fascinating stories behind films through lively interviews. His newest show, Organized Crime and Punishment, takes a deep dive into the roots, evolution, and impact of organized crime across different cultures and countries.
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