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Why Nicolas Cage Turned Down "The Wrestler" Lead

Posted: March 12th, 2009 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Why Nicolas Cage Turned Down "The Wrestler" LeadSubmit Comment
Nicolas Cage has denied that he was dropped from "The Wrestler" in favor of Mickey Rourke. "I wasn't, quote, 'dropped' from the movie," Cage told Access Hollywood at the New York premiere of his new film "Knowing." "I resigned from the movie because I didn't think I had enough time to achieve the look of the wrestler who was on steroids, which I would never do."

Cage was first offered Rourke's part of Randy 'The Ram' Robinson in the film. But Rourke went on to take the role, which lead to an Oscar nomination and a Bafta award for playing the washed-up wrestler in the film directed by Darren Aronofsky.

"The movie was written for Mickey," Cage said. "And, for whatever reason, they couldn't get the financing for the movie back then."

Click here to read our "The Wrestler" review.

Source: Access Hollywood


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The5thBeatle5 writes:
on March 11th, 2009 at 11:21:03 PM

Nic Cage is awesome! I think he's doing alright even without taking the role, though he wouldve probably been up for another Oscar!
synthetic1985 writes:
on March 11th, 2009 at 11:28:21 PM

hah...good point from nicolas cage...now only if there was a way to get through to some of these pathetic studios that are too far in their own world with their own visions of other peoples' works and make them stop!!...it'll never happen...even if they're in control of it or not
The Skippy Spartan writes:
on March 12th, 2009 at 12:29:01 AM

He is still getting over the bees the poor guy
Gunslinger writes:
on March 12th, 2009 at 2:42:25 AM

"..couldn't get the financing back then..." Translation: They wouldn't pay me enough. Back to Disney for National Treasure 3.
synthetic1985 writes:
on March 12th, 2009 at 3:12:47 AM

well at least he admitted he would never take time to achieve the look of a wrestler on steriods...he has his good and bad movies...remember vin diesel didn't do XXX 2 because he wasn't offered enough money?...and now he wants to return for a 3rd??...it's because of reasons like that why i'm not interested in another ridd*ck film either
hardcorehogan87 writes:
on March 12th, 2009 at 3:13:43 AM

Oh, I thought it was because he only does bad movies now.
synthetic1985 writes:
on March 12th, 2009 at 3:16:53 AM

the only reason i'm interested in fast and furious 4 is because the 4th shows what i thought we were gonna see for 2 fast 2 furious...and that turned out to be a major drag
BREALZ writes:
on March 12th, 2009 at 11:21:57 AM

Still waiting for Gone in 30 seconds!!
Schwasted writes:
on March 12th, 2009 at 3:18:34 PM

How did it get burned?? Not the bees!!! MY EYES!!!!
DCJayhawk57 writes:
on March 13th, 2009 at 11:25:30 AM

^^^LOL
tolgaboy writes:
on March 13th, 2009 at 3:36:17 PM

we
tolgaboy writes:
on March 13th, 2009 at 3:37:55 PM

well he s making good movies and whats an oscar after all ?NOTHING? keep on doing the best
Space_Ghost11 writes:
on March 15th, 2009 at 7:20:59 PM

couldve been good but I liked Rourke for it much better

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