It was a cultural thing—celebrating the holidays, knowing where you came from, knowing your history, having respect for what your people have been through." Aronofsky's interest in the outdoors led him to backpack his way through Europe and the Middle East.
In 1987, he entered Harvard University, where he majored in social anthropology and studied filmmaking; he graduated in 1991.
Rourke won a Golden Globe, as did Bruce Springsteen for his original song written for the film.
The Wrestler grossed ,674,354 worldwide on a budget of ,000,000 making it Aronofsky's highest-grossing film to that point.
I have so much respect for Nic Cage as an actor and I think it really could have worked with Nic but, you know, Nic was incredibly supportive of Mickey and he is old friends with Mickey and really wanted to help with this opportunity, so he pulled himself out of the race." Cage responded, "I wasn't quote 'dropped' from the movie.
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".
Aronofsky said that Cage pulled out of the movie because Aronofsky wanted Rourke to star; Aronofsky said, stating that Cage was "a complete gentleman, and he understood that my heart was with Mickey and he stepped aside.The film was an international hit, eventually grossing over 2 million worldwide. , was released to theaters on September 15, 2017, by Paramount Pictures; the film sparked controversy upon release due to its biblical allegories and depiction of violence, Aronofsky was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1969, the son of public school teachers Charlotte and Abraham Aronofsky.He grew up in the borough's Manhattan Beach neighborhood, where he was "raised culturally Jewish, but there was very little spiritual attendance in temple.The film also generated considerable controversy due to the graphic nature of several scenes, and was eventually released unrated.After writing the World War II horror film Below, Aronofsky began production on his third film, the romantic fantasy sci-fi drama The Fountain.Production was postponed to wait for a pregnant Blanchett to give birth to her child in December 2001.