Nicolas Cage to Wear Wrestling Hairpiece

October 15, 2007

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There are always those times when an actor takes a role that you know is wrong for them, will likely soil their reputation and career, and you're left wondering what their agent was possibly thinking. Then there are other times when an actor who is constantly taking terrible roles picks a part that makes you think, "You know, I think I would like to see Nicolas Cage as a fallen-from-grace professional wrestler." Such is the case today:

The film, now in development at Darren Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures, centers on Randy "The Ram" Robinson, a 1980s-era star pro wrestler who has become a burnt-out shell of his former self. After he has a heart attack during a small-time match, a doctor tells him he could die if he fights again.

In an effort to build a new life, Robinson takes a job at a deli, moves in with an aging stripper and tries to build a relationship with her son. But the prospect of a rematch with his old nemesis the Ayatollah proves too tempting to resist, even if it means risking his life.

I think this would be good as an extended series, where Cage plays a different and more pathetic failure each time, culminating with a scene from Wicker Man (or Ghost Rider or several other films), when the viewer realizes the crushing saga was analogous to Cage's own career. To soften the blow to his ego, he's given a lush, full head of hair during shooting. How about it?

Cage makes some moves on 'Wrestler' [Hollywood Reporter]

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