by Jack Hunter
Mickey Rourke with trainer "Afa" of the legendary tag team "The Wild Samoans"
It's no secret I'm a huge pro wrestling fan. In fact, there's only two things I watch on TV - news and pro wrestling. All of the popular shows - American Idol, Arrested Development, The World's Next Top Chef, whatever, I haven't a clue about. I just found out recently that "Lost" wasn't a reality show. Because of the name, I honestly thought it was.
Perhaps this makes me pop-culture illiterate. I can live with that. What I can't live without is my favorite mindless pastime and I can hardly wait to see the new critically-acclaimed Mickey Rourke film "The Wrestler," which opens in Charleston at the Terrace Theatre on Friday, Jan. 23. Fox Searchlight has put together a wonderful roundtable dicsussion featuring wrestling legends Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Diamond Dallas Page, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Lex Luger and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, who praise and discuss the film.
The last time I saw Valentine, he was wrestling in the parking lot of a Baptist Church in Summerville. Rourke's character, just from the trailers, reminds me a lot of Valentine.
Here's the roundtable discussion in 5 parts. The videos are short and range from 3 to 5 minutes. Really good stuff for wrestling fans and non-fans curious about the movie: