PartyLines- photographs by Patrick McMullan

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Cinema Society and ‘EW’ Present a Screening of ‘The Wrestler’

Tribeca Grand and Soho Grand. December 8, 2008. By Bennett Marcus

You trained with a pro wrestler for this role. Was it tough? “I had like three MRIs in two months. I couldn’t wait for the movie to be over, to tell you the truth.” —Mickey Rourke

Marisa Tomei

You researched wrestling for your role. Did you research stripping for any scenes with Marisa Tomei? “I pleaded, but I was not involved in those scenes.” —Gregg Bello

Naomi Campbell

Jeremy Piven

Was it difficult to write the stripper scenes? “Marisa Tomei had a stripping consultant to make sure that, uh, authenticity was observed and honored.” —Robert Siegel

Tatum O’Neal

Julian Schnabel

What would your stripper name be? “Your pet’s name and the street you grew up on. Lady Jaffrey, which is perfect.” —Darren Aronofsky

Brooke Shields

Christopher Noth

Do you have a strong right hook? “Don’t even mess with me. That’s why I only did a couple days on this movie, because everyone was afraid of me.” —Judah Friedlander

Heather Graham

John Leguizamo

Do you wrestle? “I box at Chelsea Piers. I have a private trainer, an undefeated American fighter.” —Helena Christensen

Lazaro Hernandez

Matt Dillon

If you were a professional wrestler, what would your name be? “The Komodo Dragon. I would be in a Komodo-dragon outfit and have a tail and my big claws.” —Lonny Ross


Rachel Roy

Do you like to wrestle? “I like to wrestle. I’m an aggressive Scorpio.” —Zac Posen

Damon Dash

Michael Stipe

Your company has a big karaoke holiday party. Are you any good? “I’m not any good at it, but I love doing it.” —John Varvatos

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