BLACK SWAN and THE WRESTLER used to be one film according to Darren Aronofsky

Sean Hunter

by: Sean Hunter
August 31st, 2010

It's always interesting to see how a director's most recognized work come to fruition. In the case of Darren Aronofsky, THE WRESTLER was not always a story of redemption and BLACK SWAN was not always about some ballerina turning into a bird...right? Anyway, these two films used to be one married project according to Aronofsky in a recent interview with MTV. If the idea of a giant bird wrestling in a tutu is bringing joy to your heart, you might want to read on for more details.

Aronofsky had this to say about the original version of THE BLACK WRESTLER SWAN (non-confirmed title).

"At one point, way before I made 'The Wrestler,' I was actually developing a project that was about a love affair between a ballet dancer and a wrestler, and then it kind of split off into two movies. I realized pretty quickly that taking two worlds like wrestling and ballet was much too much for one movie."

What I wouldn't give to see Natalie Portman and Mickey Rourke partake in one hell of an awkward love scene. Aronofsky goes on...

"I've always considered the two films companion pieces. They are really connected and people will see the connections. It's funny, because wrestling some consider the lowest art — if they would even call it art — and ballet some people consider the highest art. But what was amazing to me was how similar the performers in both of these worlds are. They both make incredible use of their bodies to express themselves."

One more Aronofsky directed film centering on the human body as an artistic tool and we have ourselves a nice little box set  to give the kids for Christmas!

What are your thoughts? Does BLACK SWAN look to be on the same theme as THE WRESTLER? Would a double billing of these films bring little tiny tears of joy to your face? Leave your thoughts below!

Source: The Playlist, with image credit to /Film

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