Director Darren Aronfsky dropped some really interesting news during an interview with MTV in which he revealed that his latest film Black Swan was originally going to be a mixed with The Wrestler.
Here is Aronofsky's explanation of how this all came to be:
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. So I guess my dream is that some art theater will play the films as a double feature some day.
It would be interesting to hear more about how these two separate films evolved into what they became. For example where in this process did Aronfsky want to throw in the supernatural element into Black Swan? From the trailer it appears that Natalie Portman's character is literally turning into a Swan.
The Wrestler and Black Swan seem like two very different films, it's hard to imagine them being combined into one. Despite the differences, Aronofsky explains how they are still linked thematically.
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.
The Wrestler was a fantastic film, and I'm really looking forward to Black Swan. it look like it's going to be pretty amazing. It's interesting to find out how movies like this evolve in this crazy industry.
What do you think about what Aronofsky had to say regarding these to films and the connection they have?