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Set in the bizarro world of 1970s professional wrestling, highbrow meets lowbrow when a fledgling wrestler, to save his job, secretly enlists the aid of a once revered method acting teacher.
In the world of late 70's professional wrestling, a low level wrestler always relegated to being the opening act yearns to entertain in a bigger arena. He teams up with a method acting coach to enhance his skills, but must keep his unrefined profession a secret from the high brow coach who seeks inspiration and the highest quality from his students.
A struggling wrestler who pines for his time in the spotlight tricks an acting instructor into thinking he is a legitimate thespian so that he can receive lessons and improve his onstage showmanship, and through their emerging friendship, the two of them learn to come to terms with their respective professions and lives.
In 1977, a wrestler assigned to always being the "loser" in staged matches aims to win the public's attention, and hires an unwilling and elitist acting coach to help him work on a persona. Forced to keep the lessons a secret, the wrestler pursues the craft, all the while forming a bond with the coach, who also struggles to keep his homosexuality a secret from his family.
Action, Comedy, Sports, Period, Character Study, Film, Inspirational, Movie Business
Dodgeball, The King's Speech, White Men Can't Jump, The Wrestler, Body Slam
1977/ Several Months.
90% New York Locations including Madison Square Garden, an acting studio, several apartments, a bar, a cafe, an upstate home, an alley, a ferry terminal, a hillside, and city streets
10% Various Locations including an arena in Nebraska, a high school gym, and various highways
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TEDDY (28) is a low level wrestler on the pro circuit in the late 1970’s. Unlike his fellow wrestlers, he has no gimmick and gives terrible on air interviews. The managers always assign him to be the loser, and he knows he will always have that job. Teddy watches top wrestler JACK DADDIE (33) giving a captivating on air interview, and is duly impressed. Teddy goes on a streak of losing performances, handled by deft promoter MALCOLM (60’s) and manager RORY (45). Teddy is set to fight on the dead end Nebraska circuit soon. He discusses with the other wrestlers, including CATFISH JACKSON (30’s) and the MASKER MAULER (35), the fact that he needs his own gimmick to make name for himself. At the next venue, Teddy breaks from the agreement and cuts himself so that he bleeds, wowing the crowd. Rory is furious because those kinds of stunts are only meant for the main event, which Teddy definitely is not. Meanwhile ROGER (40) teaches an in depth acting class. He is looking for quality and inspiration, but his students are in commercials and awful plays. Teddy’s girlfriend STACEY (20’s) takes him to see a play. Teddy is unexpectedly moved. He gets...
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