Extra Virgin February 09 - Antilove
 
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Bruce Springsteen recently won a Golden Globe for his song for the film The Wrestler, the latest in a trio of heartbreakingly beautiful songs that have appeared on the silver screen. We look back at those songs, and hear Mickey Rourke, star of The Wrestler, on how the song came into being.

the wresterThe Wrestler
Song: The Wrestler
Mickey Rourke, the film’s star, says, "I wrote Bruce a letter, because we've known each other over twenty years, and he knows what I used to be, or whatever. Where I went. What I'd been reduced to.


I told him how I felt lucky now and didn't have to end up being this guy, being Randy (character from The Wrestler). A while later I got a call in the middle of the night: he said he'd written a little song, for nothing. It's f***ing beautiful, right? I was honoured he took the time, because he's a busy cat. I mean, I'm so goddam proud of this magical movie and to have Bruce's input…ain't nobody in Hollywood with all their millions can just ring the man and he'll do a song, y'know?" iconmusicListen to the song here

jerry maquireJerry Maguire
Song: Secret Garden
It is actually a song about a prostitute (listen to the lyrics again), but this song sound-tracked Tom Cruise’s stuttering romance with the misty-eyed Renee Zellwegger.
iconmusicListen to it here


jerry maquirePhiladelphia
Song: Streets of Philadelphia
Tom Hanks won an Oscar for his role as an AIDS sufferer in the film Philadelphia and with it the headlines, but Springsteen’s song, also an Academy award winner, lives longer in the memory. iconmusicListen to it here

 

 

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