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Robert D. Siegel / Screenwriter, "The Wrestler"

Making The Scene

One sequence often holds the key to a story. Three writers dissect a pivotal moment in their films.

December 10, 2008|Michael Ordona

"When Randy [Mickey Rourke] and Cassidy [Marisa Tomei] are at the bar and 'Round and Round' by Ratt comes on. This is the music that was on the radio when these two wounded souls were at the top of their respective professions.

"And like they did, hair metal just sort of went away when the '80s turned into the '90s.

"Suddenly, you didn't hear Def Leppard and Guns N' Roses on the radio anymore, and Kurt Cobain and Nirvana took over and music wasn't quite as fun.

"And the actual lines from the script -- Mickey does a lot of improvising -- I'm glad they made it in: 'Like there's anything wrong with having fun'; 'The '90s sucked.' "

-- Michael Ordona

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