After a decade-long absence from major films, it's hard not to notice that Mickey's real-life revival parallels the story of his character—a down-and-out wrestler who tries to turn his life around after suffering a heart attack. "I wanted to work with [director] Darren Aronofsky, and then when I read this piece it seemed a little too close to the belt," he says. Ultimately, Mickey's desire to work with the director sealed the deal for him. "I always say he's smarter than the rest of us, and he really just knows how to push those buttons and he doesn't settle for anything but the most of out an actor. I think deep down inside, that's the only thing I can respect out of a director."