1234 – The Wrestler (2008)

timespace coordinates: 2000’s New JerseyMV5BMTc5MjYyOTg4MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDc2MzQwMg@@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,674,1000_AL_The Wrestler is a 2008 American sports drama film produced and directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by Robert D. Siegel, and starring Mickey Rourke (plays an aging professional wrestler)Marisa Tomei (as a stripper), and Evan Rachel Wood.

MV5BZTYyNDYxYzgtZDYyOS00NDRiLTk5NWYtZWE0NWEyYmI5OGZkXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjkxMjM5Nzc@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,1500,1000_AL_Promotion:  WWE helped promote it through an on-screen angle (a fictional storyline used in wrestling). This involved the heel Chris Jericho criticizing legendary retired wrestlers such as Ric Flair, who he felt were embarrassing themselves, as well as Mickey Rourke for his portrayal in The Wrestler. At the 15th Screen Actors Guild Awards, Rourke announced he would be competing at WrestleMania XXV, specifically targeting Jericho. The announcement led to a confrontation between the two on Larry King Live, which showed signs of second thoughts from Rourke. On January 28, it was announced through Rourke’s spokesperson that the actor would not compete at the event, and he was soon after announced instead as a guest. MV5BYjFhZDEyNzktNzczZC00NWYyLWJkZTQtMThkMGU2ODJkMTk3XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTIzOTk5ODM@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,1332,1000_AL_Rourke was also invited to the 2009 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony the night before WrestleMania. The angle culminated the following night where Jericho faced Ricky SteamboatRoddy Piper, and Jimmy Snuka in a handicap match. After his victory, Jericho dismantled Flair and challenged Rourke, who finally entered the ring and punched him out. (wiki)

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1122 – Real Steel (2011)

timespace coordinates: 2020, Detroit / Georgia / New York City / Texas

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Real Steel is a 2011 American science fiction sports film starring Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo and co-produced and directed by Shawn Levy for DreamWorks Pictures. The film is based on the short story “Steel”, written by Richard Matheson, which was originally published in the May 1956 edition of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and later adapted into a 1963 Twilight Zone episodeReal Steel was in development for several years before production began on June 24, 2010. Filming took place primarily in the U.S. state of MichiganAnimatronic robots were built for the film, and motion capture technology was used to depict the brawling of computer-generated robots and animatronics. (wiki)

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276 – Pain & Gain (2013)

spacetime coordinates: 1994 – 1995  Miami, FloridaPain-Gain-Official-UK-PosterPain & Gain is a 2013 American dark comedy crime film directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark WahlbergDwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie. The film reunites wrestlers Dwayne Johnson and Kurt Angle. The film is loosely based on a story Pete Collins published in a 1999 series of Miami New Times articles and compiled in the book Pain & Gain: This Is a True Story (2013), which details the kidnapping, extortion, torture, and murder of several victims by an organized group of criminals comprising bodybuilders affiliated with the Sun Gym. The film’s title is a play on the common adage, frequently used in fitness: “No pain, no gain“.

Comparisons between the film and actual events

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1980209/

https://film.avclub.com/with-pain-gain-michael-bay-tackled-the-big-dumb-ame-1798246007