He grew up in the borough's Manhattan Beach neighborhood, where he was "raised culturally Jewish, but there was very little spiritual attendance in temple.It was a cultural thing—celebrating the holidays, knowing where you came from, knowing your history, having respect for what your people have been through." Aronofsky's interest in the outdoors led him to backpack his way through Europe and the Middle East.Aronofsky said that Cage pulled out of the movie because Aronofsky wanted Rourke to star; Aronofsky said, stating that Cage was "a complete gentleman, and he understood that my heart was with Mickey and he stepped aside.I have so much respect for Nic Cage as an actor and I think it really could have worked with Nic but, you know, Nic was incredibly supportive of Mickey and he is old friends with Mickey and really wanted to help with this opportunity, so he pulled himself out of the race." Cage responded, "I wasn't quote 'dropped' from the movie.
Darren Aronofsky (born February 12, 1969) is an American filmmaker.
and New Regency, which had filled the gap after Village Roadshow withdrew.
The following month Cage left the project, and Mickey Rourke replaced him in the lead role.
The film garnered strong reviews and received an Academy Award nomination for Ellen Burstyn's performance.
The film also generated considerable controversy due to the graphic nature of several scenes, and was eventually released unrated.