Updated: Mon, 26 Aug 2013 15:45:00 GMT | By Daniel Bettridge
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Pam / Cassidy (Marisa Tomei) - The Wrestler (2008)



Pam Cassidy Marisa Tomei - The Wrestler 2008 (© Rex Features)
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It took something special to stand toe-to-toe with the glorious Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler. But Marisa Tomei was more than up for the task, landing a full-deserved Oscar nod for her performance as a New Jersey stripper who like Rourke’s titular grappler is getting a little too old to wear tights to work. It wasn’t the most flattering reflection of the world of bared flesh, but in that regard it fit in perfectly with the stripped back tone of Darren Aronofsky’s modern-day masterpiece.

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