Nicolas Cage has confirmed he quit THE WRESTLER because he didn't think he'd have time to get into steroid-pumping shape.
The role that sparked a major comeback for Mickey Rourke initially belonged to Cage, but the Con Air star resigned from the project - because he didn't think he'd make a believable Randy 'The Ram' Robinson.
Cage tells TV news show Access Hollywood, "I resigned from the movie because I didnt think I had enough time to achieve the look of the wrestler who was on steroids, which I would never do."
And the actor reveals he asked for Rourke's blessing when the film role came to him - because it was written for the Angel Heart star.
Cage adds, "For whatever reason, they couldnt get the financing for the movie back then."