With sad news and much regret, we mourn the passing of the true American tortured soul that was the real raging bull. Yes, Jake LaMotta has passed, leaving with him his famous boxing career but the probably more impactful legacy of being the inspiration for the true life story of the boxer best known as the Raging Bull, so famously portrayed in the movie of the same name.
LaMotta was famous for being a brute in the ring and proudly proclaiming the fact that he couldn’t be knocked down. And while that was important, his relevance in my own life is a little more personal.
Jake forever will be the remnants of my own bullish youth and misogyny, characterized by a distinctly masochistic distrust of women and all things sincere.
Having cut my film-literate teeth on the film I find myself a little sad at his passing, because for what it’s worth, Jake seemed to have seen himself for what he was and found peace with his own troubled past.
It’s telling that he famously supported DeNiro in his ruthless depiction of the boxer, helping the thespian train for the role as well as promote the film.
And while most will watch the film and remember LaMotta fondly, he seemed to cherish his own role and inspiration behind what is the most torturous of depictions of toxic masculinity.
Wherever he goes in the next life may he find peace and serenity in a world devoid of hidden egos and proud selfishness.
God rest your soul Raging Bull because we all are rooting for you this time…