'How did I end up in a place like this?'
The film opens with Thomson, listening to the chatter in his head, sitting in the lotus position in his underpants two feet off the ground. This 'head' chatter lets him escape into the world that is no longer his, the world of fantasy and celebrity.
Much of the film is set backstage, warts and all, and for a change no flash backs. Along comes Mike (Edward Norton), a last minute replacement for an injured player. He is a dedicated method actor and a power struggle begins between the two men.