Based on the true story of boxing champ "Irish" Micky Ward, the welterweight who fought his way to an unlikely world championship, "The Fighter" is a highly acclaimed drama starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams that's already generating Oscar buzz.
A passion project and labour of love for Mark Wahlberg, the star and producer of the film started preparing for his role as Micky five years ago when he learnt that he would be starring in the movie alongside Matt Damon for director Darren Aronofsky. Wahlberg built a boxing ring in his backyard, hired two trainers on his own dime, and trained hours each day to hone his skills. Wahlberg never stopped training, not when Damon dropped out and Brad Pitt came in, not when Aronofsky dropped out, Pitt left, and the project was nearly knocked out. He helped rework the picture from a $50M studio film into a $20M indie and roped in co-star Christian Bale who lost 30 pounds to play Micky's half-brother crack addict Dicky Eklund.
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