UNITED STATES: Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams, and Christian Bale go to the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood for the premiere of the movie “The Fighter”. The film is based on the life of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward and focuses on his return to boxing and winning the IBF Light Welterweight Championship after years away from the ring working as a street paver. Mark Wahlberg, who has known Micky Ward since he was a teenager, has been assigned to the film for over five years.
“The fight to get the movie made was very much like Micky’s fight to become the man that he needed to become,” said Wahlberg. “To do all of those things and to do the impossible and wind the title.”
Micky’s brother Dickie Eklund was a professional boxer who fought Sugar Ray Leonard in , but his career was derailed by drug abuse. The relationship of the brothers is one of the focal points of the film. Micky leaves his brother behind to train with inspiration from his then-girlfriend-now-wife Charlene, who is played by Amy Adams. Adams said she couldn’t wait to be a part of the film with once she knew of the cast.
“It was a lot about the relationship, but it also had a lot to do with not only the material. But it had a lot to do with David and Mark and Christian and Melissa,” explained Adams. “They were attached to the film and I have the utmost respect for them. I had only gotten twenty pages of the script when I said yes.”,
The movie is generating Oscar buzz as Christian Bale has won National Board of Review and Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association best supporting actor awards while Melissa Leo won the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association award for supporting actress in the film. “The Fighter” will be released in theatres across North America on Friday, December 10, 2010.-Reuters