Mark Wahlberg Gives ‘The Fighter 2′ Update

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David O. Russell’s multiple Oscar-nominated film (and winner for the performances of Christian Bale and Melissa Leo) The Fighter was released on DVD/Blu-ray yesterday. The home video release also provided star Mark Wahlberg with the opportunity to reflect back on his experience making the film – and talk more about his hopes for The Fighter 2.

Wahlberg has discussed the possibility of a Fighter sequel before and now says that he’s not only actively pushing for the project to happen, but he’s already working out and keeping fit for when it does.

Real-life boxer Micky Ward’s (Wahlberg) career flourished for several years following the events of The Fighter, as is mentioned during the film’s epilogue. The true highlight of his career is generally considered not to be his winning of the welterweight title, but rather his three battles in the ring with Arturo Gatti from 2002 to 2003 – a vicious series of confrontations that cemented Ward’s legacy and netted him some serious coinage, to boot.

Wahlberg touches on numerous Fighter-related topics during a recent discussion with Entertainment Weekly and had the following to offer, with regards to a sequel:

“I weigh about 185. But it’s still solid. Ready to throw down. I got bit by the bug, and now I’m trying to plant the idea in everyone’s head that we should do — not five or six Fighters like Rocky — but one more because the big thing that Micky Ward was famous for was his three epic battles with Arturo Gatti. So we’re talking about possibly taking one more run at it.”

The actor also mentioned that the actual Micky Ward and his half-sibling Dicky Eklund (who was portrayed by Bale in The Fighter) are “both thrilled by the possibility.

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The Fighter was as much Eklund’s story as it was Ward’s tale – so there’s not only ample real-life material to be explored in a sequel, but the second film could also focus more directly on Ward’s psychological and physical battle of wills with both Gatti and his own personal demons.

David O. Russell has recently been connected to numerous projects, though his proposed re-teaming with Wahlberg for Cocaine Cowboys looks less likely now that Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay are moving forward with their HBO series based off the same concept. Russell and Wahlberg remain set to work together on an Uncharted adaptation in the future, and seem to have established a solid working relationship as well. So their rejoining of forces for another Fighter pic is certainly feasible.

We’ll keep you posted on the status of The Fighter 2 in the future.

Source: EW

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  1. Just saw the Fighter and that movie would’ve been pretty damn average if it wasn’t for Bale. Everyone was okay but not great. Bale pretty much carried the movie. So I think success of Fighter 2 depends on Bale returning.

    Also, not a fan of them recreating the Gotti/Ward fights. The boxing scenes were okay in The Fighter but felt really off. Wahlberg needs to work on his boxing A LOT. I go to a boxing gym and we spar every day harder then the fight scenes in the film. And Gotti/Ward trilogy are some of the most violent boxing fights in history. Hope they can do it justice.

    • lol its gatti not gotti, lol if u went 2 a boxing gym everyday u wuld kno that

  2. I stil don not see how they can pull off a sequel to this..

  3. This was a movie not a franchise with a trilogy. the story is over

    • Well…apparently NOT!

  4. great movie but a sequel would be stupid.

  5. Im not sold on the sequel either, but if it comes out, ill give it a shot. I thought the fighter was great.

    OGB – I do MMA, and a lot of what we do in class is boxing, esp when we spar. I did notice some lacking but its a movie and you have to know that they cant just show how the whole fight played out. I didnt think the boxing scenes were terrible.

    • Kenx

      I do MMA too and love boxing. The uppercuts in the movie looked especially suspicious. But you’re right, the scenes weren’t terrible. I guess I was expecting more because I read an interview with Wahlberg bragging about how they did “real boxing” instead of Rocky style boxing.

  6. The Fighter was one of my favorite movies of the last year, a sequel would be nice, but a little unneeded.

  7. If it was just a movie, I’d say a sequel is a TERRIBLE idea… but it’s not.

    I was actually very surprised that they didn’t show any of the Gatti fights; they were epic battles, and no Micky Ward story is complete without them.

  8. I am not particularly a fan of sequels , but “The Fighter”almost demands a sequel. Though I was familiar with the overall story of Micky Ward and Dick Eklund, I was not aware that the film does not reach the time of the three great fights with Arturo Gatti.
    The characters are so rich, that I’m sure there is a lot more story that can produced and with the background of the Ward vs Gatti fights, it’s an almost certain winner. This story deserves a second round.

  9. I actually cannot wait for a part 2. If any of you guys read his book Irish thunder I think there’s enough interesting things that were going on before,during,and after the trilogy that merit another film. This guy is a inspiration in a world of people that don’t want to work for anything anymore. I will count down the days when I find out if it’s gonna happen or not