Earlier this week we had the chance to attend the Los Angeles premiere of director David O. Russell’s new film The Fighter; starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams.
We caught up with a number of the actors and filmmakers that helped bring the true-life story of Micky Ward to the big screen.
In case you haven’t been following The Fighter, here’s the synopsis for the film:
The Fighter, is a drama about boxer “Irish” Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale), a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being KO’d by drugs and crime.
The film is the inspirational, true story of these two brothers who, against all the odds, come together to train for a historic title bout that will unite their fractured family, redeem their pasts and, at last, give their hard-luck town what it’s been waiting for: pride.
The Fighter is enjoying an overwhelmingly positive critical response — take a look at our own Kofi Outlaw’s review of The Fighter.
We had a chance to speak with producer Dorothy Aufiero, and writers Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson about the creation of the film, Walhberg’s crucial role in the movie’s creation, and how providence brought them Christian Bale.
Christian Bale’s performance as Dicky Eklund is generally lauded as the stand out, and is garnering consistent critical praise. He recently won the Best Supporting Actor prize with the National Board Of Review Of Motion Pictures; and the attention he is receiving is generating early Oscar buzz.
Bale’s co-stars (the women who play the Eklund and Ward sisters in the film) give us an inside look at the actor’s process, and illustrate the lengths Bale is willing to go in order to find and maintain the integrity of his characters.
As they tell us — they have never met “the real Christian Bale,” only Dicky Eklund, who he was playing.
Mark Wahlberg, a devoted Mikey Ward fan, championed the film from its onset, and trained for four years in order to effectively portray his boxing hero. Anthony Thomas, an original member of Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch, served as Wahlberg’s trainer for the film and gives us a snapshot as to what it’s like to bob and weave with a man intent on realistically portraying a professional, champion boxer.
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The Fighter opens today.