‘The Fighter’ Looks Like A Contender With This New Trailer

Published 5 years ago by , Updated September 17th, 2010 at 9:25 am,

The Fighter trailer The Fighter Looks Like A Contender With This New Trailer

As the Oscar buzz heats up this Fall season, a new competitor enters the race. David O. Russell’s The Fighter finally has a trailer that proves it will be a triumphant drama.

Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale star in the boxing drama based on the true story of “Irish” Micky Ward. The film follows Ward and his half-brother/trainer Dickie (Bale) as they team up for an unbelievable journey, culminating in the world light welterweight boxing title. As Ward struggles with his family and career, Dickie battles his past of crime and drugs.

The film will immediately be compared to Rocky, for which the trailer draws unofficial comparison. While Rocky is the source for most boxing-related drama – deservedly so with its Oscar-winning background – this is truly its own story. The similarities are present, but let’s not forget Cinderella Man, which was equally as compelling and entertaining.

The first trailer for The Fighter proves the actors brought everything to the table. Wahlberg seems born to play a boxer and I look forward to his performance, even though many are skeptical of his ability to truly embrace drama. Amy Adams co-stars as Charlene, but we don’t see a lot of her in the trailer. The only of the three without an Academy Award nomination is arguably the best of the bunch – Christian Bale. Might this be his chance to finally get a nomination or even the Oscar itself? The trailer suggests a brilliant turn as the troubled Dickie.

Watch the trailer below and judge for yourself if the movie deserves the impending Oscar buzz. You’ll have to head over to Apple for this one:

Click here for official trailer for The Fighter

You may notice the boxing scenes look similar to televised boxing matches. Wahlberg helped reel in the camera operators for HBO Boxing to shoot all of the fighting scenes. It should definitely add to the Russell’s intentions to create a film as true-to-life as possible.

The director’s relationship with Wahlberg will also help the actor feel more comfortable in the role. Russell directed Wahlberg in Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees. From the trailer, he appears to have gotten the most out of the hit and miss actor.

The Fighter Christian Bale Mark Wahlberg The Fighter Looks Like A Contender With This New Trailer

Christian Bale has once again shed his Batman muscle for a role that stretches his acting ability. The character actor has never been afraid of dropping pounds for meaty roles – 63 pounds for The Machinist and a large amount for Rescue Dawn. The emaciated Bale looks frighteningly similar to his real-life counterpart, Dickie Eklund, and has been praised by those privy to an early glimpse of the film.

Everybody’s commitment to performances and the material within the film is evident in the trailer for The Fighter. As other films screen for critics and the buzz begins for their Oscar potential, The Fighter‘s first trailer already has us excited to see it in a couple of months.

The Fighter hits theaters December 10th, 2010.

Source: Apple

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  1. December is looking good for films!

  2. Looks fantastic which is shocking because as much as I love Bale I can’t stand Whalberg. His best film by far was The Departed, but I’m having trouble thinking of any other decent films he’s been in.

  3. Boogie nights and basketball diaries were good.

  4. oh… my… god… i wanna see this SO BADLY!!!!

  5. YES! I’ve been waiting for this trailer ever since I found out it was a boxing drama with Bale attached. Wahlberg is hit or miss as you said but his hits are pretty good IMO. Can’t wait for this film, looks great.

  6. This is my #1 most wanted movie now (thanks for the trailer)

    I’ve seen a great deal of boxing documentaries and boxers are always have the most amazing stories (Mickey Ward is no exception). These fighter stories are truly fascinating and I’ll take this over the story about how freaking facebook got started (sorry, don’t mean to go off subject but a story how some preppy suburban kid made billions is not nearly as interesting as this)

    Bale has gone Machinist again and looks like another amazing performance (not sure why ppl give him crap for his acting, the man is brilliant). Walhberg looks good but not great but I think that fits really well with Mickey Ward’s real life character.

    Anyone else waiting for Wahlberg to go “say hello to your mother for me”?

  7. This looks simply amazing, i bet the performances of both wahlberg and bale will be great! :)

  8. Why is every boxing movie about white people?

    • I guess “ALI” was about a white guy?

      • and Hurricane

        • You can’t really say Hurricane was about boxing and of course eventually there would be an Ali biography.

    • When we were kings – (doc) Ali
      Ali – Will Smith
      Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson – (doc)Jack Johnson
      Undisputed – Michael Jai White
      Undisputed 2 – Michael Jai White
      The Hurricane – Denzel Washington
      Resurrecting The Champ – Samuel Jackson

      not to mention numerous documentaries on italian and hispanic fighters

      now go away and take your prejudice somewhere else

    • Um, every boxing movie is about white people?

      Black Cloud
      Against the Ropes
      Resurrecting the Champ
      The Hurricane
      The Great White Hope
      Let’s Do It Again
      The Great White Hype


  9. I like this clip. Seriously, Mark Wahlberg is a pretty consisten entertainer. Except for the M. Night Shamalayan dog of a movie, I have enjoyed every other movie of his that I have seen, from Ransom, through Invincible, to Sniper & The Other Guys to Rockstar.

    I am not saying he is a master thespian, but he is good within his artistic range, like AC-DC.

  10. This is by far my favorite time of the year for movies. Summer movies are fun but I need a little more than fun.

  11. This movie looks amazing. I seen my friend Bo Cleary in the trailer, playing a cop who gets punched in the face! It really does look great. Christian Bale will most likely get nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

  12. I can’t wait for this movie to come out!! Oscar worthy for sure!