First Photos and Behind-the-Scenes Videos from The Fighter
by Alex Billington
September 22, 2009
Well this was unexpected. SlashFilm has discovered a big batch of behind-the-scenes photos and videos on IAmRogue.com for David O. Russell's film The Fighter starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. We've written about this project quite a time, mainly when it was to be directed by Darren Aronofsky a few years back, but now Russell has taken over and actually started shooting. Wahlberg and Bale can be seen in a few photos from the set, including the one above and the one at the very bottom (in the boxing ring), and more on the site. There's also a great on-set video below with Wahlberg talking about playing boxer Mickey Ward.
The Fighter follows the true story of Mickey Ward (Wahlberg) and how he went on to win the lightweight championship with the help of his half-brother Dicky (Bale). Eklund once fought Sugar Ray Leonard and nearly went the distance against the boxing legend before forfeiting his career to drugs and crime. He redeemed himself by training Ward through his Rocky-like run to the title. There's a lot of great footage in the videos and some great photos on the Rogue site, so check them out. Bale looks like he lost a lot of weight (check out this photo) for the role and Wahlberg just looks awesome. No release date has been set just yet.