Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like the Funky Bunch! Get Ready to Rumble with New Still Images from The Fighter
11.21.10 by BJSprecher
Paramount has released a large selection of new still images from director David O. Russell's (Three Kings) new movie, The Fighter, a biographical sports movie based on the incredible true story of "Irish" Micky Ward (played by Mark Wahlberg), a welterweight fighter who rose from obscurity to take on such notable fighters as Arturo Gotti and Sugar Ray Leonard. The movie is several weeks away from being released, but it is already receiving Oscar buzz thanks to its "secret" screening at AFI Fest, with most of the kudos going to Christian Bale as Dicky Ecklund, Ward's half-brother and a former boxer-turned-crack addict who helps Ward train, and Melissa Leo, who plays Ward's domineering mother.
Wahlberg, who also produced The Fighter, was on hand for the AFI screening, and he was so pleased by the movie's reception that he made a rare reference back to his days as "Marky Mark."
I haven’t seen a crowd like this since I performed with the Funky Bunch! I had to do a lotta cheating and stealing and lying to get this movie made … If there’s anybody who doesn’t enjoy this movie, I’ll come to your house, I’ll cook, clean, move sh*t. Y’know, I did it to get the movie made, I’ll do it for anyone!