Both producers said it was easy to envision the real-life boxer Ward, but they polished it with some personal touches."Mark was Micky from the beginning," Liebermann said, "but aside from the look, we had some old home movies with Micky and the family" that helped.Turning heads in the opposite direction is Bale, once again frail and singed around the edges for his art."He transformed himself for this role; he lost about 30 pounds," Hoberman said of Bale, "and this was a pretty short shoot.
The emotional makeover for Adams an actress whose very career is rooted in a cloud of G-Rated dreams, finally going for the Hard R."Fortunately for us, Amy wanted to change her image," Lieberman said, "and this role is a really tough role. She's got an F-bomb every other word, has a rough fight with another girl."She's so bubbly," said Hoberman, "but there's also a much realer, more street-savvy person in Amy herself.With "The Fighter" opening Dec.10, the producing team has a laundry list of big-name projects in the works.
Wahlberg plays “Irish” Mickey Ward, real-life boxing star who rose to prominence both because and in spite of his brother Dickie Eklund, played here by Bale. Oscar buzz is already surrounding this film, and looking at the trailer, I can see why. I, like many others, find it hard to believe that there is apparently no Arturo Gatti in this movie, but when you learn more about the Ward story, it’s easy to see how Hollywood could pull it off.