Mark Wahlberg is set to star in a new film, in which he will also produce, titled The Fighter. Wahlberg will play the boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward, a real-life boxer from Lowel, Massachusetts. He reportedly has been training for this role for three years, and wants this film to be “the most realistic boxing ever in a film”.
Where will it compare to other well-received boxing films?
Looking back at previous boxing films, one might say that Wahlberg has a daunting task ahead of him, if he seriously wants to make the most realistic boxing film ever made. Especially when you look at the list of other successful boxing films such as Rocky, Million Dollar Baby, Cinderella Man, The Hurricane, Ali, and Raging Bull. De Niro’s role as “Jake La Matta” in Raging Bull is generally considered the standard for realism in boxing films, as boxing experts have analyzed his style and movement in the film, and claimed it was as realistic as anyone could ever get. Robert De Niro did win an Oscar for Best Actor for his role in this film.
Wahlberg came into the public scene originally through his early association with music. An original member of New Kids on The Block (with brother Donnie Wahlberg), Mark left the group and started his own rap band, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, on the wave of trending white rappers in the late ’80s and early ’90s, with other acts such as Vanilla Ice.
In the early 90’s however, Wahlberg ditched the music game and began appearing in supporting roles in many popular mainstream films. Most claim his leading role in Boogie Nights in 1997 as his first major crossover film, defining him as an able and versatile actor. Wahlberg would go on to star in other popular films such as Three Kings, The Perfect Storm, and The Departed (in which he received a Best Supporting Actor Nomination from the Academy).
Who is “Irish” Mickey Ward?
“Irish” Micky Ward (born October 4, 1965) is a retired junior welterweight professional boxer from Lowell, Massachusetts.
A local hero in Massachusetts, Ward has gained fame for being dubbed a “working class hero”, achieving his fame and success through hard work, and dedication. The Irish punk group “Dropkick Murphys” even wrote a song in honor of Ward, titled “The Warrior’s Code”.
Ward has been in 51 boxing matches throughout his career, and has a record of 38 wins (28 by knock-out), and 13 losses. Even before turning pro, Mickey Ward had won 3 New England Golden Glove titles.
Who else is set to star in this upcoming film?
Christian Bale (of American Psycho, Batman Begins, and The Dark Knight fame) has officially signed on to play “Dick Ecklund”, Mickey Ward’s brother, and fellow boxer.
Amy Adams (of Doubt and Julia and Julia fame) has also signed on to play Mickey Ward’s love interest in the film.
Another exciting thing to note on the new film, is the choice in director. David O. Russell has signed on as director, and as you may know, he has worked previously with Wahlberg in such films as Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees. Russell’s style of quirky story-telling and clever dialogue could make this film very interesting, and the director and Wahlberg do have a definite chemistry together.
“The Fighter” on IMDB.com
“The Fighter” on Wikipedia
Mickey Ward on Wikipedia