A first look at The Fighter

Mark Wahlberg gets punchy, Christian Bale gets gaunt…

The first images have arrived for David O Russell's latest, The Fighter.

Originally developed by Darren Aronofsky and planned for Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg, the film's been through the wringer with financial and script worries and Damon dropping out with a possible Brad Pitt replacement never working out.

Aronofsky himself left the film in April, with Russell taking over for the tale of Boston boxer "Irish" Mickey Ward (Wahlberg) and his trainer/former fighter-turned-druggie Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale), plus Amy Adams as the woman Mickey falls for.

And it looks like Bale has gone with one of his typically tough approaches to the role, dropping the weight to look like someone who has been through years of drug abuse.

We're intrigued to see how David O Russell handles this one - and to discover if any stories emerged from the set between the notoriously argumentative director and the man still best known for his abusive freak-out on Terminator Salvation...

[Source: Collider]

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    • bogman2099

      Nov 12th 2009, 12:28

      as always bale looks intense but i think he is limiting himself, his next role should be a camp tranny who loves hugs kisses and pink bunny rabbitts:)this dark and "intense" roles are wearing thin not that im complaining:)

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    • Andy85

      Nov 12th 2009, 19:30

      I think Bale is showing another terrific example of dedication to a role and why he is a class actor, he looks terrific (in a worn out drug abused sort of way)and so what if he gets his hair off on set, with the amount of dedication, time and effort he puts into each roll he has the right to be upset every once in a while. Wharlburg also looks like he was made for this roll so it should be an interesting film as long as it is handled correctly.

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