David O. Russell’s The Fighter Trailer Starring Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg

It’s been quite a while since director David O. Russell actually completed a movie. His last film was 2004’s I Heart Huckabees, and for years he was struggling to finish a political comedy called Nailed, but after all kinds of production delays, financial problems and conflicts with actors, he was finally forced to throw in the towel. Fortunately, he then climbed on board The Fighter, a project that was initially intended for Darren Aronofsky, and it looks like this has the potential to re-establish his reputation as a brilliant filmmaker rather than just a loose cannon.

The movie stars Mark Wahlberg as “Irish” Micky Ward, a real boxer from the 1980s who is regarded as a working class hero in Massachusetts. Christian Bale stars as his half-brother Dickie Eklund, a former pro fighter who became his trainer, while Amy Adams plays his wife Charlene. This has all the elements necessary to become another solid entry in a long line of great boxing movies, and it’s nice to see Mark Wahlberg back in a well cast role that reminds us he can actually act. While it would have been interesting to see what Aronofsky would have done with it, I’m not complaining one bit. The Fighter hits theatres on December 10th; check out the trailer after the jump.



  • I am in LOVEEEEE with Mark Wahlberg… have been ever since I first saw Boogie Nights and always will be. This movie looks fucking awesome. I mean David O. Russell really knows how to pull an amazing performance from Wahlberg, I am so very excited. This movie has instantly jumped into my top 5 most anticipated movies of the fall along with The Social Network, Tron, Wall Street, and of course… Jackass 3D. :D (oh and btw Christian Bale has never looked more hideous in a movie xD)

  • I bet this is going to be a good film. its about time Mark Wahlberg found another good role. He might get best film of the year or at least get nominated many times

  • kyri

    Obviously “sophisticated hot chick” named “Tammy Cramlett” is a DUDE. That poor girl who had her facebook profile picture stolen by this perv is probably watching Gilmore Girls right now, not reading film-junk.

    You magnetize a lot of spammers lately guys.
    The prize of success I guess..

  • Henrik

    “While it would have been interesting to see what Aronofsky would have done with it”

    Hey man, no shit. The Wrestler was jawdropping, and this looks like a piece of hollywood garbage. To be fair, the trailer for The Wrestler is pretty bad as well, but this is on par with that Hilary Swank movie.

  • Sam

    Looks good, and Christian Bale is rocking the Boston accent…

  • I have to admit it reminds me more of Ron Howard’s Cinderella Man than The Wrestler, but it also has an obvious Rocky feel and I think that’s a good thing.

  • I’ll say it; bet O. Russell didn’t call anyone any names on that set!

  • For a minute I thought this was The Warrior, and I was sitting here wondering when Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte were going to show up. I blame lack of sleep.

  • @kyri: Hey, I was just re-watching Gilmore Girls the other night. It has nice dialog.

  • Bryan

    This looks amazing. I am possibly more excited about this film than The Social Network. I can see Oscar nods for all major players including O. Russell.

    Side note: Bale is looking very Machinist-esque. Last time he lost that much weight, he bulked up for Batman Begins. Maybe he is doing the same thing again for the third Batman movie?

  • kyri

    While re-reading a Pottery Barn magazine as well? Jesus Christ man. All those Cantankerous episodes..

    What a waste..

  • I am not a fan of boxing the sport, but I do like boxing movies. Not sure what that says about me.

    At any rate, I think Wahlberg can be great with the right role/director and I’ll see Christian Bale in just about anything.

    Thanks for the tip on this!

  • Phil

    Looks nice, I’ll be there for sure

  • Niklas

    i was bored watching this trailer

  • Kent

    Shows way too much and looks a bit Ron Howard-ish Oscar-baity, but hopefully the trailer is a bit misleading of the actual film.

    That said, I can tell Christian Bale will be good in this film. Maybe his first Oscar nod?

  • Maopheus

    Don’t know if I buy Amy Adams as a working-class girl, but I think she’s trying to step outside of her usual range. Why can’t Bale ever do a role where he gets fat? Maybe he’s not able to, ala Robert DeNiro. I also don’t know why Bale would get so skinny for a role that is second billing to Mark Wahlberg. Seems a little excessive. Looks good. I’d heard about this movie in a strange way. Wahlberg was doing a show on the Golf Channel called Golf Lessons With The Pros and he was playing with Fred Couples. He was talking about preparing for this movie. The show is well over a year old, so I wasn’t too sure that it was actually going to get made.

  • Steve

    @Maopheus, I suppose you never saw Sunshine Cleaning?

    Overall, I think this film is something to look forward to. I know I’ll cop a lot of fanboy flak for this, but bar TDK, Christian Bale has been disappointing in his recent films. He was operating on ‘growl’ setting for the past several years, hell he even played John Connor as Bruce Wayne. But he looks genuinely impressive in this, testing supporting character territory, maybe even a downright loser, I’d like to see what he can do.