Trivia / The Fighter

  • Cast the Expert: Richard Farrell, who plays one of the HBO camera men, is actually a director and news camera man himself. So he's essentially playing himself.
  • Disowned Adaptation:
    • The real Dicky Ecklund hated the portrayal of his mother and sisters in the film, one of the sisters walking out of a screening in protest.
    • According to Amy Adams, the real Charlene disliked the skimpy outfits she wore - as she did not dress that way in real life. She also didn't like being depicted as getting into a Cat Fight.
    • The real Micky on the other hand gave Mark Wahlberg the Approval of God.
  • Doing It for the Art: Both Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale worked for lower rates than usual, Wahlberg in particular waiving his own salary and taking no upfront fee for the film.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Christian Bale lost thirty pounds to play the crack addicted Dicky. Mark Wahlberg also trained for four years to be ready when the film eventually got made.
  • Fake American: Christian Bale as Dicky.
  • Method Acting: In true Christian Bale tradition, he stayed in character even when the cameras weren't running. This extended to Melissa Leo too.
  • Playing Against Type: Amy Adams is known for playing sweet-natured, playful, and at times quite glamorous heroines. Cue this film, where she's suddenly playing a tough broad who's filled with sass and not afraid to get into brawls herself. David O. Russell himself indicated that this was his whole intent behind casting Amy: to show her as most definitely "NOT a princess".
  • Playing Gertrude: Melissa Leo is only eleven years older than Mark Wahlberg and fourteen years than Christian Bale. What's more is that the age difference between the brothers is seven years, whereas Mark Wahlberg is four years older than Christian Bale.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • The man who rushes into the bar to say that Dicky is getting attacked by the police is Sean Eckland, Dicky's nephew in real life.
    • A cop who jokingly arrests the real Dicky at the end is played by the son of the officer who originally arrested him in real life.
  • Troubled Production: Amazingly averted. This only bears mention due to Christian Bale's bad temper and David O. Russell's infamous anger issues and attempts at violence.
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