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 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".
  • 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.
  • What Could Have Been: Darren Aronofsky was originally attached to direct. He did remain on the film, serving as an executive producer. In a curious twist, David O. Russell wound up nominated for Best Director against Aronofsky (nominated for Black Swan) at the 2011 Academy Awards.
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