October 21, 2016
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Mark Wahlberg Trains For and Helps To Cast “The Fighter”

By Scott Feinberg

hollywoodnews.com: I just stumbled upon several YouTube clips that feature Mark Wahlberg – the Oscar-nominated actor (‘The Departed’) and TV producer (‘Entourage’ and ‘In Treatment’) – during various stages of his preparation to play boxing great ‘Irish’ Micky Ward (1965-) in David O. Russell‘s ‘The Fighter’ (Paramount, 12/10), the 2010 film that I’m most excited about.

Wahlberg, who is also a producer on the film, regarded Ward as a one of his childhood heroes, and seems born to play the part – both men came out of rough neighborhoods in Boston, overcame personal problems, and went on to achieve international fame. Wahlberg, who will appear in a much lighter role this summer opposite Will Ferrell in ‘The Other Guys’ (Columbia, 8/6), was also recently the subject of an admiring New York Times profile . I really think that this might be his year.

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