Rotten Tomatoes – Much like her wayward Disney princess in Enchanted, it’s pretty damn impossible not to like Amy Adams immediately upon meeting her. But in David O. Russell’s heavy-hitting drama The Fighter, Adams has to play hard and more than a little rough as Charlene, boxer Mickey Ward’s (Mark Wahlberg) girlfriend and scorn of his pugilistic clan — including his volatile older brother, Dicky Edlund (Christian Bale).
“I have so much affection for David [O. Russell],” Adams says of her sometimes-notorious director, who sought her for the role. “I’m so appreciative that he met me and he was able to see Charlene. So many times in the past a director’s been like, “Can you play tough?”, and I can’t really answer that, because if I answer politely then they’re gonna think I’m not tough, and if I answer like, “Hell yeah I can play tough!”, it doesn’t really work. David got it.”
Playing tough meant Adams was well-matched against her co-stars, who’re being touted as Oscar contenders this awards season. “What’s great about this is that, in playing Charlene, I was as tough as they were; so I was able to come to set and really feel like I was toe-to-toe, just because she’s so ballsy. I’m definitely the scrappiest,” she laughs.
More intimidating? Picking your all-time five favorite films. “It’s so hard to break it down to five,” Adams says. “For different reasons, I love all of the movies I’m about to mention.”