The Fighter (2010)

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Amy Adams as: Charlene Fleming
Directed by: David O. Russell
Written by: Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy
Selected Cast: Melissa Leo, Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale
Release Date: December 17th, 2010 (wide)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
MPAA Rating: R

Life story of boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward and his trainer brother Dick Eklund, chronicling the brothers’ early days on the rough streets of Lowell, Massachusetts through Eklund’s battle with drugs and Ward’s eventual world championship in London.

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Amy’s Role

Adams plays Charlene Fleming, the love interest for Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg). Charlene attempts to convince Ward that his brother and Mother are responsible for holding Micky back.

When I got the role, David informed me that I looked like a girl who couldn’t punch which made me want to punch him. So I actually took just a couple boxing lessons and that was fun with Mark’s trainer who was fantastic and then we just did some fight choreography. I think it was about not being afraid of hurting anybody. That was my biggest concern. I didn’t want to hurt the girl that I was fighting with. I wasn’t afraid of getting hurt myself. When I was younger, my sister thought it was funny to pretend to punch me in the face because my mom was concerned about my teeth falling out. They were loose for a long time, and she knocked out my teeth. So I’ve always been a little afraid of fake punches. But it was fun. I had a good time.

Others on Amy

David Russell on Amy

“There are very few things that a director can have at his disposal better than an actress who’s dying to break type and is extremely motivated to break type. Amy was extremely motivated to play a sexy bitch and that’s who the character of Charlene is. … She said, ‘As long as it happens between action and cut, I’ll do anything.’ And I said, “That’s my kind of actress.’ I loved that she had that attitude.”

Character Quotes
“I had to read the whole fuckin’ movie!”
“Stop callin’ me an MTV girl… whatever that means.”
Alice Ward: Alice, this is Charlene.
Charlene Fleming: Hi.
Alice Ward: I’ve heard a lot about you.
Charlene Fleming: Really? I’ve heard a lot about you too.
Alice Ward: What’s that supposed to mean?
Charlene Fleming: Same thing you meant.

Trivia & Facts

• Matt Damon and Brad Pitt were previously attached to play Dick Eklund, but the role went to Christian Bale.

• The big fight filmed in Lowell at The Tsongas Arena had over 200 “dummies” (props – not people) in the audience to help fill up the stands.

• Won 2 Oscars (Melissa Leo and Christian Bale) and got another 5 nominations, including Best Supporting Actress to Amy Adams.


“Adams plays against type, proving her versatility beyond pert and perky.” – Claudia Puig, USA TODAY

“Amy Adams brings sexiness, humor and blunt truth to Charlene, the bartender who prods the man she loves to break from his family without seeing her as part of the problem. The scene in which Micky brokers his own truce with Charlene and Dickie is a highlight for the film and the actors. The Fighter, its heart full to bursting, is an emotional powerhouse that comes close to spilling over. No sweat. Like Micky, this is a warrior’s movie that rises to the bell.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone