The Fighter (2010)
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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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.
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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.
• 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