Set to hit theaters in just a few weeks, we now have our first clip from David O. Russell's "The Fighter," a film that may end up factoring into this year's Oscar race.
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams, the film is based on the true story of boxer ‘Irish’ Mickey Ward (Wahlberg) and his half-brother and trainer Dickie Ecklund (Bale). Early response from critics has been good, though not overwhelmingly strong, though most agree the performances are ace with some predicting acting nods for Amy Adams, Christian Bale and possible Melissa Leo (though some say her performance veers into camp at times). In the clip below, we see Mickey Ward pleading with those around him get along as he gets in shape for a match. Boston accents are thick and thrown around hard. We're digging the verité style and climactic fight is said to be one of the film's highlights.
"The Fighter" gets in the ring on December 10th.