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Oscar Watch: Adams, Bale, Wahlberg Promote The Fighter with Brio and Charm

by Sophia Savage
December 15, 2010 6:30 AM
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-The award season is in full flurry, with Golden Globes nominations Tuesday and SAG's own announcement Thursday. Among the stars on the promo circuit are the cast of underdog contender The Fighter.

- The effortlessly charming Amy Adams talks to TOH about The Fighter and her upcoming projects. NY Mag does a stock market check up on Adams's future. NY Mag credits Adams with having the most memorable punch in The Fighter (no small feat in a boxing movie), before pondering if she's "gone as far as she can" in Hollywood. Their investigation deems her career choices very respectable, but, as one talent agent puts it, "Annie [Hathaway] and Scarlett [Johansson] are always ahead of her, but she’s in the mix on everything else with Banks, Knightley, and McAdams … probably [Bryce Dallas] Howard, too." Buy, sell or hold? They conclude "if anyone can run the gauntlet that is female aging in Hollywood, Adams seems positioned to do so": Buy. Adams is also Marie Claire's cover girl (below). UPDATE: Here are David O. Russell, Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale on Charlie Rose December 15.

- Meanwhile, Adams' co-stars Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg sing together while promoting The Fighter on ABC News. Sadly, Bale says he does not want to do another musical (he'd rather sing PowerPuff Girls songs to his daughter), but we've included some musical numbers from his under-rated 1992 musical Newsies below, directed by Kenny Ortega (Bale pictured with Robert Duvall, who plays Joseph Pulitzer in the film).

- Cinemablend's Eric Eisenberg interviews the cast of The Fighter (Adams, Bale, Wahlberg, Melissa Leo and director David O. Russell). Herewith, a sampling of their jestful verbal sparring:

Bale: I think that [Dicky] was an absolute source of inspiration initially. And then I think he probably became an absolute confusion for his younger brother, because they’re – it’s an immensely loyal family and they’re immensely loyal brothers...this movie wouldn’t exist without that beautiful relationship between the two brothers.

Wahlberg: After three and a half years, I felt confident enough to go in there and be believable as a boxer who could possibly win the welterweight title. And you know, had somebody said, 'Hey, you’ve got to train four and a half years to make this movie,' I would have said, 'Absolutely not.' But the fact that I was just continuing to do it and never wanted to stop because I figured if I stopped and I would be giving up on the movie, and I never wanted to do that. So for me it was well worth putting in the work.

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Adams: Well, 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.

Russell: Amy has that fierceness in her, but Amy also brings a great deal of emotion in her eyes, so you have that great cocktail that I find so interesting, of the two.

- TOH talks to Relativity chief Ryan Kavanaugh, one of the The Fighter's many proud fathers.

Bale and Wahlberg Sing:

Bale in Newsies - "The World Will Know"

Newsies - "Seize the Day"

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