Just Jared has shots of a beat-down Christian Bale as Dickie Ecklund, an ex-con on the skids whose younger brother Mickey Ward (Mark Walberg) gets him off drugs and back into the welterweight boxing ring in The Fighter. Originally meant to star Brad Pitt, Matt Damon trained for the role before it ended up in Bale’s hands. Likewise, Darren Aronfsky has passed the director’s reins to David O. Russell. Also starring Amy Adams and Melissa Leo, the film is based on Keith Dorrington’s 2001 documentary about the fall and rise of Dick Eklund.
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