I feel as if I’ve written a lot about Mark Wahlberg recently; unfortunately little of it has been good. Between The Happening and his comments on Max Payne and possible Departed sequels, he’s been an easy target. Guy’s just like a little mechanical duck. So this is a nice change of pace. The Fighter, his boxing biopic to be directed by Darren Aronofsky, should be shooting in October.
“I’ve been training for two years now. I’m ready,” Wahlberg told MTV. “I want to look like a champ, not a chump,” he said, while fingering a medallion featuring the head of M. Night Shyamalan.
The Fighter is about “Irish” Mickey Ward, a Lowell, MA fighter who (with his half-brother Dicky, to be played by Brad Pitt) found unexpected success in the ring.
“I want to do him proud. The guy did everything I wish I could have done. He came from nothing, went on to win the world title with all the odds stacked against him. Did it with his mother and his brother,” and statements like that might be the reason Google and Firefox don’t like us right now. Wahlberg says that Ward will be on set every day watching the actor work, so hey, no pressure.