Posted on Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 by Russ Fischer
I know, we just posted a second trailer for David O. Russell‘s The Fighter less than twenty-four hours ago. But a third one has shown up and it is quite a bit different than the other two. Not so much in the sense that there is a lot of new footage, but it is cut in a wildly different style. The first trailer was a pretty straight shot down the middle for a mainstream audience and the second a far more moody view of the story. This third trailer is a much more pounding, fight-oriented look at the film. It is my fave of the three; check it out after the break.
IGN has the new clip, which focuses on the physical training of “Irish” Mickey Ward, played by Mark Wahlberg. Christian Bale‘s character, Ward’s brother Dickie Eklund, also figures heavily into this edit. There’s a lot less of the other drama that you’ll see in the film, but what better way to sell a movie called The Fighter to an audience that is looking for guys ready to fight? And since Mark Wahlberg trained for a couple straight years to stay in shape for this film — it took a while to come together — why not show off his work?
Official Plot Synopsis: Dicky Ecklund (CHRISTIAN BALE) is a former boxing legend that squandered his talents and threw away his shot at greatness. Micky Ward (MARK WAHLBERG), his half brother, is the struggling journeyman boxer who spent his life living in his big brother’s shadow.
The Fighter is the inspirational, true story of these two brothers who, against all the odds, come together to train for a historic title bout that will unite their fractured family, redeem their pasts and, at last, give their hard-luck town what it’s been waiting for: pride. The story unfolds on the gritty, blue-collar streets of Lowell, Mass, where Dicky was once known as “The Pride of Lowell” having gone the distance with the world champion Sugar Ray Leonard. However, after losing that fight, like the town of Lowell, Dicky’s fallen on hard times. His boxing days are behind him and his life has become shattered by drug abuse.
Younger brother Micky, meanwhile, has become the family’s fighter and fading hope for a champion. But despite all of his work, Micky’s career is failing and he loses fight after punishing fight. Dicky and Micky’s tougher-than-nails mother, Alice (MELISSA LEO),manages his career and Dicky serves as his highly unreliable trainer. When Micky’s latest fight nearly kills him, it looks like it could all be over – until his iron-willed new girlfriend, Charlene (AMY ADAMS), convinces him to do the unthinkable: split with his family, pursue his own interests and train without his increasingly volatile and criminal brother.
Now Micky has the chance of a lifetime as he earns a shot at the World Championship. But when his brother and dysfunctional family reenter his life, they must all reconcile their
pasts and become more than just a family in name. With Micky and Dicky reunited, this becomes more than just a fight – it’s an all-out comeback for these brothers, their family, and their city. When it’s over, Micky will have become a World Champion, a Hall of Fame legend, and the new “Pride of Lowell”. The Fighter is a moving and often humorous drama about fighting for the people you love.
The Fighter will be released in a limited run on December 10th 2010 before opening nationwide on December 17th 2010.