The Fighter is a wonderful movie, with a core set of impressive performances by Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Amy Adams and the quiet Mark Wahlberg. But one of the most memorable aspects of the film is the cadre of shrill, nattering and high-haired women who are sisters to Mickey Ward (Wahlberg) and Dicky Eklund (Bale). In a handful of scenes, the women make quite an impression as they provide some antagonistic energy towards Amy Adams’ character, and support the efforts of their mother (Leo). If The Fighter had been written by Sophocles, the sisters would be the chorus.

But who are they? Some of the magic of the characters is that, in the midst of a very recognizable trio of leads (and Melissa Leo, who is probably not as immediately recognizable to many audiences) the actresses playing the sisters are enigmas. Some of them seem like they could have been plucked off the streets of Lowell, MA, where the film was shot. Indeed, some of them were, but one of them had previous experience acting opposite Harvey Keitel in Bad Lieutenant, and another is the sister of Conan O’Brien. Read More »