Conspicuous trailer of the week: The Fighter

Well, well, well, when it rains it pours I guess. Within hours of each other, the trailers of two of my highly anticipated movies–which opens on the same day on December 10–are released! You’ve probably see The Tourist by now, and now check out this intense boxing drama The Fighter starring Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg:

Back last September, I posted a photo of a skinny Christian Bale on the set of the movie. In this David O. Russell movie, Mark Wahlberg plays the boxer “Irish” Micky Ward and Bale plays his half-brother Dicky Eklund, Ward’s sometime trainer and small-time criminal. It’s a real life ‘Rocky’ story that makes it all the more heart-wrenching. Eklund was featured in the 1995 documentary High on Crack Street and has battled drug addiction for years, hence Bale’s crackhead, balding look.

Now, check out this stark teaser poster. What is wrong with this picture??

Now, before you start analyzing the ‘look’ of the poster, which is meh I agree, but what I’m trying to get at is WHY in the world is Bale the ONLY one without Academy Award Nominee on top of it?! The only thing it would be ok is if it’s got ‘Winner’ instead of ‘Nominee’ as he surely deserved at least a couple for his past work!

Bale the shape shifter

I’ve said before that he’s sort of been playing second fiddle to his co-stars in a lot of movies, and technically he is in this one as Wahlberg got the title role. But second banana no more! Looks like he’ll be the one stealing scenes in this movie. Not knocking Wahlberg as he looks good here, too, I mean this is the type of roles that suits him, intense and brooding, and of course he gets to show off that Calvin Klein buff torso of his. But Bale’s character is the one that grabs me, and talk about a chameleon, WOW! He’s no stranger to altering his look and yo-yoing with his weight drastically, but I’m still amazed by his skin and bones look! Hard to fathom he is Bruce Wayne!! And within a year or so he will once again be the caped crusader, which means he’d have to gain weight all over again. But look altering per se doesn’t make a good actor, but pair that with his formidable acting chops, it’s a force to be reckoned with. I do hope that dedication won’t go unnoticed and that he’ll FINALLY get his dues come award season!

Besides Amy Adams, another Oscar nominee Melissa River (for Frozen River) rounds up the cast. Just a bit of trivia courtesy of IMDb, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt were once attached for this film with Darren Aronofsky to direct, not long after Aronofsky directed the highly-acclaimed The Wrestler. I don’t know about you, but I think I prefer this cast.

The Fighter will open in limited release on December 10th 2010 before opening nationwide a week later. I’m usually not a boxing movie fan, I’m not too good dealing with all that blood, but I’ll make an exception for this one.

So, what say you? Are you excited for this film?

29 thoughts on “Conspicuous trailer of the week: The Fighter

  1. Ted S.

    I’ll probably go check it out, looks like Bale loss a ton of weight to get in that role again. Of course he’ll bulk up again for the third Batman flick. I don’t know how he does it.

  2. Ahahahahaha so funny (in a sad way) that Mark Wahlberg has an Oscar nomination and Bale doesn’t. I definitely hope that he gets his much deserved Oscar nomination this time around. Dude is well overdue 🙂 I’m highly looking forward to this film as you know.

    1. I know it’s sad Castor… I know Bale has said that all he cared about is the work, but man I’m sure he’s feelin’ it. He gets passed over so much it’s ludicrous. Sometimes the Academy voters doesn’t know what good acting is if it hits them in the head!

  3. Vince

    Bale is what will make this one worthwhile good or bad. You are right about the poster. They will have to unhide that illustrator layer that says Academy Award Winner above Bale’s name come Oscar time. It’s there…

  4. Looking forward to this. Russell is a director who likes to give us something a little different. Although the trailer seems to give away the entire film’s plot in 2mins it does look like a gritty, satisfying sports movie with some top performances.

    1. That’s exactly what I thought too, but a lot of trailers have been making that mistake lately. It’s like they don’t understand this is meant to be a ‘teaser,’ not a summary!!

    1. I see your point Ripley, and this one probably is no exception of being an Oscar bait. Can’t say about the movie yet, but I know for Bale, he’s proven himself time and again he’s award-worthy.

  5. I’m also always shocked that Bale didn’t get an Oscar not to mention at least a nomination for MACHINIST. It was a mediocre film which didn’t deserve his outstanding performance, but the performance itself was mind-blowing.

    But then again Ewan McGregor, Toni Collette, Jude Law, Patrick Wilson … never got an Oscar either …. not to mention that even Blanchett got it for one of her most insignificant roles while they didn’t award any of her stunning masterpieces. And Kate Winslet waited for decades also watching some talentless characters like Halle Berry, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Helen Hunt, Hilary Swank parade of with the golden statue 😦 😦

    1. Yep, that’s the big one. I know that there’s a certain degree of politics going on with who’s getting nominated and stuff, and I don’t think Bale is one of those who knows (or want to) schmooze with the powers that be. At the same time, it’s getting silly sometimes to see who gets snubbed.

      Patrick Wilson and Toni Collette are underrated I agree. I remember watching Emma and I kept thinking what is the fuss about Gwyneth, the real talent is Toni!

  6. I’ll definitely watch this. Bale is the number one reason 🙂

    I agree with what everyone is saying here. The academy sometimes a bit out of place…maybe they have different criteria for great act than most of us here.

    1. Well, at least in our minds we know he’s already a winner, right Nov?

      Do you like boxing movies, Nov? I don’t know if I’m able to see it at the theater but Bale makes it very tempting.

  7. Mike B.

    Marky Mark is really believable as a sports character. Loved him in that football flick Disney put out. Not sure about Bale’s character in this one. He kinda looks like a dork or something. A little bit like Daniel Day-Louis-like. Not that that’s a bad thing. And of course, you can’t make a boxing movie without a little bit of Rocky vibe in the mix. I got a little feel of that with this trailer. Not totally sure about this one?

    1. Yep, this type of physical roles suit Wahlberg like a glove (pardon the pun). Bale looks like a dork? Um, he looks like a crackhead, which is what the role is about Mike. And that’s what’s fascinating about it… to go from the ultra cool dark hero Bruce Wayne to someone who looks like this… that’s just mind boggling. To be compared to Daniel Day-Lewis is definitely not a bad thing 🙂

      1. Mike B.

        You got that right. Bale is a master at the ability to physically morph into a role. He owns that space hands down. Hey, Daniel Day and Bale?!?! In the same flick?!?!? Might not be bad.

        1. That would be cinematic heaven to see those two on screen. Even better if the movie is a comedy he..he.., I want to see Bale in a ‘lighter’ role once in a while. We’ve seen him in too many dark roles lately.

  8. yes, I saw this trailer post just hours after my post of “Trailer Time Thursday” released. To my dismay! hahaha oh well, I’ll have it on the site next Thursday! I can’t wait to see this one. Wahlberg and Bale are two of my favorite actors!

    1. Yeah, I just posted the one for The Tourist earlier that day, but I just could not post this one as well. But I had a more severe reaction looking at that poster, grrrr!

  9. The trailer looks good, though predictable and spoiling the entire story, but the performances look like something worth getting to the theater and seeing. Bale I’m sold on anything he does. Wahlberg always seems stronger in a supporting role to me. When he’s the lead man he doesn’t always show his talent are omit his natural charm for some reason. Though, this role seems perfectly cast with him in it. I like this darker and meaty role for Bale, I’m excited, and no ones talking about Amy Adams! Can we say thank the stars that she’s gotten a role that looks like nothing we’ve seen her do so far, and as talented as she is, she’s been in some pretty lackluster flicks as of late. So, again, this for me is about the actors involved and less about the story.

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