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More details on 'The Fighter'
  • From an interview with Mark Wahlberg here:

    Wahlberg, recently Oscar-nominated for playing a tough-as-nails cop in last year's Best Picture, "The Departed," has a couple of other jobs waiting for him, too. "Hopefully, me and Matt Damon are going to be doing this boxing movie this summer, playing brothers from Lowell, Mass.

    "They're talking about doing a 'Departed' sequel, too, which would be filmed before doing a prequel. They've asked me and, again, I said, 'I'm in if we can make them better than the first.'

    Do you know what you're doing next?
    Then, the movie with Matt Damon, hopefully this summer, is a true story about Irish Mickey Ward and Dick Eklund. It spans 30 years and the character that I play retired in 2001, but it goes from about 1970 to about 1999.

    Do you guys fight each other at one point?
    We spar. They sparred with each other. Matt plays the older brother who trained Mickey to the title.

    It's two Boston boys getting back together.
    Yeah, and what's so funny is that me and Matt were talking. We had a meeting and we were talking and I was like, "Do you know how many people come up to me and say that I was great in 'The Bourne Identity'?" And he goes, "Not as many people that come up to me and say how good I was in 'The Perfect Storm.'"

    We started talking and were laughing. It was like I spent so much time trying to lose my Boston accent, so the last thing I wanted to do was to play a guy from Boston. We want to stretch as much as possible, but the truth is the best roles we've played are the guys from Boston with "The Perfect Storm" and "Good Will Hunting" and "The Departed." So, we're embracing it.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 15th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
    "Do you know how many people come up to me and say that I was great in 'The Bourne Identity'?" And he goes, "Not as many people that come up to me and say how good I was in 'The Perfect Storm.'"

    Haha i thought that quote was really funny because a lot of people do mix matt and mark up, even though i don't really see how. I also liked how mark said that the best roles they get are playing guys from boston and that they are embracing it now instead of trying to avoid it. I really do hope that "the fighter" is a go this summer.

    Thanks -Jess
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 15th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Lol that is funny agree! I don't really see how they mix them up either, but hey never mind. I hope to 'the fighter' is a go this summer.

    -Cass
    From: sunnysanstar Date: March 16th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)
    I disagree with Mark's attempt to put himself on the same tier as Matt. Mark's best roles might be as Boston natives because he's, well, playing himself. But Matt is phenomnal when he steps out of his own familar zones. That's not to say I don't love Will Hunting & think that's one of his finest characters, but Mark does him a great injustice by saying his Boston characters are his best.

    Oh, and I just have to ask, was I the only one who found it absurdly amusing that Mark basically paid "Good Will Hunting" a compliment when ten years ago he was dissing on Matt & Ben for even writing it?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 16th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)
    There's also some other questionable comments by Mark in the same interview when he says he got the Oscar nom for The Departed ahead of other actors because he (paraphrasing) had lived the part and knew all the local flavors. Pffft. He had the showboat role and overacted his way to the public's favour.

    Mark and Matt also seem to think they should be in a film together because they had one happy conversation together about Boston filming? And that undoes all the previous bad blood? Call me not convinced.

    Still hoping this project never comes any closer to fruition.
    From: sunnysanstar Date: March 16th, 2007 01:41 am (UTC) (Link)
    >There's also some other questionable comments by Mark in the same interview >when he says he got the Oscar nom for The Departed ahead of other actors >because he (paraphrasing) had lived the part and knew all the local flavors.

    Questionable? No. Dumba$$? Most definitely. Open mouth, insert foot, eh, Marky-Mark? *snicker*

    >Mark and Matt also seem to think they should be in a film together because >they had one happy conversation together about Boston filming?

    I'm going to keep thinking postive about this & believe that Matt is less enthsiastic about this than Mark. It seems to be Mark's big dream to make this movie a reality, but Matt's got some great offers on the table, and he could still venture into directing and maybe even writing again. Heck, I'd rather see Matt do Captain Kirk before doing this boxing movie, and that's saying alot. ;D
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 16th, 2007 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)
    Well, I don't know if I would go that far... :-)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 19th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)
    Oh heck, I hope it does. I've already bought the hsx stock. :-)

    JJ--
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 16th, 2007 09:34 am (UTC) (Link)
    Mark Wahlberg seems very pumped up at the moment, what with his Oscar nomination and isn't he out promoting a new film too? I guess he just cannot control his confidence. I find him less obnoxious than a lot of people though and have enjoyed some of his roles - Boogie Nights, Huckabees. I think he would raise his game a notch working alongside Matt and I find this prospect less scary than Star Trek. Having said that I don't like boxing movies and would much rather Matt worked with Greengrass or Soderbergh again. Those two projects previously discussed are more my cup of tea! Jan
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