The Boston-born Wahlberg (fresh off an in-depth conversation with a local donkey) told 60 Minutes that he performed all his own fight scenes in his new film, The Fighter, which is based on Lowell, Mass., native “Irish” Micky Ward.
“I didn’t want to look like an actor who could box, I wanted to look like a boxer who could win the world title,” he said on 60 Minutes. “We were [training] eight to 10 hours a day.”
The movie is centered around the story of Ward, who gained worldwide fame for his three fights against the late Arturo Gatti from 2002-03.
“I was such a huge Micky Ward fan,” said Wahlberg, who took CBS correspondent Lara Logan for a walk through his native Dorchester (watch the video here). “I mean, God, you know, the name Micky Ward was to me, like the name Larry Bird — just a local sports hero.”
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Quote of the day
“I’ll be back.”
–Eagles cornerback/kick returner Ellis Hobbs, after suffering a frightening neck injury Sunday night against the Giants
Comment of the day
It’s funny how one game against the Toronto Raptors can make people say things they otherwise wouldn’t normally be saying. Case in point:
“Paul Pierce is a choker and should not be taking the last shot. At least Brady does not choke under pressure. Paul Pierce is a loser, who has no idea how to lead by example, which a captain is suppose to do.”
Video of the day
You know, there’s always the chance that this happens, but it never actually happens.