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Published: 01/11/11

'Lights Out' Actor Inspired by Larry Holmes, Lennox Lewis

By  Lem Satterfield - AOL News
'Lights Out' Actor Inspired by Larry Holmes, Lennox Lewis

On Tuesday at 10 p.m. on FX, the world will be introduced to 40-year-old, former heavyweight champion, Patrick "Lights Out" Leary -- a married, father of three who is coping with life and financial difficulties five years after having retired from the ring. But for lead actor, Holt McCallany, the litmus test was last Wednesday's New York premiere that was attended by such boxing dignitaries as Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko, Gerry Cooney and Micky Ward, the latter of whom is the subject of the critically acclaimed and recently released film, The Fighter. "That wa...

Published: 01/7/11

Surprised Micky Ward's 'Honesty And Integrity' Recognized

By  Lem Satterfield - AOL News
Surprised Micky Ward's 'Honesty And Integrity' Recognized

Retired former world champion boxer, Micky Ward, whose rough life growing up in a nine-member, dysfunctional family in Lowell, Mass., is portrayed by Mark Wahlberg in the hit movie, The Fighter, has been named the winner of the Boxing Writers Association of America's James A. Farley Award for "Honesty and Integrity in Boxing" for 2010. A truck driver for the Teamsters Union Local 25 in Boston, the 45-year-old Ward still lives in Lowell, where he is part owner of a gym. Ward is also part owner of an outdoor hockey rink. Upon first hearing of the honor during a call from FanHouse, Ward express...

Published: 12/31/10

Mark Wahlberg Starts Each Day With Prayer

By  Susanna Baird - AOL News
Mark Wahlberg Starts Each Day With Prayer

The man who went from pop star who posed in his skivvies to a serious actor whose breakout role was as a porn star in "Boogie Nights" credits God for getting him through each day. Mark Wahlberg, currently appearing on the big screen in "The Fighter" and behind the camera as producer of several acclaimed television series, told The (U.K.) Catholic Herald he begins every morning with prayer and, if possible, a visit to church. Jason Merritt, Getty Images Actor/producer Mark Wahlberg -- seen here with his wife, Rhea Durham -- said that prayer "helps me in every way throughout the da...

Published: 12/29/10

'Fighter' Q&A With 'Irish' Micky Ward

By  Lem Satterfield - AOL News
'Fighter' Q&A With 'Irish' Micky Ward

The similarities between retired boxer Micky Ward and actor Mark Wahlberg are seemingly as endless as they are astounding. Each grew up in Massachusetts as among the younger members of a nine-member, Irish family. Their initials are MW. They were rough-and-tumble youth. And, lately, it seems that the duo is sharing the mutual admiration, praise, and, adoration of the world, if not, the nation. Since the movie, "The Fighter," was released on Dec. 10, in selected theaters, and, nationwide, on Dec. 17, the world has learned of the story of Irish Micky Ward. As portrayed by Wahlberg, The Fighter...

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Published: 12/24/10

'The Fighter' Movie Sells Where Real Boxing Has Not

By  FanHouse Newswire - AOL News
'The Fighter' Movie Sells Where Real Boxing Has Not

NEW YORK (AP) -- Thousands of movie-goers filled theaters across the country last weekend to see Mark Wahlberg's stirring portrayal of Micky Ward in "The Fighter." The film about the hard-scrabble Boston-area boxer raked in more than $12 million its first full weekend, has been nominated for six Golden Globes and figures to be an Oscar darling when nominations are announced next month. Wahlberg and co-star Christian Bale even graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, which trumpeted the film as an instant classic. The sport itself only wishes it could get the same kind of publicity. While...

Published: 12/23/10

'The Fighter's' Micky Ward on Arturo Gatti

By  Lem Satterfield - AOL News
'The Fighter's' Micky Ward on Arturo Gatti

During the summer of 2009, retired boxer, Irish Micky Ward, his older half-brother and former trainer, Dicky Eklund, and actors Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, often spent time at Wahlberg's home in Beverly Hills. There, the foursome would not only work out as boxers in Wahlberg's private boxing gym replete with a full ring and boxer's training equipment, but they would also swap blows as part of their preparation for the recently released movie, The Fighter, Ward's story in which Wahlberg plays Ward, and Bale, the drug-addicted Eklund. The film also stars former middleweight (160 pounds)...

Published: 12/21/10

Mark Wahlberg, Will Smith Offered $1 Million for Celebrity Boxing Match

By  FanHouse Staff - AOL News
Mark Wahlberg, Will Smith Offered $1 Million for Celebrity Boxing Match

Mark Wahlberg and Will Smith have portrayed real-life boxers in blockbuster bio-pics -- Wahlberg playing Mickey Ward in new film "The Fighter," and Smith playing Muhammad Ali in 2001's "Ali." Now, they may get to try on their boxing chops for real -- on each other. Damon Feldman, CEO of Hollywood Boxing Federation, is offering each fighter $1 million to fight in a Feb. 26 fight in Las Vegas. "This will be a great opportunity for both stars to fight in the Super Bowl of Hollywood boxing and to donate millions to their favorite charities. It would be a great event too. Can you imagine?" Accor...

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Published: 12/20/10

Trainer Talks 'The Fighter,' Boxing's Best And Worst Films

By  Elie Seckbach - AOL News
Trainer Talks 'The Fighter,' Boxing's Best And Worst Films

Elie Seckbach, the Embedded Correspondent, brings his exclusive video reporting to FanHouse. Check back regularly for more videos. "The Fighter" has been released in U.S. theaters, meaning the general public is learning the story of Irish Micky Ward. The buzzed-about film already has gained Oscar attention as it focuses on the Massachusetts boxer, having been named the "Best Sports Movie of the Decade" by "Sports Illustrated." The move stars Mark Wahlberg (who plays Ward) and Christian Bale (who plays his drug-addicted half-brother Dicky Eklund), as well as former middleweight (160 pounds)...

Published: 12/16/10

Miguel Espino: Real-Life Rocky Goes Hollywood in 'The Fighter'

By  Lem Satterfield - AOL News
Miguel Espino: Real-Life Rocky Goes Hollywood in 'The Fighter'

Miguel Espino rode a five-year, 11-bout winning streak that had included six knockouts, with four straight stoppages into what, at the time, was the biggest fight of his career. Not only was Espino was the 29-year-old father of a toddler, but he was caring for his legally blind mother, Ana Garcia, with whom he had lived for the past four years and whom he has helped to support in North Hollywood, Calif., since her nasty divorce from his cheating father. Espino had lost just twice 23 bouts with one draw and nine knockouts entering his HBO televised, Top Rank Promotions December, 2009, clash wi...

Published: 12/16/10

Kate O'Brien, Conan O'Brien's Sister, Makes Big-Screen Debut in 'The Fighter'

By  Steven Hoffer - AOL News
Kate O'Brien, Conan O'Brien's Sister, Makes Big-Screen Debut in 'The Fighter'

(Dec. 16) -- Looks like showbiz runs in the O'Brien family. Kate O'Brien, Conan O'Brien's sister, will make her silver-screen debut in the much-anticipated film "The Fighter," which opens Friday. The topic came up during a conversation between "Fighter" actress Amy Adams and the TBS host during his show Wednesday night. Watch the interview from "Conan": Directed by David O. Russell, the film tells the true story of legendary Irish boxer Mickey Ward, played by Mark Wahlberg, and his brother/trainer Dickie Eklund, played by Christian Bale. In her role as Phyllis "Beaver" Eklund, Kate O'B...

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