Despite a career filled with memorable action roles that all required Wahlberg to maintain high fitness levels, no film could have motivated him to train harder and more obsessively than he did for the lead role of “Irish” Micky Ward in The Fighter. Wahlberg gives a strong performance as Ward, a boxer who’s running out of time to make his mark and is getting placed in fights he has no chance of winning. Oscar-winning performances from Christian Bale, Micky’s crack addicted half-brother with boxing experience, as well as Melissa Leo, his controlling mother Alice, make this a memorable underdog story based on true events.
Wahlberg’s Best Role Play Wahlberg said he trained eight to 10 hours a day for four years for the part, as the push to get the film off the ground was stalled for a long period of time. As a result, he had the perfect boxer’s physique for the movie, while also doing all of his own stunts in the ring, often putting himself in harm’s way.