Did you see 'The Fighter?' Are you curious about what happened in the movie versus what happened in real life? So are we. Not long ago we brought you excerpts from the real HBO documentary that followed former boxer Dicky Ecklund (played by Christian Bale in the movie) around, documenting his life as a crack addict. The doc plays a big part in the film, as Ecklund flaunts the cameras in people's faces as if he's proud that they're making a movie about him when in reality they're just documenting his downward spiral.
Ecklund gets a shot at redemption, as does his little brother Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg) when Ward -- along with Dicky's help and boxing expertise -- begins to go from struggling boxer to the real deal, all of it culminating in one final boxing match versus Shea Neary, which, like the drug doc, was broadcast on HBO.
Rarely do we get to see a side-by-side comparison of a real boxing match versus the ones "translated" into movies, and so this video -- produced by Kevin B. Lee -- gives us an excellent snapshot of the great lengths filmmakers went to in order to recreate the fight -- punch for punch with the original announcers. It also shows us the sort of Hollywood fluff (family at ringside, cutaway to girlfriend) that was added to heighten the overall moviegoing experience.
Definitely a must watch for those who've seen the film. Check it out after the jump.
[via Rope of Silicon by way of Anne Thompson's Twitter feed]
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