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Mark Wahlberg discusses potential sequel to The Fighter

03.12.2012

Of all the movies I never expected a sequel to, put THE FIGHTER on the list.

The movie tells a pretty convincing tale of boxer Micky Ward's rise, fall, and second chance.  If anyone think there was any real reason to see the movie outside the performances of Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, they are sorely mistaken.  THE FIGHTER is certainly not ROCKY.

Mark Wahlberg, while doing press for CONTRABAND, was asked which of his characters he would revisit in a sequel if given the opportunity.  His two answers were Micky Ward and Sean Dignam from THE DEPARTED.

Wahlberg specifically says that he would not view THE FIGHTER 2 as a sequel but rather its own story, telling the second part of the three fights Ward had with boxer Arturo Gatti.  Seeing as Ward lost both the second and third fights, I don't see any real cinema magic unless there was a really interesting subplot to them, likely involving his brother Dicky Eklund.

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Extra Tidbit: I will say on record right now that the only Wahlberg sequels I am clamoring for are THE OTHER GUYS 2 and THE BRAZILIAN JOB.
Source: Digital Spy

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6:35PM on 03/12/2012

Sequel idea

I think it would be great for this story to be told since those three fights are regarded as some of the most epic, best boxing matches of all-time!
I think it would be great for this story to be told since those three fights are regarded as some of the most epic, best boxing matches of all-time!
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6:49PM on 03/12/2012
On BoxOfficeMojo The Brazilian Job is listed TBA for all the principle cast members and up until a little while ago it was listed on IMDb. It's pretty astounding how badly people want that movie 12 years on.
On BoxOfficeMojo The Brazilian Job is listed TBA for all the principle cast members and up until a little while ago it was listed on IMDb. It's pretty astounding how badly people want that movie 12 years on.
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7:17PM on 03/12/2012
Totally agree with the Tidbit..

The Fighter was... meeeeh...
Totally agree with the Tidbit..

The Fighter was... meeeeh...
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10:03PM on 03/12/2012
I loved The Fighter. Just a tremendously entertaining biopic with great actors performing great characters. I can tell its gonna be a flick like Shawshank Redemption or Forrest Gump that I'll get sucked into every time its on TV.

I think there is a story to be had about the Ward-Gatti fights. It'd be interesting to see if they do it 'Warrior' style and give equal time to both Ward & Gatti.
I loved The Fighter. Just a tremendously entertaining biopic with great actors performing great characters. I can tell its gonna be a flick like Shawshank Redemption or Forrest Gump that I'll get sucked into every time its on TV.

I think there is a story to be had about the Ward-Gatti fights. It'd be interesting to see if they do it 'Warrior' style and give equal time to both Ward & Gatti.
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10:06PM on 03/12/2012

hell YES

The Fighter was a great story of family... The sequel will be a great BOXING movie because those were some of the greatest fights of all time.

bring it on!!
The Fighter was a great story of family... The sequel will be a great BOXING movie because those were some of the greatest fights of all time.

bring it on!!
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10:15PM on 03/12/2012
Whaaaaat?! Noooo!
Whaaaaat?! Noooo!
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10:46PM on 03/12/2012
Rocky lost his first fight...
Rocky lost his first fight...
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10:47PM on 03/12/2012

No Sequel to The Fighter

It's perfect the way it is. A sequel would be BS.
Wahlberg should get moving on getting The Brazilian Job into theaters; a sequel to Shooter would be good. There is lots of Bob Lee Swagger mythology to mine.
It's perfect the way it is. A sequel would be BS.
Wahlberg should get moving on getting The Brazilian Job into theaters; a sequel to Shooter would be good. There is lots of Bob Lee Swagger mythology to mine.
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7:09AM on 03/13/2012
It may indeed be a bad idea to make a sequel to The Fighter, which is a perfect film in my book, but I remember leaving the theater wanting to see a lot more of these characters and that world.
It may indeed be a bad idea to make a sequel to The Fighter, which is a perfect film in my book, but I remember leaving the theater wanting to see a lot more of these characters and that world.
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10:32AM on 03/13/2012
The Brazilian Job sounds like a waxing.
The Brazilian Job sounds like a waxing.
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