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Mark Wahlberg is The Fighter

Joel D. Amos is a Los Angeles-based writer, and the Senior Entertainment Editor here at SheKnows. He has interviewed numerous celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Katherine Heigl, Rachel McAdams, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaw...

Mark Wahlberg talks!

Mark Wahlberg has spent the last four years of his life bringing The Fighter to the big screen. During that entire time, between the film being green-lit and un-green-lit, Wahlberg kept up not only his fight-training regimen, but also his keen belief that the story of Micky Ward [Wahlberg] and Dicky Eklund [Christian Bale] had to be told.

Mark Wahlberg talks!

Mark Wahlberg: The Fighter hits home

SheKnows: Do you think The Fighter story is somewhat close to your own personal story?

Mark Wahlberg: I think, aside from the movie itself and the story of Micky and Dicky, Micky's life is pretty similar to mine [laughs]. That's true. I was in a lot of trouble and then I turned my life around. It makes such a good comparison to Micky's journey and to the story. We both grew up in families with nine kids. We grew up 30 minutes from each other. I love this movie and I would have done anything to get the movie made. It's that important to me.

SheKnows: Have you kept up the boxing training regimen?

Mark Wahlberg: I do still have the ring. As far as the regimen, my new regimen consists of a bottle of red wine and a lot of food. And I'm enjoying myself, but my wife is like, you know, "You're starting to look really bad." [Laughs] I'm married to a former supermodel -- a Victoria's Secret model -- I mean, if I want to hold on to her, I've gotta do something.

The Fighter: Mark Wahlberg on Amy Adams' awesomeness

SheKnows: Is Amy Adams as much of a treat to work with as she is to see on screen?

Mark Wahlberg: Ah, she's a sweetheart. You know what? David always says that she doesn't seem like the girl who could throw a punch, but she reminds me of so many girls in my neighborhood. She looks like an Irish Catholic, tough, no nonsense, kind of girl. And you know, I saw that immediately. You know, they're not quite as pretty as Amy, the girls in my neighborhood.

SheKnows: Wow, anything else? It sounds like you're a big fan of hers…

Mark Wahlberg talks!

Mark Wahlberg: We'd actually had the luxury of having lunch before to talk about another movie, and it was a bad movie that I did. She dodged the bullet. I don't want to tell you what movie -- all right, it was The Happening [laughs]. [Expletive] it! It is what it is. The [expletive] trees, man, the plants [laughs]. You can't blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher and do something like that. I wasn't playing a cop or a crook. Amy didn't do the movie, and thank God we got the chance to work together again. Amy brings something very special to the table, and again, showing a side of her that I certainly knew she was capable of doing, but she hadn't gotten to show yet.

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