Behold, below, the trailer for “The Fighter,” the long-awaited new movie from David O. Russell, who’s now lapped his earlier production, political comedy “Nailed,” apparently still sitting around in Hollywood limbo after funding problems. Watching Mark Wahlberg play boxer “Irish” Micky Ward, with Amy Adams and Christian Bale as his love interest and trainer/brother shepherding him through the true story-inspired “Rocky”esque plot, all I could think about was an offhand mention from Louis CK at his Q&A last week that he trained with the real Ward, who retired from pro boxing in 2003, before embarking on the tour of which the show recorded for his concert doc “Hilarious” was a part.
Talking to NPR’s Terry Gross in July, CK said that “when you’re boxing, you have to think under pressure, and that’s what standup is like. So it was a good kind of metaphorical training… [Ward] traveled with me a little bit. He came on the road with me, and we trained together, and I tried to draw from him and learn how to do that.” I guess that “Raging Bull” movie was on to something, but I’m also guessing “The Fighter” won’t triumphantly end with Wahlberg showing stand-up comics how to use a speed bag.