“As soon as I saw the raw material that Mark was talking to me about, I just said oh my God, this is amazing…There’s nothing better than having a collaborator that you have a great shorthand with and a great comfort with who’s shepherding the project along. I mean, that’s the best thing that can happen in cinema.” - David O Russell on working with Wahlberg for The Fighter
You were the pride of Lowell. You were my hero, Dicky.
The interviews in the beginning and the end were improvised by Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg, while in-character. They were done late night with only Bale, Wahlberg and director David O. Russell present. Bale actually became emotional and left the couch.