Hopefully the course of the film’s development won’t be more interesting than the completed film itself. At different times, directors David Fincher and Darren Aronofsky were attached to the film, as were actors Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. Eventually Mark Wahlberg got involved, and became so passionate about playing Mickey Ward that he kept the film in development for a period of years while continuing daily training for the role, even while shooting other films. He helped to secure financing and recruit David O. Russell to direct when Russell’s Hollywood stock was at its lowest after the failure of I Heart Huckabee’s and when Nailed went unfinished after the financial collapse of one of its key producers. It’s worth noting that Wahlberg gave two of his best performances under Russell’s direction in Three Kings and I Heart Huckabee’s. It should be worth seeing what Wahlberg delivers in a role he considers the most personal of his career, and having Christian Bale playing his brother certainly won’t hurt.
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