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Wahlberg got carried away with fight training

Mark Wahlberg admits he went a little overboard spending-wise to prepare for his role in The Fighter, in which he plays boxer Mickey Ward.

Mark Wahlberg admits he went a little overboard spending-wise to prepare for his role in The Fighter, in which he plays boxer Mickey Ward.

“There are many, many boxing movies, and I love most of them. But I knew that the thing that would set us apart was if the fights looked more real, and I looked more like a boxer than anyone else who’s done it in the past,” Wahlberg tells Sports Illustrated.

“I spent more money paying my trainers and having them travel with me than I got paid — by a good half a million dollars.”

Luckily, Wahlberg is also a producer on The Fighter, so if the Golden Globe-nomi­nated film does well, he should be OK.

 
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