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OTRC: Christian Bale praises Mark Wahlberg's passion for making 'The Fighter'

Christian Bale talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com about 'The Fighter'

Christian Bale got into fighting shape to play Dickie Eklund in the upcoming movie "The Fighter." Bale's character is "Irish" Micky Ward's (Mark Wahlberg) older brother, who trained him until he went pro in the mid 1980s.

Bale, 36, talked to OnTheRedCarpet.com about the experience of working on another man's passion project and becoming a brother.

"The story is how two of them together become one whole," Bale said. "And through that, it became possible for Mickey to become world champ -- with the support of his older brother. And from his older brother having learned from all of his mistakes so that he wouldn't allow Micky to make the same ones."

Bale also talked about his respect for the film's creator and costar Mark Wahlerg, who spent five years training for the movie version of his friend Micky's life.

"I love Mark to bits, he had passion for this movie and it always makes a difference when you have someone who isn't just treating it like a gig. You can tell those people a mile off," Bale said. "The crew were like filmmakers as well, they were invested in it... and that all starts from Mark, who has been wanting to make this, it's been his passion project for years. For five years, that guy's been in that ring training. It sounds crazy but he got it done and gradually got all of us on board and I admire him to no end for doing that."

This praise for his crew members is a far cry from Bale's rant on the "Terminator Salvation" set, where he went off on a director of photography who had walked on set.

Bale also recently revealed that the next "Batman" film, which is set for release on July 20, 2012 shall be his last. The previous installment, "The Dark Knight" has made more than $1.1 billion worldwide.

"The Fighter" is set for release on December 10.

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