The Fighter – The Movie of Irish Micky Ward

irish micky wardParamount Pictures has reportedly fast tracked The Fighter which is a biopic of fighter Irish Micky Ward. Mark Walhberg and Matt Damon will be co-starring in this movie based on the life of Micky Ward and his half brother and trainer Dicky Eklund.

Any real fan of boxing will remember the Ward vs Gatti fights. These two fighters brought the real thrill of boxing back in these epic battles. Some of the best brawling in a boxing match that I’ve ever watched live or on tv. Being from the Lowell area myself I can tell you that Micky Ward was really a hero of the people. He was a blue collar worker from the streets that made good.

Dicky Eklund, Wards half brother and trainer, was once in the HBO Documentary film titled “High on Crack Street” which was a movie documenting the once rampant crack problem on the streets of Lowell Massachusetts. He was in the documentary for obvious reasons. His comeback from a life of drugs is a triumph in itself. When you team that with the boxing career of Micky Ward, you can see it is truly the stuff movies are made of.

Watch Micky Ward Pound on Gatti

Micky Ward ran the Boston Marathon in April 2004 as a Fund-Raiser for his favorite charity, the Lowell based Kids In Disability Sports Inc.

“When I get tired (during a training run), I think of the kids who can’t run” he said.” That’s what keeps me going. And seeing the smile on the kids faces, that’s the main thing.” K.I.D.S. and its president and founder, Bruce Lucier, are trying to raise enough money to operate a building geared toward disabled athletes. The building would be the first of its kind in the country.

Those interested in donating on behalf of Ward can make out checks to:

K.I.D.S. Inc. c/o Micky Ward and send them to:
P.O. Box 8487, Lowell Ma. 01853

http://www.kidsindisabilitysports.com

I for one am a huge  micky ward fan, I cannot wait for this film to be released. There is no release date as of yet and shooting has not even begun. I will definitely keep you updated as the information is available. here’s some more stuff about Micky Ward.

UPDATE: Looks like Matt Daemon is out and Brad Pitt is going to play Dicky Eklund.
Update 2: Anyone see any movie crew people in Lowell or know of any spots where they’re shooting?
Update 3: OK Christian Bale signs on to play Dickey Ekland. Christian Bale as Ecklund and Mark Wahlberg as younger brother Micky Ward is scheduled to begin filming in late 2009.
Update 4: For the people following this, they just had open casting calls last week. So if you haven’t bugged the shit out of Micky yet then this is your chance to get on the movie as an extra.

116 thoughts on “The Fighter – The Movie of Irish Micky Ward

    1. Buddy McArdle

      Hey Mickey how ya been and how’s your family doing these day’s I havent been to Lowell in 10 years keep up the good work

      buddy

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      1. raymond rocky hebert

        I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE MICKEY AT THE GYM HE IS ONE OF THE BEST TRAINERS OUT THERE HE IS A GREATE FRIEND OF MY FATHER WHO HIS NAMEIS RAY HEBERT SR. HIS FREIND MICKY FINN OUT OF BOSTON WHO WAS IN MARVIN HAGLER WHO WAS A WORLD CHAMP THANKYOU FOR READING THIS ACTICLE ROCKY HEBERT

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  1. Erin

    There is no release date that I could find published anywhere as of yet but I am definitely going to be writing some follow up pieces on this movies as more information is available. As soon as I know, you will know.

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  2. Ken

    I say we get Erin to call up her buddy Micky and do an interview with him.

    What questions would everyone want to ask Micky Ward?

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    1. kelly koble

      Hello ken this is Kelly koble I fought micky on the hagler lennoard under card in vegas would like to know if they would be putting are fight in the movie if so i would like to play myself in that I am still in pretty good shape if there is any way you could find out you can call me at 909 419-3742 thanks so much

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  3. KARL

    THIS MOVIE MUST BE MADE…I WILL PERSONALLY KEEP ON THIS AND FIND THE EXACT PRODUCTION DATE…HOW CAN THIS FILM MISS??? AN OSCAR WINNER FOR SURE

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  4. DAVE

    VARIETY AND ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY BOTH REPORT THAT THIS FILM IS IN THE WORKS…AWAITING THE SIGN ON OF THE DIRECTOR

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  5. Chris Hall

    I used to see Micky at Captain Jons in Lowell when I lived on Dane street. He was always coming in after our Lowell Nor Easters Football Games. What a great guy always livend up the place ya know! They better put that Bar in the movie or it won;t be based on truth.. Hallsy

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  6. Ken Savage Post author

    yea Captain’s was always a cool place to hand at when I lived in Lowell. We seem to be hanging out more lately at Hookslide Kellys. Saw Micky there 2 weeks ago actually.

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  7. Nick

    Mikey Ward is pure white trash, we do not need a movie about this loser. Isn’t captain Jon’s the same place where his newphew had killed someone?

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    1. tami

      it takes one white trash to know more white trash.who do you think you are anyway it just has to be a jealously issue with you.i really just think you were hoping they made a movie on your pathedic life.sorry but they were looking for good local legends unlike your punch drunk and druggin self.so do us a favor dont watch the movie or better yet watch the movie and wish it was about you.lol

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    2. BigBob

      Nick, as my mom used to say “if you have nothing good to say just smile and keep quiet.” I have a different version of her wisdom, “if you don’t know what you are talking about shut the fuck up!” For those of us that have had the honor of knowing Mick it is clear that he had his life challanges but is by no means white trash. He is a true gentleman that cares about others who just happens to be a tremendous athlete and has the heart of a warrior. You wouldn’t be fit to carry his gloves let alone use them! If you have any balls post your contact info and we can discuss your perspective over a beer or in a back alley, your choice! If you don’t have the balls to post your contact info, which you won’t, you can go fuck yourself!!

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  8. Steve

    I can’t wait to see the film. I’ve heard a lot about Mickey’s greatness in pool halls around Lowell and across Southern New Hampshire. Hopefully, this movie will set the stage for more films about great, but relatively unknown (to the general public) boxers from the Boston area, like Jack Sharkey, Sam Langford, George Dixon, Joe Wolcott, and William Mellody. There’s a lot of great boxing history out there, just waiting to be filmed!

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  9. Rick Gouveia

    I am an old friend of Mickey’s and he is a great guy, as for the gentlemen that writes negative stuff about Mickey is an ass, Mickey does more for kid’s and lowell then anyone I know. He’s a Hero, as for his nephew thats not Mikey he hasn’t been found guilty anyway. Mickey if you read this just wanted to say whats up proud of ya keep up the good work. write back from Ricky Gouveia acreboys for life. angelgrl56741@aol.com I hope to hear from ya soon, this is my friends E-Mail its my message E-mail so write back . bud I am liveing in Vermont.

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    1. John Gath

      hey Ricky,
      long time no see! just talked to mick at the folk fest briefly,(he’s a busy man these days) But he still has time for us local fans. Cant wait to see this movie.

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  10. Dan L

    I can’t wait to see this movie.My Dad and Uncle were Micky and Dicky’s[step brother] friends. LOWELL WEST END GYM

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  11. SheoncefromLowell

    Micky deserves all the best life has to offer. He once assisted me in a situation that could have proven dangerous for me, and I’ll always remember and thank him for that. My best to you!

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  12. Tommy

    Hey Nick.. Mickey Ward is a BOXER. Probably the most furious and unrelenting boxer I have ever watched. He is fierce and has heart that some of these over paid clowns need to have. As far as his nephews, why don’t you watch the H.B.O. Documentary to get an idea of what life is really like for those of us that are less fortunate for poor Irish communities “Ya BUM”. That’s life my friend, some of us have to do things that we don’t like to do to survive. I can’t wait to see the movie!

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  13. Karl

    Lowell was always a “hard luck city” but As a long time resident I will tell you it has more heart than any other place on earth. As someone who lived on Broadway street in the Acre and knew a lot of these guys and the West End Gym, I just want to say it’s great to glorify fighting and Mickey for what he had to do, but the truth is you don’t have the options in life and you do what you have to do. That’s the real story. Here’s a guy who battled anyway he could and came out on top despite all the odds and is a human being who only wants to do something nice for people. A lot of people in lowell didn’t make it and a lot of things went on that shouldn’t have(like when the cops smashed him up outside the Cosmo that night). Hope they tell the real story.
    Ireland forever!

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    1. Paddy " Glass Eye " Doyle

      cant wait to see the film . if its about fighting for things you want but for sure its an irish film ,,,, lots of love from the doyle clan , kildare , ireland

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  14. Ronnie Frechette

    Looking forward to seeing the movie Mick! Having been one of your sparring partners in 1978 at Leo Lydon’s South End Gym, across the street from Towers News, I have personally felt a few of your now infamous left hooks (thank God you were just learning how to throw ‘em back then). I also remember what Leo and our other trainers taught us about the values of the sport of boxing; Boxing is an art that takes time, discipline and repetition to master, be humble in your wins, always be a gentleman outside of the ring, and when the fight is over and it wasn’t your night, give your opponent the respect they deserve.

    I have seen you demonstrate all of these values over the course of your career! That, to me, is the sign of a true world champion boxer! God Bless, “Irish” Micky Ward!

    Additionally, I appreciate you contributing to the Graham Robert Frechette Foundation here in Florida. I look forward to seeing you in Orlando next week for the charity golf tournament.

    Successfully,

    Ronnie Frechette

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  15. Troy Guidotti

    Plain and simple, the most amazing fighter I have seen in a long time. His fights are lost memories of boxers like Graziano, Basilio, and LaMotta. It has been a long time since a man with this much heart has been in the ring. The respect he gives his opponents and the sport are a tribute to his integrity. The Ward / Gatti trilogy are three of the best fights I have ever seen. Possibly the most underated and underpaid fighter of all time!

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  16. Paul

    Having been born in Lowell where I lived the first 28 years of my life, I can attest to the greatness of the city often overlooked. It’s the people and spirit that never fails. Like Micky, Lowell has been punched and dizzied many times but has always fought back to prove itself worthy of praise. I really hope the city is used in filming this story. It has a rough beauty that cannot be captured in Canada or anywhere else on this planet. By the way, Mickey O’Keefe should be a major part of this story since it was he, more than anyone, who provided Micky support and proper leadership when he needed it.

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  17. longoc

    The gatti fights were incredible, but my favorite fight of his was the one against Emmanuel Augustus, also a warrior from the hard knocks.

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  19. Ken Savage Post author

    You know what Chris, your’re right it is Micky not Micky. But either way I don’t think it’s an insult. It’s an Irish nickname anyways so the spelling is not important.

    We all know Micky Ward is a great fighter and that’s important.

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  21. Rick Wilson

    I grew up in Lowell, its tough, rugged, and a waist land for drugs, alcohol poor run down homes. If you make it their you can survive anywhere. Mickey’s DNA is exactly what made him who he is …I think he’s the best…Long Live the Highlands!

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  22. Don Curtis

    I boxed for the Immaculate Conception CYO in 1948 and was boxing in 1949 the first year of the Silver mittens. I seen most of Mickey’ Ward’s fights, and I am really looking forward to the movie. When are they going to start shooting the movie? The first Ward and Gatti fight was the best fight I have ever see. I hope you are enjoying your retirement Mickey. I think you are one of the best fighters that came out of Lowell and Lowell has produced a lot of great fighters.

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  23. HardHittin

    Funny how alot of these so-called friends can’t even spell his name right. See you at the Gaelic Club Mick – first rounds on me

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  25. jesenia

    I live in lowell and know the family well, micky is an inspiration to the youngsters around lowell. he’s always been himself the times I met him through the neighborhood and tanning salon. this movie is going to be great!!!!!!can’t wait to see it. go micky

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  26. Michelle

    This movie has been in the works for a few years now. Lets get it started! It is great for the Lowell area. Let’s keep the film industry in the Boston area – East Coast Hollywood!!

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  27. James (Molly Kay's is my hang out when I am in Boston)

    Look Nic, you may think you are the sh*$, how ever I grew up idolizing Mickey Ward and have made a life time of following Mickey and even using some of his training techniques to train my wife who won three world championships this last year (2007) and still use some of them to train my own fighters who have won local and state (NC) championship titles and I am at this time training my neices who are looking at soccer scholarships at a local state college. So you can suck a Di#$ and I will be there to back it up and if you want to call me out I will meet you any time at Molly Kay’s or any where you feel you can feel like you can defebd yourself. The Irish Mob will be there to help our brother verbally and physically. See Ya James

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  28. J

    hey Kelly… I’ll try and ask my aunt what would be the best way to contact Micky… she is a good friend of his as well as his hair dresser… or if you hang around Lowell long enough in the sport bars or other local hot spots you may just see him face to face. but he seems to be in her shop at least once a month.

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  29. Billy Rollins

    I did alot of sparring with Micky, and have never been to the body as hard as Micky hit me. HE is also one of the best guy’s you could ever meet, big heart in and out of the ring, he deserves all the best. Can’t wait to watch the movie, and the book was really good to.

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  30. alan

    a message from one of ur biggest fans in ireland,you were a true warrior who guys like myself looked up to while i lived in boston for five years….long live the king…any one know where i can get in contact as i met him at hatton v collazo and am lookin for an autograph

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  31. Nick

    James, I never said I was the shit. Unlike you who are a mere’ piece of shit. I’m sorry you decided to worship a false idol. James word’s are cheap, go fuck you. Honestly you could have picked a better place to spend your time at, than Molly Kay’s of all places.

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  32. greg noonan

    hey mick your the best ps you left your wallet in a booth here at towers news its still stuck to the floor god bless you

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  33. Patrick

    I think im seeing this in my grade 8 canadian feild trip, were going to veiwfinders, and each student picked what they wanted to do, i picked watching fighter in the afternoon.

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  34. Rick Wilson

    Micky Ward, will always be on the top of my list of fighters who actually ‘fight’. Dicky who Ive met and grew up in the same town of Lowell,The highlands Chelmsford Street Housing Projects location. It wasn’t easy growing up there. I’m extremely proud of who they are no matter what is ever written or seen in this up coming movie. One has to live it to truly understand …

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  35. bobe46@comcast.net

    Hey MICK,I had a fighter on one of the cards in AC,My grandson took some acting lessons,his dream is to play arturo gotti,or anyone else,in your movie,after hearing,the good things,when we met during the days of that bout in AC,with stepbrother Dick,even after the b out that both of us won.He would love to meet you guys.I Took him to gyms in philly & nj. He did pretty good he’s a southpaw,not a fighter,respects the game,and knows,the heart you have to do what you did.

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  36. Robert

    Mickey,

    I hope you have the life you have fought for
    and deserved from the fruits of your labor.
    I have never missed a fight of yours and always
    rooted for you in spirit.

    Being a retired boxer myself I understand
    the brutality and reality of this sport on a
    1st hand bases.

    You make me even more proud to be
    irish ,what a kick ass tough bloodline we have

    May GOD bestow many blessings upon you and your family
    thanks for the many years of hard fighting,the sport needs
    another mickey ward.

    slainte!

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  37. Rick Wilson

    Micky,,If you are reading this.I have a 1979 boxing promtional poster of Dicky and Sugar Ray Lenard.I’ll be in Lowell June 2nd till June 10th..I’d like to meet you guys…Hope to see you soon

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  38. Jan D - Fibrowitch

    There was an open casting call in Lowell for the film today. They were asking for people who would be free to work this summer in July and August.

    My buddy got interviewed for a role as a fighter. One of about 30 people to get an on camera interview. I only posted pictures, not stories from the day, I did not bring any release forms with me.

    The Fighter casting call

    Enjoy

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  39. Ken Savage Post author

    nice Jan. I heard about it but couldn’t get out of work to head down. Did you wait in line?
    I’ll be damn frickin proud if they film some of the movie in Lowell as it should be.

    Let me know if you have any more pics or hear about anything else from local shooting.

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    1. Jan D - Fibrowitch

      I posted most of the good pictures. Having pictures of just crowds of people was a bit dull. My friends, the three guys in the picture, Tom Sean and Bill all got filmed.

      Heck Sean is Sean. I’m pretty sure if he hears anything then I will. We were only there (at least Tom and I) because he really pushed Tom to go. Tom was this close to not even leaving Boston, so I got in my car, drove down from Revere and drove him to Lowell.

      The people at Boston Casting said the movie would be filming this summer. I almost thought I saw Micky but if it was him, he was trying to be low key. (can’t miss the arm tat and that head now can you)

      I’ll post anything else I hear on my blog, and if they let me stories from the shot when it happens. Check in with me from time to time, or give me a nudge if to long goes by without my saying anything. You do have my permission to post a link on your blog and send people my way.

      If I get the okay from my friends to tell some of what went on yesterday, I’ll post it. My only story is – I took lots of pictures.

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      1. steve findley

        I grew up with mickey dicky and jerry ward will enjoy to see film and they need to shootthe towers corner after all the lowell academy where they had a pro ring above the old bar I used to work at.now he ends up at the galick club and others in town still.as a bouncer in moat of the bars in town it’s like strooling down a torid meory
        lane Steve Findley

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  41. Donna Lawson

    I attended the casting call yesterday. I was soooo excited when I got into the second line for the camera interview. It was so exciting. I really hope I get called. They wrote on my paper that I could play a relative. The guy in front of me had boxer or crackhead! Thye guy in front of him had young Micky Ward.

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      1. Jan D - Fibrowitch

        Donna – You are in MY pictures. It’s Jan. I was the short woman in the lace top. Tom and Bill were in front of you. We talked for hours. But I never got your email address to send you the pictures.

        Check out the link Ken posted, You should be in a couple of them. And send me an email fibrowitch@gmail.com So I can send you the entire set.

        Jan

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  42. John Hantzopoulos

    I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time! Mick, you deserve this film , which explains your story, and gives us hope, in not only boxing, but in life. I’ve been boxing since I’ve been sixteen, now I’m 26, but have had some bad luck with trainers. I was supposed to have gone pro at 22 years old, but like I said, things with my trainer didn’t go to well. I don’t wanna mention any names, because I don’t wanna talk bad about anyone. Well, I moved to greece for a year, and just moved back about a year ago, and have been strugglin’ ever since. See I’m from Lynn , born and raised, but I have to stay with my cousins in West Peabody out in the boonies. There’s no transportation, it’s horrible. I got in good with Alex and Andy Riveira, down in Lynn, and my main goal is to work, get an apt. and start to train, and fight as quick, and as much as I can. This is the only thing I am good at, believe me! Even the riveira bros. wanted me to keep going, but I had this little honda civic when I first got here from greece, and i ended up crashing it. So now, it’s about a 15 mile hike from here. But I’m gonna start workin’ in Lynn startin’ wednesday, slowly save up, and jump back in the game! I can’t live without it! But anyways, sorry to ramble, but Mick, I don’t know if you read these, you have been a positive influence in my life, and it’s just incredible, to fight the way you do. I think i missed the deadline for the extras in the upcoming film about you. Is there anything i can do? Because that’s my second passion is acting! I know, I know, I’ve got damn, near impossible dreams! But if i can’t dream, I’d rather be dead, ya know? Anyways, thank you for taking the time out to read this letter. You are what boxing is about! You and your trilogy with Arturo! I’ve met you, and Dickie Ecklund before, when we came down to the West End Gym before, but you wouldn’t remember me , man! I remember our first coach Dick, something, I forget right now, along with Bobby Tomasello brought us down there to workout, and spar. So enough of me going on, but I just admire your courage, and hopefully I can someday, come even a little close to the heart that you have. God bless ya!! Sincerely, John Hantzopoulos

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  43. Anonymous

    I know the screen writer of this movie and he is the one who directed “high on crack street”. his name is richard farrell and he is a good friend of my family’s

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  44. Tommy

    I saw the documentary on H.B.O. “High on Crack Street”. I hope the movie can catch the true essence of life as shown in the documentary as well as the perservence as well. I watched Mickey box as an amateaur and as a pro, and Dicky as well. I’m looking forward to this movie and have been for quite some time now.

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  45. Rick Wilson

    ‘High on Crack Street,featured a good friend of mine Gary Geffrieter.He flew out to my wedding(1980) along with a few of my other Highland Park friends from Lowell. My Uncle Don Conley,trained Dicky as an amateur,I have a POSTER of Sugar Ray Lenard vs Lowell’s tough Dicky Ekland 1978. Framed and in great condition.I SO WANT A PART IN THIS MOVIE..I left Lowell in 1975 to pursue a movie career as a Stuntman(SAG). Bob Tesier stared in THE DEEP-he played ‘The bald tough guy’ came from Lowell he was a friend of mine in the beginning of my career. Can anyone help me get an audtion?

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    1. Anonymous

      I know the screen writer of the movie look richard up maybe he can help you or look for a site for auditions.

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  46. Donna Lawson

    I checked out the pictures Jan, it was nice talking to you. It passed the time away. Did any of your friends hear anything yet? I haven’t. I don’t know what their time frame is going to be to get back to people.My e-mail is donnal521@yahoo.com. I am actually looking for pictures of Micky’s family, I had made a request out to Kasie, but have not heard back from her. Talk soon…
    Donna

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  47. Jan D - Fibrowitch

    Boston Casting talked to Tom yesterday and he has been offered a part in the movie.

    I can’t say this with any promise of any kind. Since Boston Casting is handling all the Lowell parts, you should contact Boston Casting for a chance to be included.

    Check back on my blog for movie news. Jan

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    1. Donna Lawson

      I called Boston Casting today. They said that they could take up to 2 weeks to get back. but, they more than likely won’t call if you didn’t get in. and actually Ken, I only took like 2 pictures, will try to upload, I’m not very good at that stuff. New camera, first digital, lol. I so live in a cave !

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  48. Tommy

    F.Y.I. Regarding casting auditions, please let me know if they are accepting walk on auditions, I am extremely interested and could fit many different parts in this movie, including a boxer. I’ve been following this blog for close to 2 years now.

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    1. Donna Lawson

      Actuall Tommy, I got an e-mail today from Boston casting. They are holding a casting call at their office Thursday from 10 am till 4pm. Looking for males 25-40 to play drug addicts. Their address is
      129 Braintree Street
      Boston
      i’d bring a headshot and short resume if you could finaggle one

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      1. Tommy

        I’m not interested in playing a “drug addict” even though I know i can hands down. I was looking for more of a role as a boxer. I actually know I could play the role better than the selected actors, but that’s not my call. I have watched this family since “High on Crack Street” and followed both their careers (Dicky & Mickey). Their family cronicles mine, that’s why I was so intrigued with this movie.

        I respect Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, and Mark Wahlberg etc… They are all well diverse and extremely talented and proven, but I feel that the true acting so be portrayed by someone who is capable of giving a performance of a lifetime, especially with this story.

        I think the director should take a chance and roll the dice. Like I stated before, I would be honored to be a participate in this movie, but more of a boxer, or another significant role, no matter how small the part. I just would like to have some meaning.

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  49. Maria Rivera

    I am excited about this film and hope I get a part on it. I love boxing and Mickey’s fight with Gatti was super incredible…those are the boxing fights that I love to watch. Boston Casting is actually looking for 1980′s car with rust and they are paying people to rent them per day and so forth go online and visit http://www.bostoncasting.com to find out more information…they already casted the Extras and they are still looking for speaking roles, which are under five…I hope to get at least an under five part…they mentioned that they want to give the LOWELL and sorrounding areas a preference…so hope that really is TRUE!

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  50. Ann M

    My son went to the casting in Lowell and had a callback yesterday where he and two others had to shadow-box in front of the camera. He said there were over 100 people in there of all different types. No word on if he will hear back or not, but I hope he gets a role as well.

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  51. mike giguere

    Did they cast the part of Mickey’s daughter? My daughter auditioned last month, but didn’t hear back. Still, I have not seen anywhere that the part has been filled.

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  52. Pablo

    They already did this movie years ago. It’s called High on crack street. I also find it funny, the actors who sign on to this piece of garbage than at the last minute drop out. They probally realized it’s going to flop like ron jermeys hard on.

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  53. Denise

    My dad’s house in Lowell is being used as Mark Wahlburg’s residence….that’s the closest I’ll ever come to fame and fortune…..ho hum.

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  54. Mike Garo..Clinton MA

    Mick if you read this stuff, the guys from Gael Town are proud of you! Gongrats to you and Dicky!…. You now have a “Technical Advisor” overseeing things from up-top! Arturo will bring you good Karma.

    There are two must do’s: Get Cleo to reopen the Tap!

    and…

    Trapper has to play himself in the movie!

    The best to you;

    Mike Garf.

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  55. nestor

    your fight were the best i really i admire you are a true warrior, a big hello from sunny Puerto Rico.

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  56. Lea Barube

    Shawna Berube is my Granddaughter and I am so proud of Shawna that she is going to be in your Film,”The Fighters”.Thank you so much for making her a part of it and I am a seamstress of 40 yrs,so if you need repairs done on the set,please let Leslie Berube know and I’ll Be more then glad to help out…

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  57. Ronnie

    Hey there all you mickey fans they just started filming about 2 weeks ago. i live in Lowell,ma on summer st. one street over from rogers St. where they have all the Rv’s for the actors and are keeping all of the filming trucks. Right now they are filming at the tsonjas area. for all the fight scenes. Next they are going to do some bar scenes where mickey hangs out but it closed about a year ago the Highland Tap i think thats the one. I think they said the fighter will be out 2011 can’t wait.

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  58. Rick Wilson

    HIGHLAND TAP? Wow thats is were I hung out. My Uncle Don Conely was the bar tender. Can anyone get me in this movie? Does anyone know Dicky’s e-mail or phone number?

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  59. Anonymous

    They’re filming near my house this week. On Beacon street on top of Christian Hill. Lots of cars and trucks….I think they’re filming in a house.

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  60. Ronnie

    Update 8/07/09 As i type this they are filming at Gus and Pauls bar. But they changed the name of the bar to the foxtail. Thats the bar that use to be on merrimack street in downtown lowell. Gus and Pauls is on 165 chelmsford St. Across the street from Ma/com company. Right now there is a small crowd forming across the street trying to get some snapshots of the actors in the movie. Lot of excectment here in lowell,ma. I live on summer st. right in the heart of the action. Will go down and check it out.

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  61. SuzyQ

    I work at Bucks Bar & Grill (formerly Gus and Pauls) We are so excited to have been part of this movie!
    We closed the bar for 2 days (the 6th and 7th) while they transformed and used this location as the Foxtail Lounge.
    They were nice enough to let us stay in the bar and watch during all the filming, hang out and meet all the actors, and even used some of us as extras.
    I can’t wait until the movie comes out!!

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    1. Shot Guy

      I was at Buck’s when they shot scenes there both days. I am a featured extra in the movie doing shots with Amy Adams at the bar. She was great to work with and Mark and Christian were both really cool too. I have to say that everyone there from all the other extras to the crew to David O. Russell who picked me and Boo-Boo to do ‘shots’ with Amy were extremely polite and friendly and great people. I feel honored to have played a small part in this movie especially since my roots are in the Highlands (Bellevue Street) and I heard many stories about all these bars along Chelmsford Street – especially Marty’s for Party’s!
      Sorry, no pics from me – easiest way to get fired on set! I can’t wait to see the movie when it’s completed. Good for you Micky and Dicky!

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      1. Rick Wilson

        Shot guy, Sounds like you had a ball. If you see B00-BOO again let him know I said hello. I wish I had a small part in this film too. I’m from lowell lived in the projects…I’m living in San Diego now but I’d fly home for a shot to be in this…any help?

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        1. Shot Guy

          Hey Rick,

          Unfortunately, they are wrapping up production next week. They shot a “date” scene in Lexington Center over night at the Lexington Flick. Next week they shoot at a local prison and they are all set for that – they did background checks on everyone so they could get access to the prison.

          I had seen Boo-Boo around back in the day when I worked at Belvidere Wine – early 90′s. Hadn’t seen him since then and he seems like he’s doing okay. There was a minor incident with him during a scene where he poked Amy in the eye by accident. She was fine and it was really no big deal, although some other stuff on the internet makes it sound like he knocked her out, hehe!

          Anyway, it was a great experience and I can’t wait to see how this movie does when it comes out.

          Cheers!

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    1. Rick Wilson

      Ken
      I have a 1978 poster of Dicky vs Sugar Ray framed. I can send you a picture of it . I knew someday it would be cool. Let me know.

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  62. Krystal M

    I grew up in the Highlands and now living off of Beacon St. I can’t help but wonder if Lowell is making the cast and crew a bit uncomfortable. I’m sure filming on Beacon wasn’t half bad, it’s a quiet neighborhood but I imagine most of the filming would be in the highlands which can be uncomfortable for me even and I grew up there so that place feels more like home to me than anywhere else.

    I wonder if they’ll have the premiere here too. Lowell may not be very glamorous, so I’m thinking ‘no’, but it certainly has all the facilities a city could ask for.

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  63. SARAH T

    I currently work in downtown Lowell At & T and also grew up in the area. I have always been a fan of Micky for many many years. I’m glad to hear that they are finally coming out w/ a movie. They have been filming a lot of the movie in this area one of them being on Worthen St.

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    1. Ken Savage Post author

      They are filming up at the Robinson’s school this week off of Bridge st. Ya know the school on the hill. I think they remade the school cafe to look like the Billerica jail.

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  64. JOE THOMPSON

    joe here from donegal ireland….mickey ward a propper warrior,earning his money honestly,not like most of the pricks nowadays where money comes before pride or guts. HOPE THE FILM IS A BIG SUCCESS.

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  65. Jason

    @Rick Wilson – I feel so bad for you bro. You wanted to be a part of this movie so bad. Sucks dude.

    I cant wait for this movie, It’s gonna be great. Also how cool is it Mark Walberg and Christian Bale are hanging out with the extras and treating everyone in town so nicely.

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    1. Rick Wilson

      Jason, Yeah I tried even BOSTON CASTING wouldn’t reply to my request. I flew back the day after casting.Spent 10 days looking for a lead no luck….I have a 1978 poster of Dicky vs Sugar Ray…MERRY CHRISTMAS to all…

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  66. ollie

    cant wait to see film. we have claim to fame here in Donegal .Jackie Lally who boxing club they used is from home town Firendly with sister. go flag the flag Jackie

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  67. Rick Wilson

    I’d like to see Micky and or Dick respond to some of his fans. When this movie does come out Micky and Dick will be the talk of Lowell for a while. I’m proud to know both of them. I wish I was at the party when this film comes out!

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  68. raymond

    I KNOW MICKEY WARD FOR TEN YEARS AND DICKEY ECLUND THEY ARE MY ROLE MODELS IF IT WASN’T FOR THEM I WOULDN’T GOT THE CALL TO BE EXTRA IN THE MOVIE FIGHTER I LOVE MICKEY AND DICKEY AS A BROTHERS THE ARE THE PRIDE AND JOEY IN THE BOXING WORLD I CANT WAIT UNTIL THE MOVIE COMES OUT I BEEN DIEING TO SEE WHEN IT IS BEING RELEASE.THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME IN READING MY ARTCAL RAYMOND ROCKY HEBERT ‘

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  69. raymond Hebert Jr

    HI MICK I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL THE MOVIE THE FIGHTER IS RELEASE I’V BEEN DIEING TOO SEE YOU AT THE GYM . ALSO MICK PEOPLE IN THE HAVERHILL AREA WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU AND DICKEY I WORK WITH PEOPLE WITH DIABILTYS I WORK AT THE HAVERHILL CLUB HOUSE THEY WOULD LIKE TOO SET UP A TIME IN YOUR SCHEDULE I KNOW YOUR BUSY I WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU I WILL GIVE YOU A CALL IF YOU DON’T RESPOND LOVE YOUR FREND ROCKY HEBERT

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  70. Rocky Hebert

    HI EVERY ONE THIS IS ROCKY HEBERT I HAVE SOME GREAT NEWS IRISH MICKEY WARD IS COMING TOO HAVERHILL MA. TO MEET ALOT OF PEOPLE AT TTHE HAVERHILL CLUB HOUSE HE WILL BE THERE AT 11 O’CLOCK ON WENSDAY MAY 4 2010 IF YOU WANNT TOO SHOW UP E-MIAL ME raymondhebert95@yahoo.com

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  71. Beantown

    Micky, thank you for showing the “heart of a lion” and some of the best action fights I ever seen! Movie comes out in December.

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  72. Mikey Coffman

    HI if Dick, Mickey see this message I’ve been trying to get a hold of Tammy, can you ask her to give Mikey Coffman a call on my home phone, She should have my number. Tell Aunt Alice I said hello and I send my love. I haven’t seen any off the family since my dad passed away 8yrs ago. I just want to find out how Aunt Alice is and to check on Aunt Phyllis is?( I Hope she is still with us.) Thanks a lot and Good Luck with all you do and God Bless. :)

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  73. Stephen Limperis

    Just came across this blog and it was great reading all the hype. Heard about this movie a few years back but lost track of it. Now I am really pumped to see it. I went to Lowell High with Micky (class of 1983) and was good friends with him while in high school. Dick and Mickey had a relative (half brother I think) named Lestar Parks who I hung with while in high school who lived on Bridge street. Does anyone know what happend to him and if they were going to include him in the movie

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