Mark Wahlberg wanted to play the role of Micky Ward so bad in the new biopic, ‘The Fighter’, that he pretty much paid to play, rather than receiving a pay check.
Wahlberg not only took a pay cut from his usual guarantee to play the role, but he shelled out a ton of money hiring personal trainers to teach him how to fight, which included covering their travel expenses as well.
In the end, it cost him a cool $500,00
He 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.”
No biggie though, the movie is getting GREAT reviews, and not only has Wahlberg gotten a Golden Globe nom for his performance, but his co-star Christian Bale has as well.
They might be riding this train all the way to the Oscars!