Family Reacts to “The Fighter”

From left: Mark Wahlberg, “Irish’’ Micky Ward, and director David O. Russell at last night’s screening of “The Fighter’’ in Hingham. (Bill Brett for The Boston Globe)

Globe A&E writers Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein note some reactions to “The Fighter” shown last night in a Hingham charity preview. The buzz continued for the “Oscar-worthy” performances of  Christian Bale as Dick Eckland and Melissa Leo as family matriarch Alice Ward. Apparently Alice is accepting of her portrayal,  not so pleased – one of the seven sisters:

At a private screening for family and friends in Lowell this week, Phyllis Eklund, one of Ward’s seven sisters, was less than impressed. Played in the film by Conan O’Brien’s sister, Kate, Phyllis angrily walked out of the movie and was overheard afterward saying, “I don’t like it.’’

For a list of the stars and celebrities who attended the Hingham event – and more – read the Globe article here.

The Lowell premiere of “The Fighter” and pre-preview reception is scheduled for tonight. Stay-tuned for more reactions.


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