Wahlberg says Aronofsky's Fighter on the ropes
Mark Wahlberg has been talking about his continuing preparation for Darren Aronofsky's film The Fighter, a film that was to co-star Brad Pitt. I say was because today the news comes that Brad Pitt has backed out of the film too.
The film has struggled for a lead, Matt Damon was originally up for the role and departed, and this is now the second time that Pitt has backed out of an Aronofsky film. Things aren't looking good, especially when you hear how Wahlberg is talking about the production.
Mark Wahlberg is sounding hugely negative about The Fighter, although he's still training and preparing for it. According to an interview he did for Coming Soon, he revealed more than he did with his usual short, one line answers. He revealed that the film hasn't started production as yet.
"I don't know if we're going to start...I keep on training and I don't know. We'll wait and see. Hopefully we'll get a start date one of these days and we can make the movie...It's too depressing to talk about. I get up everyday at 5:00AM to train for a movie that might not even happen. It's depressing...I've done three or four movies since I've been training for Fighter."
When pressed about what was up with the production he just replied that there were a whole bunch of things, but he keeps on training, in fact he's been training for two years now and thinks that if the production doesn't start for another six months he'll be a great on screen fighter.
The word is that he's meeting with Darren Aronofsky on Tuesday, and that will reveal just what's happening with the production.
In the meantime it looks like Brad Pitt is off the film, according to The Playlist. They caught up with him for a quick word and when they asked about The Fighter he sounded rather negative and as though he wasn't having a lot of fun with it. Worse than that they pressed him about the casting and he revealed that Brad Pitt was off the film, and that sounded a little bit of a sore subject for him. Wouldn't it be for you? After all this is the second time this has happened and he'll be none too pleased about it happening again.
There are also rumours of financing problems on the film too, so it doesn't look like it's going to be a simple road to the big screen, and that's a sad thing. Huge commercial successes Aronofsky's films may not be, but fantastically engaging and visually rich they most definitely are.
Pitt and Wahlberg would have been great on screen, and the likes of Pitt playing off of Wahlberg would have helped him pull out a strong performance. It would also be another great role for Pitt, he does seem to enjoy taking the challenging and non-mainstream roles these days, and this could have been another one for him.
What's going to happen now? Well from the sounds of it Aronofsky will be onto another film before we see The Fighter, and Wahlberg will get to keep on training.