Production is following "The Dark Knight" actor Bale as Ward's drug-addicted brother, Dickie Eklund, as he faces charges in criminal court and then heads to lock up. Bale was spotted in character, heading for lunch break at the Rogers School located at 43 Highland St., dressed in sweats and covered in blood.
Wahlberg, back in town after wedding model Rhea Durham in Los Angeles, was also on set.
The irony? The real Ward is facing a legal battle in a civil court down the hall after the stepfather of Ward's wife, Kevin Nolette, alleges the boxing legend punched him several times on the back porch of Nolette's home during a confrontation on May 28, 2008.
"The Fighter" tells the story of Boston fighter "Irish" Micky Ward (Wahlberg) and how he was helped to the world lightweight championship by half-brother Eklund (Bale). Adams is Charlene, a gritty bartender from Massachusetts who ends up dating Wahlberg's character. Adams joins veteran actress Melissa Leo, who is playing Bale and Wahlberg's mother, Alice.
Production for the made-in-Massachusetts flick, indicated by yellow "GIX" signs, is slotted to continue in Lowell throughout August.
On Thursday, Aug. 20, crews plan to film a date scene with Wahlberg and Adams between 4 p.m. and 4 a.m. at the Lexington Flick movie theater located at 1794 Mass. Ave. in Lexington.
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--Sign photo by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo