Actress Amy Adams stepped into the boxing ring in preparation for her role in The Fighter - to prove she was rough enough to play the girlfriend of Mark Wahlberg's brawler character Mickey Ward.

Director David O. Russell wanted the Enchanted star to appear as Wahlberg's love interest in the legendary boxer's biopic, but he wasn't entirely convinced she could pull off the part as tough-talking Charlene Fleming.  So she pulled on her boxing gloves and learned how to throw a punch or two to satisfy the filmmaker.

She says, "I did have to take some boxing lessons. David, when he cast me, told me I didn't look like a girl who could throw a punch, so I had to prove him wrong."
 
However, Adams insists she was born with the fighting spirit - because she comes from a big family: "I'm one of seven kids so you have to fight for everything! It was relatable."




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