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Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg's 'The Fighter': Melissa Leo in negotiations

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Oscar-nominated Melissa Leo (Frozen River) is negotiating to join Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg in Paramount’s boxing film, The Fighter. Variety reports that Leo will play the mother of Boston pugilist Micky Ward (Wahlberg), who won the lightweight title with the help of his ne’re-do-well half-brother (Bale).