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Overnight the Oscar to Christian Bale

Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg in Fighting

Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg in Fighting Photo Credit: Handout

Michael Bentt knows a thing or two about boxing. He was a highly decorated amateur boxer and, as a pro, he won the WBO heavyweight championship. He knocked out Tommy Morrison on HBO to claim that title.

He also knows a thing or two about acting. He played Sonny Liston the movie, "Ali." But he has not just been cast as a boxer. He played Herbert Youngblood opposite Johnny Depp in "Public Enemies."

After watching "The Fighter," he emailed the Neutral Corner with his take on Christian Bale.

"Christian Bale upped the bar while embracing all of the interior pain of his character's disappointments and betrayals. Brando's Terry Molloy (his character in "On the Waterfront") had pain that was introverted - a clinched fist wrapped around a broken heart that's trying to slip under his world's radar- until he stood up to and then testified against Johnny Friendly.

"Bales' Dickey Eklund, on the other hand, speeds around blindfolded in fifth gear with unhinged charisma, beseeching the world to acknowledge, praise and pity him. He loved hard, tried to drown himself with drink and drugs hard, sexed hard, cussed hard, fought hard and cried hard. All of those elements were conveyed by Bale with a sadness, with that glazed over thousand-yard stare, that perhaps announces the presence of dementia. A hands down, all out scintillating and transcending performance by Bale. Might as well overnight him the Academy Award now."


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