It just so happened I had the great pleasure and happen-chance to meet the real fighter of Mark Wahlberg’s 2010, The Fighter. Today, in the late afternoon I met Micky Ward and his brother Dick Eklund.
Coincidentally, I just saw the movie this past Tuesday night or I would have never recognized these guys. I was walking down the hill past RISD Beach when I looked over and thought, “Those guys look oddly familiar.” I crossed the street but kept looking at them because then I started to place them. I couldn’t help but take the chance, so I crossed back over to the other side as they passed the Baptist church.
I stopped in front of them and said, ” I’m sorry, you guys look familiar, may I ask your name?” Micky Ward replies really nicely, “Yeh, I’m Micky and this is Dick.” That’s when I start blurting out how I just saw their movie and wanted to say hi, and blah blah blah, I think I definitely tripped over my words being “star” struck and so happy that I was right and it was really them!
They were very nice and apparently looking to meet up with RISD people at the auditorium for an interview. I helped walk them to the auditorium since I was headed that way and spoke with Dick Eklund along the way. He was very kind, gave me hugs and asked if I liked the movie.
Here are the pics I got with them! Just another day on RISD Campus!