I’ve been looking for an image of this poster for years, pretty much ever since the movie originally came out in 1996 (I think). The Mouse is based on the true story of Bruce “The Mouse” Strauss, the most losing-est boxer in history (he figured that even if you get knocked out, you get money, so who cares if you lose). He’s a local legend, and when he trained and wanted to win, he was actually a good fighter. I just love the poster (if you look really close, on his forehead it says “Hit Me”). Last night, I was at a bar that The Mouse frequents and found not only the movie poster but his signature adorning it. It was part of my inspiration for Golden Boy, and if the movie is ever released on DVD, I’ll be snapping it up — it’s pretty hilarious to watch John Savage portray The Mouse. Just a sweet guy trying to make a buck for his family, and finding the easiest way to do it was to get hit… a lot.
This is the best news I’ve heard in awhile: Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon are going to be in a movie about Micky Ward. A lot of people knock boxing, but if you haven’t seen any of the Ward v. Gatti fights, try and find them. It’s what boxing is truly about, and the fights helped reinvigorate the sport. Many call the first fight “The Fight of the Century,” and it actually lives up to the name. These two beat the crap out of each other, breaking their hands and sharing a hospital room afterwards as they recuperated. The fights are amazingly brutal because the two of them are just that fucking tough.
Not surprisingly, they are good friends now.
If you are a Dropkick Murphy’s fan, the song “The Warrior’s Code” is about Micky Ward.
Here is the item I saw about the movie. I agree with Cinematical; hopefully they don’t get too sentimental with the thing.
And of course, here is the Wikipedia entry on Ward.
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