"When I first read about that guy, I thought, 'Oh my goodness, I don't think I like this person'. But when I got to know him, the crack addict... and he was a criminal... the guy's a sweetheart. You get him on a bad day, which has happened... He's a sweetheart of a person, who loves his family and his children, loves his brother." Moviemaker David O. Russell on his first impressions of Dicky Eklund as he researched The Fighter. Christian Bale won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the colourful character.