Mark Wahlberg was so determined to be apart of The Fighter, he actually finished the movie in some debt.
Mark confessed he spent $500,000 more than he earned paying for the worlds best trainers to make The Fighter as believable as possible.
He told Sports Illustrated: "There are many, many boxing movies, and I love most of them. But I knew that the thing that would set us apart was if the fights looked more real, and I looked more like a boxer than anyone else who's done it in the past.
“I spent more money paying my trainers and having them travel with me than I got paid, by a good half a million dollars."
Looks like his dedication paid off--he was nominated for Best Actor for a Golden Globe yesterday and is getting a ton of Oscar buzz. Money can't buy you that kind of praise!