Patriots gather to watch film 'The Fighter'

Patriots gather to watch film 'The Fighter'
August 25, 2011, 3:45 pm
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By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com Celtics Insider
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FOXBORO Bill Belichick had his team gather to watch some film Wednesday night . . . with a twist.

Instead of the usual set of shoulder-pad-wearing men running, pushing and hitting one another on the big screen, they got a chance to view a different set of characters.

Belichick and the Patriots gathered to watch the movie, "The Fighter," which is based on the life of local boxing legend Micky Ward.

Not only did the players get a chance to see the movie, but they also had a chance to meet Ward himself.

"We've been in camp for a long time; been watching a lot of film at night," Belichick said. "Practice film, opponent film. We decided to go to the movies, popcorn, candy out there, relax a little bit."

Belichick added, "Sometimes your team works hard, they deserve a break from the normal routine. They enjoyed it. It was a good night."

The movie was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It also won a pair of Oscars for Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale who portrayed Micky's older brother, Dicky Eklund) and Best Supporting Actress (Melissa Leo who portrayed Alice Ward, Micky's mother).

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn