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Sports movies continue to evolve

Originally Published: December 23, 2010
By Bill Simmons | ESPN.com

"But you don't understand … it took Mark Wahlberg years to make this movie! It was a labor of love! He remained in boxing shape since 2005, woke up at 4 in the morning to keep training, sparred for thousands of hours, never gave up even after watching the project fall through multiple times. … IT WAS A LABOR OF LOVE!!!!!!!!!"

That's been this month's media spin for "The Fighter," an impeccably acted drama about two brothers -- a boxer and his addict trainer -- ...

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