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Before Christian Bale departed for France to promote his new movie, "Terminator Salvation," the hot-tempered actor wandered around Lowell researching his role in "The Fighter." Bale is set to play Dickie Ecklund, half-brother and onetime trainer of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward, in the movie being directed by David O. Russell. (Ward will be played by Mark Wahlberg.) While in the Mill City, Bale hooked up with Ecklund and Richard Farrell, a Lowell native who helped write the script. Over 2,200 wannabe actors showed up for a casting call last weekend, and Boston Casting's holding another open call Monday for Cambodian men who speak fluent Khmer.

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Mark Shanahan joined The Boston Globe in 2003, having worked previously at the Portland Press Herald, where he covered City Hall, and the Lewiston Sun-Journal, where he was the education reporter. A Northampton native and graduate of Bates College, Shanahan enjoys the usual - books, music, movies, etc. - as well as the unusual.
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