The Fighter turns Hollywood's admiring eyes on Lowell

There are 20 comments on the Dec 10, 2010, Lowell Sun story titled The Fighter turns Hollywood's admiring eyes on Lowell. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Although Hollywood once knocked Lowell down, The Fighter is now picking the city back up.

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lowellborn

Dracut, MA

#1 Dec 10, 2010
Dickie Ecklund was portrayed as a crack in the other movie because that's exactly what he was, is and will always be... and mickey ward is a murderer, its great what you're boxing title & money can let you get away with... just ask those of us who grew up with them
ben

AOL

#2 Dec 11, 2010
Don't start with the lies!
I'm Happy for all of Lowell and the people that live there!
Cheers!
F N Hadit

Belmont, MA

#3 Dec 11, 2010
Why is it that the "hero" worship in Lowell always seems to be focused on drunks and drug addicts?

Since: Aug 08

Lowell

#4 Dec 11, 2010
F N Hadit wrote:
Why is it that the "hero" worship in Lowell always seems to be focused on drunks and drug addicts?
My thoughts exactly...its embarassing.
A Very Proud American

New Haven, CT

#5 Dec 11, 2010
I, too, was born and raised in Lowell - and I long for the Lowell and the good people of those years. Certainly NOT the city it has become and is today - a cesspool of welfare cheats, home invaders, murderers, and thugs - not that the politicians are excluded. "Admiring eyes to Lowell" - what is there to admire in the 2010 Lowell? Take off the rose-colored glasses and see it for what it has become.
wolfie

Amherst, MA

#6 Dec 11, 2010
The Ward/Ecklund family have been wrong side of the law most of their lives. I am glad all is forgiven and they able to socialize with Lowell's upstanding citizens that have thrown away all good sense to have a brush with celebrity. It's almost biblical. Next time someone calls these men local heroes,maybe they should think of all of the people and their families they have victimized.
Musty Mike

Billerica, MA

#8 Dec 11, 2010
I see they named the rotary near the cinema after him this week with a great big sign
wait

Lowell, MA

#9 Dec 11, 2010
A Very Proud American wrote:
I, too, was born and raised in Lowell - and I long for the Lowell and the good people of those years. Certainly NOT the city it has become and is today - a cesspool of welfare cheats, home invaders, murderers, and thugs - not that the politicians are excluded. "Admiring eyes to Lowell" - what is there to admire in the 2010 Lowell? Take off the rose-colored glasses and see it for what it has become.
I grew up in the highlands, live in Pawtucketville. My sister lives in Belvidere. Where the hell are you talking about? Every CITY has pockets of crime and other vice. Get out of your sty and walk around downtown. It is much nicer than it has been in decades.
Pitdog

Billerica, MA

#10 Dec 11, 2010
wait wrote:
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I grew up in the highlands, live in Pawtucketville. My sister lives in Belvidere. Where the hell are you talking about? Every CITY has pockets of crime and other vice. Get out of your sty and walk around downtown. It is much nicer than it has been in decades.
I have to disagree.I would enjoy walking down town Lowell back in the 70's and 80's and even into the 90's .My kids went to Lowell High and had no problems,But the complexion of the city has changed for the worse.If you grew up in the Highlands then you know first hand how much that once great area has been infested with drugs and scumbags and gangbangers.I see the "Pockets of Crime" expanding .
A Very Proud American

New Haven, CT

#11 Dec 11, 2010
wait wrote:
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I grew up in the highlands, live in Pawtucketville. My sister lives in Belvidere. Where the hell are you talking about? Every CITY has pockets of crime and other vice. Get out of your sty and walk around downtown. It is much nicer than it has been in decades.
Try driving around the acre, once a bastion to French, Syrian, Greeks etc; try Branch St (at least two murders/or attempts in the past 18 mos as I recall; Westford St, lower Andover St, High St, Middlesex St, Gorham, etc etc. Downtown looks good? Really, a few bars, some "coffee bars", a nice restaurant or two, a what about those great stores to shop in???? Let's see, junky clothes that 15-19 year old kids would wear...what else???? pizza joints, taco/mexican style food places, Dunkin Donuts....what else? Sure makes me want to rush on down and spend my money and time....By the way, I do not live in a sty and it was extremely rude of you to write such a comment.
loweller

Kansas City, MO

#12 Dec 11, 2010
A Very Proud American wrote:
<quoted text>Try driving around the acre, once a bastion to French, Syrian, Greeks etc; try Branch St (at least two murders/or attempts in the past 18 mos as I recall; Westford St, lower Andover St, High St, Middlesex St, Gorham, etc etc. Downtown looks good? Really, a few bars, some "coffee bars", a nice restaurant or two, a what about those great stores to shop in???? Let's see, junky clothes that 15-19 year old kids would wear...what else???? pizza joints, taco/mexican style food places, Dunkin Donuts....what else? Sure makes me want to rush on down and spend my money and time....By the way, I do not live in a sty and it was extremely rude of you to write such a comment.
I'll have to agree with what wait said. I'm not sure where you grew up or if you have even lived in Lowell for long but the town is night and day compared to the 70's 80's and 90's. Not sure how you can't be a bit proud of the city. Between all the beautiful parks to walk or picnic at to the reconstruction of the old mill buildings as well as sport arenas.
local observer

Dracut, MA

#13 Dec 11, 2010
wolfie wrote:
The Ward/Ecklund family have been wrong side of the law most of their lives. I am glad all is forgiven and they able to socialize with Lowell's upstanding citizens that have thrown away all good sense to have a brush with celebrity. It's almost biblical. Next time someone calls these men local heroes,maybe they should think of all of the people and their families they have victimized.
interesting commentary...

Rita is purely-driven white trash, however, and would have been a prospective dating partner to the thug Ecklund...(and is wicked dumb).

not a lot of brains (or teeth) in evidence here....
justme

Lowell, MA

#14 Dec 11, 2010
F N Hadit wrote:
Why is it that the "hero" worship in Lowell always seems to be focused on drunks and drug addicts?
Well, NO ONE is perfect and people can and do change. AND you are free to worship anyone else you may admire.

BTW, there are famous people from Lowell that were not as hard scrabble. So your contention is incorrect, not to mention cynical and one that smacks of jealousy.
Sk1ds

Lowell, MA

#15 Dec 11, 2010
Lowell has a lot of good and bad. It's the biggest city in the area with the most going on. When there is an election, Lowell is the city with the highest votes. Lowell has a university that people all over the state come to, and much of the university is very nice. When people from around the world get jobs in hi tech companies around the area, Lowell is one of the first place they start root. Talk to everybody and Lowell is part of them in one way or another. From school, work, living, etc. Companies from around the area choose lowell to have company parties. Lowell is a lot like other big cities where there is a lot of opportunities and bad living side by side.
dracut mom

Lowell, MA

#17 Dec 11, 2010
going to see the movie tomorrow...
so bad

Lowell, MA

#18 Dec 11, 2010
Lowell is a good place to live and to visit. I really enjoy living in Lowell and walking in downtown Lowell. There are a lot of good and bad things everywhere.
Rich

Tyngsboro, MA

#19 Dec 11, 2010
F N Hadit wrote:
Why is it that the "hero" worship in Lowell always seems to be focused on drunks and drug addicts?
I agree. Must every book and movie about Lowell be about drugs?

I hope the Farrell (spell?) book doesn't make the big screen. Seems like a nice guy and I hope he writes about other things.
Rich

Tyngsboro, MA

#20 Dec 11, 2010
justme wrote:
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Well, NO ONE is perfect and people can and do change. AND you are free to worship anyone else you may admire.
BTW, there are famous people from Lowell that were not as hard scrabble. So your contention is incorrect, not to mention cynical and one that smacks of jealousy.
It isn't about jealousy. I hate drunks and drug addicts. Have YOU ever lost a relative to a drunk driver?
Ron

Tyngsboro, MA

#21 Dec 11, 2010
I won't see the movie. I don't find drugs the least bit interesting.

Druggies should NOT get housing or a Social Security "crazy check".

I do wish Ward the former boxer well however.
LoHell

Lowell, MA

#22 Dec 11, 2010
I have grown up in Lowell all my life and I remember as a kid not even to have to lock our doors, now we need deadbolts and some kind of protection close by at all times....My brother was murdered in Lowell and it had NOTHING to do at all with drugs or gang, he was at the wrong place (his house) at the wrong damn time, alls he did was answer his door and the person on the other side of the door thought it was his roommate but I can remember back in the day it was not this bad at all, life for example when I was a kid you never heard of a 10-12 year old bringing a gun, knife or weed to school, it was whoever had the most hostess cakes was the bad a$$. I also do give Ward credit for all hes been through and accomplished. Cant wait to see the movie myself :D

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