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Madison Square Garden Bowl was located at 48th Street and Northern Boulevard in Long Island City, Queens. The bowl was torn down after World War II.
Rosemarie DeWitt, who plays the neighbor Sara Wilson, is the granddaughter of the real Jimmy Braddock. She is the daughter of his daughter Rosemarie, who is portrayed by Ariel Waller in the film.
Professional boxers played Jimmy Braddock's opponents. They were told to land their blows as close to Russell Crowe's body as possible. Unfortunately, they sometimes couldn't pull back in time and ended up injuring Crowe.
After the film's release many boxing analysts and even Max Baer's son, Max Baer Jr. decried the movie for its historical liberties taken with Max Baer. Specifically, that he had killed two men in the ring (he did kill one and an opponent he'd KO'd died a few weeks after their bout for reasons unrelated to the fight) and that he took pride in that fact. Max Baer Jr. has said that his father was always haunted by the memories of killing a man in the ring.
This Depression-era drama made headlines for being not only one of the best reviewed films of 2005, but one of the least well attended. After four weeks of release the film had taken around US$50 million, which even during the box-office slump of the time was a disappointment, especially considering the good buzz. AMC Theatres hoped to keep the film and started a unique offer of a money-back guarantee. Ticket buyers who did not like the film were promised that their money would be refunded, no questions asked.
Russell Crowe lost more than 50 pounds, weighing only 176 pounds for his role (compare to 228 pounds in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)).
Crowe suffered from several concussions and cracked teeth.
Russell Crowe dislocated his shoulder while training for the film's boxing sequences, which delayed the filming two months.
15,000 blow up dummies with masks and hats where used to fill in the seating while filming the final fight.
Braddock's African-American corner man in the film as well as in real life was Joe Jeanette (played by Ron Canada). Jeanette himself was a top flight heavyweight contender during the 1900s to the 1910s, but never received a title shot, due to the racial climate of the time. He owned the New Jersey gym in which Braddock often trained.
The cinematographer invented a "tire-cam" which is a camera cushioned inside a tire and behind Plexiglas. This allowed the professional boxers to hit the tire to create realistic reactions from a first-person point-of-view.
Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton and Mark Wahlberg were all considered for the role of Jimmy Braddock
Max Baer, who's paternal grandfather was Jewish, boxed with a Star of David embroidered on his trunks. The star is visible on Baer's red trunks throughout his fight with Braddock in the final fight scene.
The real Jimmy Braddock weighed 17 lbs at birth. He was one of 5 boys and 2 girls born to his Irish parents.
The story Jimmy Braddock tells of his kids confusing the word "title" with the word "turtle" is true. A reporter asked Braddock's son Howard Braddock what he would do if his father brought home the title young Howard replied that he'd "play with it. Pull it around on a string".
One of the boxers portrayed in the film was Frankie Campbell. Campbell's real name was Frankie Camilli. His brother was Brooklyn Dodger all star first baseman Dolph Camilli.
Canadian boxer Wayne Gordon taught Russell Crowe how to box for the movie. Gordon donated a pair of gloves worn by Crowe to the museum in Melfort, Saskatchewan, where Gordon's father is from.
According to Steve Kroft during an interview with Russell Crowe on an episode of 60 Minutes (1968), the role of Jimmy Braddock is Crowe's personal favorite.
At one time, Penny Marshall was intended to direct the film.
The streetcars used in the movie are owned by the Halton County Radial Railway Museum, which has a huge collection of streetcars near Milton, Ontario, Canada.
The movie, which cost around $90 million to make, did less well than expected, taking around $60 million at the US box office.
Was originally intended to be directed by Lasse Hallström.
Clive Owen was also considered for the lead role.

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