Why Mark Wahlberg should scrap plans for a 'Fighter' sequel

melissa-leo-christian-bale-mark-wahlberg-amy-adams-fighter.jpgIn a recent interview in Entertainment Weekly, Mark Wahlberg let drop that he's "in the early stages" of planning a sequel to his Academy Award-winning movie "The Fighter."

"Everybody had such an amazing experience making the movie that I can't imagine they wouldn't want to go back," said Wahlberg in the interview. "But it's still kind in the early stages."

But because there has only ever been one sequel in the history of filmdom that has lived up to (even exceeded) it's predecessor ("The Empire Strikes Back"), we are here to make the case to Mark Wahlberg to reconsider and just move on to another project.

So, without further ado, five reasons why "The Fighter" should not be sequelized:

1. An old adage: Leave well enough alone.

2. "Rocky II" through "Rocky VI." It's the principal of diminishing returns. How long would it be until the franchise devolves into Micky Ward fighting Dolph Lundgren and Mr. T?

3. How many times can Christian Bale drop his weight down to that of a Chihuahua before he starts losing teeth, hair and his mind?

4. We all watched Melissa Leo's F-bomb-spiked Oscar acceptance speech and her cringe-worthy personal "For Your Consideration" campaign. We're just a little bit worried about her ability to handle any additional accolades, no matter how deserved. Although, a stinky sequel could work in her favor by neutralizing a little of her crazy. Hmm.

5. Honestly, we'd rather see a big screen treatment of "Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals":



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