ByMatt Juul, writer at
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Matt Juul

Whether it's going claw-to-claw with Hugh Jackman's Wolverine or getting his hands dirty as Ray Donovan, Liev Schrieber has been in his fair share of on-screen brawls over the years, which is why his latest project is perfect for him.

In a new interview hyping his recently released film, Chuck, Schrieber opens up about taking on the story of Chuck Wepner, the former boxer who served as the real-life inspiration for Sylvester Stallone's . As you can imagine, things got a bit physical on the set, but that's just how the actor liked it.

"Fortunately, we limited all the fights to three days," Schrieber told NESN. "So at the end of the production schedule, in the event that my face would get smashed, we would have already shot the rest of the film."

The Ray Donovan star says that he worked with a former Golden Gloves champion out of Massachusetts while filming the fight scenes, who luckily left his famous face intact.

"[He] was able to control his punches so much that he didn't hurt me," Schrieber joked. "I just felt like it was hard to do a film about boxing, in particular about Chuck Wepner, without contact. I think so much that defined him as a fighter and as a man is his ability to take a punch and move forward."

Chuck is now in theaters.


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