Christian Bale gave a special shout-out to the man behind his Oscar-winning portrayal in The Fighter, Dicky Eklund, during his acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor at Sunday’s Academy Awards. The result of his kind words — he crashed the boxer’s website!
Kerry Eklund, Dicky’s daughter and publicist, told TMZ, that Christian’s shout-out to Dicky’s website drove a ridiculous amount of traffic, and the platform couldn’t handle it, reportedly jumping from around 500 hits to nearly 10,000.
“He’s had a wonderful story, and I can’t wait to see the next chapter of his story. If you want to be a champ if you want to train with him, go meet him… DickEklund.com.”
Luckily, the site is up and running again, and Kerry said Dicky is ready to take his training schedule to the next level.
Catch Christian’s acceptance speech below! The Dicky shout-out is around the 1-minute mark!