'How F**king Dare' Anyone Compare Acting to Being In the Military, Rants Mark Wahlberg
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'How F**king Dare' Anyone Compare Acting to Being In the Military, Rants Mark Wahlberg

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | November 13, 2013 | Comments ()


Mark Wahlberg will play Marcus Luttrell in Lone Survivor, a movie out in January about the real-life failed mission of SEAL Team 10 when they were asked to capture notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd. Lutrell was the only member of his team to survive, which is sad news for Wahlberg’s co-stars in the film, Ben Foster, Taylor Kitch, and Emile Hirsch. During a Q&A after the World Premiere of the film, in which Marcus Luttrell was also in attendance, Wahlberg was asked about the difficulty of the shoot, and ended up going on a rant against actors who complain about their very “difficult” lives as actors.

“I don’t know it just hit me in a way that uh … I don’t know, it just really upset me that those guys were never gonna see their families again. For actors to sit there and talk about ‘Oh I went to SEAL training,’ and I slept on the — I don’t give a fuck what you did. You don’t do what these guys did. For somebody to sit there and say my job was as difficult as somebody in the military’s. How fucking dare you. While you sit in a makeup chair for two hours … I don’t give a shit if you get your ass busted. You get to go home at the end of the day. You get to go to your hotel room. You get to order fucking chicken. Or your steak. Whatever the fuck it is.”“

There we go! That’s the Mark Wahlberg we love: The blue-collar f**k you guy that frequently speaks off-the-cuff without prior approval from his publicist.

Wahlberg also gave huge props to Ben Foster, with whom he has starred before (in Contraband) and how he gave up half his salary so that Foster could be in Lone Survivor.

“People talk about what do we do to bond the way that those guys bonded. We just knew what they did. It didn’t matter. I didn’t have to say a word to Emile (Hirsch) or a word to Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster … who’s my brother even though he’s the kind of actor who wants to continuously debate the debate and everything else … and I love him for it … I gave him half my salary, whatever I gave him, to do it because I knew how great he was and for us to be on that mountain together and in the end of it, I could just look at him and it would break my heart knowing that - God, that’s my brother and I may never see him again.”

But I think my favorite part of the Q&A came when Wahlberg realized that he’d probably said too much, after he complimented Peter Berg for the way he directed Lone Survivor.

“I love Pete for what he did and how committed he was. He would never let any one of us forget about what was important in the course of making the movie and whether it was Marcus or the other SEAL guys. If they saw something that didn’t ring true, I don’t care if it was going to be the biggest stunt sequence in the movie, they would cut, call bullshit, and grab all of us by the fucking back of the neck and say ‘No, do it this way, and do it right and make it real’ and if you don’t it’s a problem. I was really proud to be a part of that. And I’m sorry for losing my shit. I’m gonna … (inaudible, applause). Don’t ask any more questions tonight.”

“It’s been a long night,” Berg said.

“No, it’s just getting started,” Wahlberg replied. “I’m gonna find my second wind and we’re gonna celebrate this fuckin’ movie. … just don’t ask me any more questions.”

God bless you, Wahlberg. You can be a dick sometimes, but you’re almost always a well-intentioned dick with your heart in the right place. I’m still not so sure about that reality series that he and his brother, Donnie, are starring in about their hamburger restaurant, though.

(Source: The Wrap)

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Strand

    I take it that so long as Peter Berg directs movies, Taylor Kitsch's career isn't entirely in the sewer? 12 months ago, he would have been the male lead in this movie.

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    Ugh. Quit trying to make me like the Wahlberg. It's cold out. I'm cranky. And I'm out of whiskey.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Can you imagine being on set with Wahlberg and David O. Russel. That's gotta be pretty intense.

  • $78742978

    Yeah, he did half-blind a guy in a racially provoked attack and forgave himself for it, but what the heck, he's charming.


  • Mrs. Julien

    Thank you! I'm always the one who points that out and was refraining. Did Wahlberg ever apologise or make any kind of restitution? I've never seen him appropriately horrified by his actions.

  • Pitry


    Y'know, I believe that people can change, even 18-years-old racist scumbags. But Wahlberg's "I've forgiven myself, I don't need to apologise to my victims" attitude shows pretty much that he hasn't truly changed - or at the very least, doesn't understand what was so horrifying about his 18 year old self.

    Between that and the whole 9/11 quote... yeah. Even a broken clock shows the correct time twice a day, as the cliche goes. Sure, he's right about calling out the bullshit of a lot of the other actors. Just a shame he doesn't apply the same logic to himself. We love Mark Wahlberg? I don't.

  • $78742978

    I think I read somewhere that he said something along the lines of "I managed to forgive myself" which is rich. In looking for the quote I found this article which seems to indicate he's still racist.


    As if you need more proof that he's still racist than the character of Lloyd from Entourage. What an effing minstrel show that guy was, for Asian Americans and homosexuals alike.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    I like Mahk Walhberg best when he's talking to animals.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    And trees.

  • John G.

    So does Wahlberg have enough clout to call out Tom Cruise like that? He's not just the world's most famous movie star. He also has a religion that seems to be made entirely of sue happy lawyers.

  • IngridToday

    At least Tom Cruise did spend his teens years throwing rocks and racially insulting black kids or attacking Asian men and leaving one permanently blind in one eye.

  • Maguita NYC

    But his latest sue-happiness has pretty much backfired... Maybe he'd watch his step from now on, and try to be more fact-based and firmly grounded in reality. Or not. Xenu entertainment at its best/worst.

  • Devin McMusters

    At least Marky has the sense to dislike his brother's bat-shit crazy girlfriend. (according to the internet, at least.)

  • I've always liked Mark Wahlberg. Also, I would eat the fahk out of a Wahlburger if I lived in Baahstin.

  • BWeaves

    That sounded really dirty.

  • Twillahiss

    Dirty but kind of delicious.

  • Going back and re-reading it, if ever there was a comment that called for a 'Phrasing!' gif, yeah, it'd be that one.

  • Maguita NYC

    I like Walhberg fine enough, and his rants seem to be directed at the likes of Tom Cruise and the rest of the snotty whiny disconnected gang. And rightly so. But what I dislike most, is when actors forget their own stated and very much public words.

    "The talented actor told Men’s Journal that had he been aboard the plane that crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11, he would’ve made sure it landed safely.

    In an exclusive interview with OMGG.com this morning, the star took it one step further.

    “Not sure why SEAL Team Six has been getting all the credit for Osama bin Laden’s death,” said Wahlberg. “I was actually the one who pulled the trigger.”

    I don't know if I'm suffering from Selective Memory Syndrome, but it seems to me Mr. Walhberg has indeed shown some insensitivity in the past, when it comes to those who sacrificed their lives in a very tragic and horrifying manner.

  • sweetcrabsalad

    THANK YOU! l actually registered only to super like your comment.

  • Maguita NYC

    You actually faced Disqus and won?!

    Seriously though, welcome! Hope you get to hone your snarking skills and bitch with the best of them.

    But more seriously, Dustin, do I get some sort of commission on every new membership?... Or are you actually crying for gaining yet another critic on everything you write?

  • $3647259

    I'm so glad that you brought that up. Because the moment I read his comments I thought: "That's rich coming from the guy who once said he would have single-handedly stopped 9/11 from happening".

  • ZombieNurse

    I've often wondered if he meant that literally, or if he was just being all bang and bluster about it because he would have wanted to be able to stop such a terrible thing. Like when someone says "Yeah, if I'd been there, I wouldn't have let that guy shoot me, I'd have punched him in the dick!" They wouldn't have done that, of course, but they'd like to think they could. He seems like too much of a meathead to really believe he could have kept that from happening.

  • Maguita NYC

    The first time I read this, could not believe it and had to look it up on TMZ. Very much torn between exasperation and disbelief!

  • $3647259

    Not only that, but the way he described it sounded like the final action scene from one of his shitty movies:

    “If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn’t have went down like it did.

    There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, ‘OK, we’re going to land somewhere safely, don’t worry.’”

  • Maguita NYC

    It is not only arrogant, for no one knows how you'd react when faced with terrorists on an AIRPLANE, but it is also insulting to minimize the heroics many of the passengers went for in trying to change the planes' trajectories. Nothing to say of their horrifying final moments.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Mark Walhberg only half the time remembers what Mark Walhberg has said.

  • Maguita NYC

    So he's the poor chronic sufferer of Selective Memory Syndrome; Aww Mark!

    Say Zeke, you're creative and know how to treat bullshit: Know of any medicinal or treatments that would cure Mr. Walhberg of his SMS?

  • zeke_the_pig

    I find that - what usually works for me - is a steaming mug of hot coffee. To the face.
    Also there's a fist in the coffee.

  • hapl0

    Does this mean ppl will stop making fun of his height now?

  • Maguita NYC


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