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)