Everyone remember when Eddie Murphy pretty much locked up the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Dreamgirls? But then he ruined it by allowing Norbit to see the light of day? Mark Wahlberg is trying to do the reverse.
See, after recently finding a Transformer, Wahlberg has gone through the standard Oscar paces. He appears to be taking a real stab at the award with the upcoming The Gambler, a remake of the 1974 James Caan vehicle which may or may not be based on the the Kenny Rogers’ song of the same name (I’m not quite sure, I haven’t gotten that far into my research yet). The movie is scheduled for wide release January 2015, but will be shown at the AFI Fest in November to make sure it’s Oscar eligible. He’s playing a flawed, but still sympathetic character in a gritty ensemble piece exploring the emotional toll and dark underbelly of addiction. And he lost weight for the role. It’s the trifecta, people. Let’s take a look.
It doesn’t look like it could be bad. Or, I should say, it doesn’t look like it could be unwatchable. Michael K. Williams, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson, John Goodman saying “fuck” a lot. These are things I would watch all day. But I hope this doesn’t mean Wahlberg is giving up on comedic roles. Wahlberg gets a little too stressed out with nothing but serious roles. Things could get ugly.