The next few years are shaping up to be busy for acting stalwart Mark Wahlberg. This year alone, his name will be featured in four different projects as a producer; two of which for television. His acting will also match up to his production record, featuring the film “Broken City” and such tentative ones like the sequels for “Ted” and “Transformers.”
Wahlberg did take the time from his onslaught of burgeoning cinematic projects to speak on these topics. Wahlberg says of his involvement in “Broken City”: “Allen Hughes, the director, had called me and asked if I had read the script – I was aware of the script but I hadn’t read it yet.” Wahlberg continues to say, “So I read it right away, we met up and I said, ‘okay let’s do it…but not only do I want to act in it, but I want to produce it and I want to do it independently, because I don’t think it’ll be easy to do a movie like this under the watchful eye of a studio.’…I think maintaining creative control was far more valuable in the end.”
The thespian is notably attracted to cop dramas and explains why he loves these roles. “Serpico” and “Chinatown” — these are the movies that I grew up watching…guys like [Humphrey] Bogart, James Cagney, Robert Ryan, Edward G. Robinson – those were the kind of guys that I grew up watching with my dad. So those are the kind of movies that really kind of pique my interest.” Wahlberg also went on to say that he would be very excited to play John Roberts who was the subject of the documentary “Cocaine Cowboys.”
He also touched upon the subject of “Ted” and “Transformers.” “I could tell you that we’re doing “Transformers” starting at the end of May, and then “Ted” in September. You know I can’t give you too many story points or Michael will not be happy. But I can tell you that I’m very excited, obviously I had a great working relationship with Michael on “Pain & Gain.”
For more on Mark Wahlberg’s latest, see the just-released “Broken City” which also features Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Jeffery Wright.