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Finally someone has told Hollywood celebrities what the general public has always wanted to tell them when it comes to their views and politics: SHUT UP! What’s even better is it was a celebrity who said it.

Actor Mark Wahlberg (or “Marky Mark” as some of us remember him during his music days) was at a presser for his new movie Patriots Day when he made the comments to Task & Purpose – a news outlet whose audience is primarily American service veterans. When asked about the parade of celebrities that have come out to denounce President-elect Donald Trump, Wahlberg said he believed most of Hollywood lives in a bubble and out of touch with most of Americans:

“You know, it just goes to show you that people aren’t listening to that anyway…They might buy your CD or watch your movie, but you don’t put food on their table. You don’t pay their bills. A lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble. They’re pretty out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for their family. Me, I’m very aware of the real world. I come from the real world and I exist in the real world. And although I can navigate Hollywood and I love the business and the opportunities it’s afforded me, I also understand what it’s like not to have all that.”

Wahlberg’s latest movie is what he calls a “trilogy of films” he’s worked on with director Peter Berg, who he affectionately refers to as his brother. Wahlberg and Berg previously worked on Deepwater Horizon (2016), and Lone Survivor (2013). All three of these movies depict actual events, and tell the story of heroism from average men – though some would disagree that Marcus Luttrell, the main character of Lone Survivor, is an average guy.

Wahlberg also believes Patriots Day will serve as a reminder to the public about the greatness of America – its people, police and military:

“I definitely think the film is going to bring people together… will give people an added boost and a reminder of what a great country we do have and how amazing people are. People really dedicated their lives to serving our country and our communities, and we need to honor that. The overall purpose of police and military is protect us. It’s an amazing thing, and every chance I get I want to thank them for their service.”

Big thanks to Mark Wahlberg – one of the few celebrities that can relate to the average person, tell it like it is, and create movies about American heroism and greatness.


Mark Wahlberg attends the AFI Closing Night Screening of “Patriot’s Day” at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 17, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

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Mark Wahlberg attends The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 8th Annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 12, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

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The Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards presented by Los Angeles Confidential Magazine at Exchange LA on November 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

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“Patriots Day,” the movie about the Boston Marathon bombings starring Mark Wahlberg, has scored the coveted closing-night slot at next month’s AFI Fest in Los Angeles.

The choice by the American Film Institute to screen director Peter Berg’s movie could be a sign that “Patriots Day” will be an Oscar contender. Last year’s AFI closer was director Adam McKay’s “The Big Short,” which went on to receive five Academy Award nominations.

The early word on “Patriots Day” has been positive, with reporting that response to a recent test screen in Las Vegas was “through the roof.”

“‘Patriots Day’ is a moving tribute to the strength of the human spirit, the heroes of Boston and our nation’s capacity to unify in the wake of the unimaginable,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, AFI Fest director, in a statement.

Filmed in and around Boston last spring, “Patriots Day” tells the story of the explosions that killed three and injured hundreds more at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, as well as the manhunt that followed. In addition to Wahlberg, who plays a Boston cop, the cast includes John Goodman as former Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Kevin Bacon as FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers, J.K. Simmons as Watertown Police Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese, and Michelle Monaghan as a nurse.

The film opens in Boston, New York, and LA on Dec. 21 and everywhere else on Jan. 13. The film’s official premiere will be in Boston sometime in December.

Also Wednesday, producers of the movie released a short video about their desire to tell the story without sensationalizing it. Before filming a scene inside the apartment of slain MIT patrol officer Sean Collier, for example, it was suggested to Berg that perhaps the walls, which were pink, should be re-painted. The director said no. He wanted everything as it was. “The truth matters in a situation like this,” Walhberg says in the video.  []

Mark Wahlberg’s team prevails – It’s a hot and humid Saturday morning in Pontiac, Michigan, where Mark Wahlberg is filming “Transformers: The Last Knight” and a small crew is on hand to shoot the cover of 24Life. He’s been working 16 hours a day, and there’s no rest on the weekend: he’s got Wahlburgers restaurant business to address here, as well as a working dinner. Nevertheless, he is going to make sure he attends church, squeezes in a round of golf, and has some fun with the 24Life crew, too.

Wahlberg is in action-hero shape, and his hair is longer than usual for the latest chapter in the Transformers saga. It’s a fast follow-on to his role in “Patriots Day,” a film about the Boston Marathon bombing, and his character Mike Williams, the electronics technician who became the face of one of the world’s largest man-made disasters, in “Deepwater Horizon” — due in theaters September 30.

As we talk with Wahlberg about his sensitive and skilled portrayal of Williams in “Deepwater Horizon”— and the opportunity it gave him to bring forward the human story behind the environmental tragedy — it becomes clear how deeply Wahlberg values people and community, not only in his career as an actor and producer, but also in his family life and in his ventures in the restaurant industry and in performance water and supplementation.

24Life: “Deepwater Horizon” presents the untold story behind that disaster — that of individuals and a community facing life-or-death decisions. Many of the standout roles you’ve played are ones in which your character’s relationship to others is crucial. Is that element a factor in your choice of parts or projects?

Mark Wahlberg (MW): A lot of things go into the decision-making process, but with stories like “Deepwater Horizon,” we’re talking about the lives of real people and dealing with tragedy and loss of life. Those are obviously extremely delicate subjects, especially in the case of Deepwater Horizon. Eleven people lost their lives, but all the media attention and focus was on the environmental disaster. It seemed like not a lot of people know that … the 11 people that lost their lives do a job, and are part of a world and a community that provides a service for us, [and we’re] unaware of the dangers and risks they face to get those resources that are part of our daily lives.

We had the huge responsibility of making sure that we did it right, and that we did proper justice to the lives of the people we portrayed. Obviously, every movie is different, every role is different, but when dealing with true stories, we make that sure every single person involved is committed to getting it right and making sure that we honor the people [we are portraying]. That’s the golden rule. And no one has a problem doing that.

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Transformers: The Last Knight’s overseas locations means the cast and crew often have to hit the road, and ET got a look at Mark Wahlberg’s special travel gear during a trip to the set.

“I’ve got my workout equipment,” Wahlberg showed ET. “I’ve got my rotisserie, my hot plate … in the morning, I’ve got my clubs. I got some tuna from back home.”

Co-star Josh Duhamel warned us that Wahlberg has an intense schedule that starts with a 3:30 a.m. workout, and Wahlberg explained the need for his rigorous regimen.

“I put on a lot of weight,” Wahlberg said. “[Director] Michael [Bay] saw me and freaked out. I promised him I’d get in good shape, so I started training early. I get it all in and then I come to work for 12 hours.”

Despite the early workouts and long work days, life on the road has come with some perks for the Oscar-nominated actor. The trip to Europe has afforded the father of four the chance to spend some quality time with his family.

“We went to Buckingham Palace. Princess Eugenie gave us a tour,” Wahlberg shared. “We went to France. I took the family to the Eiffel Tower. It was cool.”

Even with all the fun that comes with visiting new places, it appears there can be too much of a good thing.

“The only thing better than that is finishing this movie — it’s a five-month shoot — and taking my wife to dinner … take my kids to school,” Wahlberg said.

Transformers: The Last Knight opens June 23, 2017.


Patriots Day stars Mark Wahlberg as Tommy Saunders, a police sergeant at the centre of the terrorist attack that occurred in April 2013, a day that saw three civilians killed and 264 others injured. The character is a composite of various people involved that day. Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, JK Simmons and Michelle Monaghan also star.

The film reunites Wahlberg with Deepwater Horizon director Peter Berg. While the fact-based disaster drama received positive reviews, it failed to connect with audiences and made just $20m in its first weekend.

“I think police, of late, are getting too much of a bad rap,” Berg said to the Boston Globe. “Several questionable – or pretty clearly bad – actions by cops are tarnishing the entire profession. But what happened in this city in the 105 hours after the explosions is an example of the very best of law enforcement, and without being cliche or overly simplistic, I think we can explore that in this film.”

It’s the first of two films set to be released about the events, with Jake Gyllenhaal starring as Jeff Bauman in Stronger, hitting cinemas next year. Bauman lost both of his legs in the bombing and the film will detail his adjustment to a new life. A third film was also announced in 2014, originally set to star Casey Affleck, but the star has since dropped out.

Patriots Day will open on 21 December in major cities, including Boston, and nationwide on 13 January.


Mark Wahlberg attends a photocall for ‘Deepwater Horizon’ on October 3, 2016 in Rome, Italy.

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Mark Wahlberg loves for working with director Peter Berg. And Berg loves Wahlburgers (but more on that later). The duo have worked together on “Lone Survivor” and the new “Deep Horizon,” the true story of the BP oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, in 2010, which killed 11 people and caused the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. Wahlberg plays chief engineer technician Mike Williams, the last survivor to make it off the Deepwater Horizon rig. The 45-year-old actor explains the appeal of true stories and how his relationship with Berg blossomed over burgers.

You’ve worked on three films with Peter Berg. You’re friends now, right?
Well, he is from New York and I’m from Boston, so that’s a big problem. [Laughs]

How did this collaboration come about?
It’s one of those stories where we have the same agent and he introduced us. In fact, he was trying to get us together for some time. But for one reason or another, we resisted. But when we finally got together for “Survivor,” I was like ‘I could make 20 movies with this man.’ We motivate each other. We support each other. He focuses on the story and has a mindset to see the whole picture, rather than deal with his own agenda, which is very rare.

While on the subject of your friendship with Peter Berg, tell us what a guy from Boston and a guy from New York have in common when it comes to food?
[Laughs] Look, I took him to all the great restaurants in Boston. But he keeps saying that Wahlburgers burgers were the best. He tried the turkey, classic and fish. He ate them all; he could not stop.

What is your favorite dish?
Oh God, you’re asking someone who craves everything all the time. I’ve been eating very healthy. For my birthday my wife hosted a dinner at home and brought the chef of my favorite Italian restaurant, but I could not eat everything that I wanted. The problem is that I gained a lot of weight for “Deep Horizon” and “Patriots Day.” Then I saw Michael Bay, the producer for “Transformers” and he said, “Friend, what’s going on here?” So I had to do the 10-week training program in three.

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An intimate conversation with Deepwater survivor Mike Williams and Mark Wahlberg, the actor who played him.

“’Hero’ is not a badge that I even want to wear,” says Mike Williams. “What we did that night was react to a very bad situation.” Yet it’s impossible to watch Deepwater Horizon, in theaters Sept. 30, and not feel a sense of awe at what the real-life Williams—played by Mark Wahlberg in director Peter Berg’s gripping new film—endured. On April 20, 2010, Williams was working on board the Deepwater Horizon, an offshore oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, when a well exploded, ultimately killing eleven people. But Williams helped guide countless more survivors to safety, eventually jumping ten stories from atop the burning structure into the water.

The devastating environmental impact of the resulting oil spill is what dominated headlines in the months after the disaster, but Berg’s film puts a human face on the tragedy by documenting the grit, determination and ingenuity of the hard-working men and women who were thrust into harrowing conditions. “The remarkable things that they did in order to survive and help others survive was incredible,” says Wahlberg. “Those are the kinds of stories that I’m drawn to.”


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Mark Wahlberg stars in new film Deepwater Horizon as Mike Wheeler, a real-life survivor of the worst oil rig explosion in US history.

This is the second time the actor has worked with filmmaker Peter Berg who’s perhaps best known for creating TV series Friday Night Lights, the first being 2013’s Lone Survivor.

A younger generation may be shocked to learn that Wahlberg began his career – not as an actor – but as the frontman of a hip-hop collective known as Marky Mark and the Funky Group who hit their prime in 1991 when single “Good Vibrations” made it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.

The Independent asked the actor – currently promoting Deepwater Horizon – if he’d ever consider a biopic based on his time in the group, and it turns out he has someone in mind: Justin Bieber.

“It depends – who would we get to play me?” he mused. “If it was the Marky Mark days, I don’t know, we’d get maybe Justin Bieber to play the part.”

At the suggestion of Bleed For This actor Miles Teller, Wahlberg wasn’t so convinced.

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The European Premiere of ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Cineworld Leicester Square on September 26, 2016 in London, England.

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‘Deepwater Horizon’ New Orleans Premiere at The Orpheum Theatre on September 19, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Mark Wahlberg said he loved making Deepwater Horizon and being able to honor the 11 lives lost in the horrific environmental disaster. There is, however, one thing that left him quite heated about the making of the upcoming movie.

“What was really sketchy is when they lit me and Dylan O’Brien on fire,” Wahlberg said of the Hollywood stunt on ABC News’ “Good Morning America”. “They lit us on fire, and I didn’t feel too comfortable with that. They put gel and stuff on you, but then, you know, they put some other fluid on you and then they light you on fire and then they walk away. And then the other guy goes and grabs his coffee and then he’s like, ‘Hold on a second. We ready to roll?’ And I’m like, ‘Dude, I’m on fire. Roll!’”

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