Mark Wahlberg attends a photocall for ‘Deepwater Horizon’ on October 3, 2016 in Rome, Italy.
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ORLANDO, Fla. — Wahlburgers Downtown Orlando has ended its fundraiser and will donate $50,403 to the #OneOrlando Fund. The restaurant raised $25,402 in t-shirt sales, and Donnie Wahlberg personally contributed an additional $25,000. A check presentation ceremony with the mayor and city officials is planned, and will be held at a future date pending Donnie Wahlberg’s schedule.
Donnie Wahlberg says, “I’m so grateful to the many generous guests of #Wahlburgers who purchased #OrlandoStrong t-shirts to help the victims still struggling in the wake of the horrible Pulse tragedy. Your generosity has inspired me so much that I am personally donating an additional $25,000 raising the total sum to the victims and their families to $50,000.”
“As a society, we often move on very quickly from such tragedies while the victims and their loved ones, most of whom will be affected forever, continue on the long and painful road to recovery and healing. Hopefully this donation will assist in that healing, and also serve as a reminder that there are still many victims struggling to rebuild their lives who need our continued financial and emotional support,” concludes Wahlberg.
“My family has a long history in this community, and our thoughts and prayers are forever with the victims and their families,” says Franchisee Gina Buell. “We want to personally thank our guests who purchased the t-shirts, our community for coming out in such strength, as well as our Wahlburgers family for their support. The logo that was designed for the #OrlandoStrong Wahlburgers t-shirt shows the peace, loveand strength between Boston and Orlando, two cities affected by senseless tragedies,” concludes Buell.
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.
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.”
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.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Donnie Wahlberg during Wednesday’s 9/28/16 show in New York. The actor and New Kids On The Block member shares stories from the band’s annual concert cruise and thanks all the fans who’ve stuck around since the 80s.
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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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September 20, 2016 — Jimmy Fallon put together a competition with guest and Deepwater Horizon actor Mark Wahlberg. In a large setup on New York’s Rockefeller Plaza, the two took turns seeing who could achieve optimum accuracy with summer’s final fruit.
To no one’s surprise, Marky Mark turned out to be naturally talented at the test of strength, casually hitting the central target rings without breaking a sweat and handily beating the host at his own game. It’s not quite watermelons exploding, but you have to give it to Fallon for consistently coming up with wacky ways to showcase his guests’ secret skills.
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When you see Mark Wahlberg in Deepwater Horizon, the $150m movie based on the true story of the tragic oil rig explosion in 2010 which cost 11 crew members their lives and created the worst environmental disaster in US history, it’s hard to imagine any other Hollywood actor in the role.
It’s not so much that he resembles Mike Williams, the chief electronics technician who was the last to escape from the burning rig and on whom Wahlberg’s character was based: Williams’ face is rounded, whereas Wahlberg’s has the lean definition of someone who has spent a lifetime staying in shape. It’s more that you can absolutely believe in Wahlberg as the devoted father who jeopardises his family life by helping his wounded colleagues, and as the honest blue-collar working stiff, with a mind like a steel trap.
Wahlberg has spent more than two decades climbing to the top of the Hollywood tree. His breakthrough role in Boogie Nights came in 1997; his first Oscar nomination came 10 years later, for Scorsese’s The Departed, followed by another in 2011 for The Fighter.
You could forgive Wahlberg if he let success go to his head. He grew up poor, the youngest of nine siblings. His father was a delivery driver who left when Wahlberg was 11. He got involved with drugs and gang violence not long after, and only cleaned himself up after a spell in prison made him determined to turn his life around. He followed his brother (Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block) into music, finding success – and even a Calvin Klein modelling contract – with his hip-hop group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch before turning to acting.
While his brothers Mark and Donnie are in the entertainment industry, the only showbiz Paul really partakes in is his restaurant’s reality TV show Wahlburgers. Food has always been to main focus in Paul’s life.
While we inhaled a few items from the Wahlburgers’ TIFF special menu that features housemade Lobster Poutine, sweet potato tots, and popcorn jalepeno shrimp, we also had a chance to catch up with Chef Paul to chat about Toronto and TIFF.
So, why did you open the first restaurant outside of Massachusetts in Toronto?
Paul: I’ve been to Toronto a bunch a times so I know the city well. I love the city life and the energy here. Walking around it’s amazing. Everyone is so nice here. For us, you know Mark and Donnie film here so much and we have so many connections here in Toronto it just made sense for us. They have a huge fan base here in the city.
Do people recognize you too?
Paul: People are nice here and they don’t really bug me. Once in a while they recognize me and I can hear them whispering. Sometimes I hear “Oh look, it’s Donnie!” which is totally fine. I got chased out of a store once with someone yelling Donnie Wahlberg! Donnie Wahlberg! The funniest is when people come up to me and complain about my brothers. They don’t like a movie they’re in or something and I guess they think I’ll go back and discuss that with them. But what’s really funny is when people come up and tell me that they love my mother. So I tell my mom that people love her and that they say hello. But then she’ll ask me who they were.
Are you TIFFing while you’re here?
Paul: (laughs) I’ve been here a few times around TIFF and I like to walk around the area and along King Street and Spadina. I love all the pop-up places but it’s been a busy time for me here at the restaurant. I did walk over to get a porchetta sandwich down on King Street near here. It was pretty amazing. The crackling, the bread, it’s the perfect sandwich. Mark is here for TIFF. It’s a beautiful time of year to be here. (Mark is in town for the premiere of his film Deepwater Horizon)
The production has officially started on Transformers 5 … and they’re in Britain.
Explosions and Hollywood stars descended on an historic Northumberland town as the set from the new Transformers movie set up in front of Alnwick Castle.
Actor Mark Wahlberg along with director Michael Bay were seen filming Transformers: The Last Knight outside the home of the Duke of Northumberland.
Two explosions were captured by a drone after numerous super cars from the film were seen driving near Kielder Water earlier in the week.
The crew were seen going back and forth along the road from Alnwick Garden to the castle, as the morning fog was slowly burnt off by the sun.
Cranes and lights were set up pointing through the castle windows as filming took place inside as well.
Wahlberg, 45, who also starred in Ted, The Departed and The Boxer, paused for a break in filming to have his make-up done as Bay gave out instructions.
The fifth instalment in the series, which has Steven Spielberg as an executive producer, also filmed in London near Bank tube station, when a dramatic stunt saw a car hurled onto its side.
The series, directed by Bay, has grossed over £2.79bn ( 3.7bn) worldwide.
Stars in the film, which is expected to shoot in other places around the North East, include Sir Anthony Hopkins, Stanley Tucci and Isabela Moner.
Mark Wahlberg speaks onstage at ‘In Conversation With… Mark Wahlberg’ during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox – and – “Deepwater Horizon” premiere screening party presented by Johnnie Walker at The Addison Residence on September 13, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.
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