Good Vi­bra­tion

Mark Wahlberg wants to make you laugh, cry and feel good with his new movie, In­stant Fam­ily

Ottawa Sun - - SHOWBIZ - MARK DANIELL mdaniell@post­media.com @markhdaniell

NEW YORK — Chances are, by the time you read this, Mark Wahlberg will al­ready be half­way through his day.

Or he might be on the sec­ond of his twice daily gym ses­sions.

One of the hard­est work­ing men in show­biz, the 47-yearold ac­tor im­presses in front of and away from the cam­era. A fact that was bol­stered by the sched­ule he posted to In­sta­gram in Septem­ber.

In it, he wrote about start­ing his day at 2:30 a.m., ev­ery day.

To­day, sit­ting in a New York ho­tel over­look­ing Cen­tral Park, Wahlberg ad­mits he was tardy.

“I’ve got a tweak in my back,” he says. “So I got up at three. I stretched first and then I got go­ing with all the things I got to do.”

In the midst of shoot­ing the Net­flix ac­tion movie Won­der­land, an adap­ta­tion of Robert B. Parker’s de­tec­tive novel, Wahlberg was ea­ger to talk up his new film, In­stant Fam­ily (open­ing Fri­day), about a cou­ple who adopts three kids.

Based on the real-life ex­pe­ri­ences of his Daddy’s Home di­rec­tor Sean An­ders, Wahlberg says the heart­warm­ing com­edy is about a mean­ing­ful sub­ject mat­ter.

Rose Byrne plays his wife in the movie, with Is­abela Moner, Gus­tavo Quiroz and Ju­lianna Gamiz play­ing the chil­dren the mar­ried cou­ple adopt.

Oc­tavia Spencer and Tig No­taro also ap­pear as so­cial work­ers in the film.

Wahlberg, who has his hand in busi­ness and phi­lan­thropy, chose to pro­duce the film be­cause he wanted to change the per­cep­tion of kids in foster care.

“If it’s some­thing I’m pas­sion­ate about or some­thing I re­ally be­lieve in, then I want to spend that ex­tra time and en­ergy de­voted to pro­duc­ing,” the Os­car nom­i­nee says. “For In­stant Fam­ily, I just wanted to be in­volved in any ca­pac­ity pos­si­ble. If they had said they were do­ing their own thing, that would have been fine. But with the re­la­tion­ship I had with Sean, who di­rects the movie, it made sense for me to come on and take a more ac­tive role.”

In a ca­reer that has spanned three decades, Wahlberg has gone from a troubled child­hood (he did time in jail for as­sault) to one of Hol­ly­wood’s big­gest stars. In be­tween, he’s been a pop star and a Calvin Klein model. And last year, thanks largely to his roles in Trans­form­ers: The Last Knight, Daddy’s Home 2 and All the Money in the World, Forbes named him the planet’s high­est-paid ac­tor.

But Wahlberg has en­joyed the work most when he’s been part of sto­ries that are about real peo­ple and real sub­jects.

An­ders’ real-life ac­count de­pict­ing the strug­gle and joy of adop­tion is some­thing he hopes peo­ple think about long af­ter they’ve left the the­atre. “It’s nice to make a movie that is about some­thing im­por­tant and makes peo­ple laugh and cry and is wildly en­ter­tain­ing,” he says. Dur­ing a widerang­ing con­ver­sa­tion, Wahlberg re­flected on his own Hol­ly­wood rise, his morn­ing rou­tine and told us what makes Tom Brady so great.

What made you want to be a part of In­stant Fam­ily? It’s the kind of role we’re not used to see­ing you do.

First off, I love work­ing with Sean. I think he’s re­ally talented and any­thing he talks about want­ing to do I’m prob­a­bly go­ing to be in any­way (smiles). But then when he told me what the sub­ject mat­ter was, and how he wanted to tell his story, it was a no-brainer.

Were you look­ing to do some­thing that peo­ple might con­nect to on a more emo­tional level?

I al­ways want to do it all. I’m usu­ally look­ing to do some­thing that’s the com­plete op­po­site of the last thing that I did. So go­ing from an ac­tion movie (Mile 22) to this was a nice change of pace.

But it’s al­ways nice when you can make a movie that ev­ery­body can see. It’s nice for my kids to have a movie that they can sit down and watch with me — they’re cu­ri­ous what I’m do­ing when I’m gone so long. They want to know what dad’s up to.

You’re a fa­ther of four. Did you come into In­stant Fam­ily think­ing you were an ex­pert par­ent?

No (laughs). I’m learn­ing ev­ery day. There’s a lot go­ing on in the world and if you’re lucky you grow and ma­ture and learn some­thing new ev­ery day.

You’ve got a daugh­ter that’s a teenager, and in the movie your char­ac­ter Pete is feud­ing with his adopted teenage daugh­ter. Did you re­late to that in real life?

I think I’m best when I’m mak­ing movies where there are things hap­pen­ing I can per­son­ally iden­tify and re­late to. Then I can bring stuff to the ta­ble from my own life ex­pe­ri­ence. So, hav­ing a teenage girl and hav­ing a lot of what I was deal­ing with, with my wife and daugh­ter and their fights be­ing in­cor­po­rated into the movie, that’s al­ways a plus.

As a par­ent, are you the good cop or the bad cop?

I’m both. It depends. If I’ve been away all week and things have hap­pened and my wife’s been deal­ing with it, I’ve got to step in and be the bad cop. I don’t get to come home and be the fun dad. When some­one needs to be pun­ished, I have to step in.

You’ve had a loyal fan base that has been will­ing to fol­low you across dif­fer­ent gen­res. Look­ing back when you were start­ing out in the ‘90s, how did you lay the build­ing blocks for a ca­reer that would last as long as it has?

There’s def­i­nitely some plan­ning and strat­egy there. There was cer­tainly a well thought-out ap­proach when I de­cided to go into com­edy. Even though I’m pretty in­tu­itive and I like to go with my gut, when I fi­nally make a de­ci­sion to go for­ward with some­thing, I’m al­ways weigh­ing the pros and cons.

QUOTE, UNQUOTE “I don’t have an alarm clock. I’ve got a guy that knocks on my door and says, ‘Let’s go.’ ” Mark Wahlberg on his in­tense daily rou­tine, which starts at 2:30 a.m.

was When there you some­one first started you looked act­ing to ca­reer who like you that said, guy’? ‘I would like a

Yeah, there’s so many. Jimmy Cag­ney, with­out the danc­ing. Steve McQueen. Part of Har­ri­son Ford’s ca­reer. John Garfield. Robert Ryan. Den­zel Washington. There’s quite a few. What was the best ad­vice you ever got?

Show up on time. Be pre­pared. Get the part. Be­come the part. Play the part.

If you hap­pen to be chan­nel surf­ing and catch one of your old movies on TV, is there one that you al­ways stop to watch?

Lone Survivor. Prob­a­bly In­vin­ci­ble. It depends. Boo­gie Nights is al­ways a good one. The Fighter. There’s a cou­ple of bad ones that if I see them I ask my­self, ‘What was I think­ing here?’ Like what? (pauses) The Truth About

Char­lie. It was just one of those ones where I had the time of my life mak­ing that movie, but I wasn’t com­fort­able in that part. The whole scarf and the beret didn’t re­ally suit me.

Let’s talk about the work­out regime. You get up at 2:30 a.m. ev­ery day. Do you never hit the snooze but­ton?

I don’t have an alarm clock. I’ve got a guy that knocks on my door and says, ‘Let’s go.’

So you’re up this early even if you go out the night be­fore?

I don’t make a habit of go­ing out at night. I went to the Drake con­cert, but I was home and in bed by 10 and up by 4 a.m. I didn’t get to stay for the whole show.

I know you’re a sports fan, it’s time for you to make some pre­dic­tions. Let’s start with the NBA Fi­nals.

I’m hop­ing the Celtics are go­ing to be there win­ning the East. I think it’s be­tween Rap­tors and the Celtics. If it’s not the Celtics, I wouldn’t mind see­ing the War­riors win again. I re­ally don’t see any­one else beat­ing them. What about the Su­per Bowl? It’s go­ing to be the Pa­tri­ots.

I knew you were go­ing to say that. What makes quar­ter­back Tom Brady so great?

He’s just the great­est quar­ter­back to ever live. But I think re­ally it’s his work ethic. He’s ded­i­cated and com­mit­ted to be­ing the best. He gets up at 2:30 in the morn­ing, too, and does what he needs to do while ev­ery­one else is sleep­ing. When ev­ery­one else is out go­ing to the Drake con­cert, Tom’s home get­ting ready and tak­ing care of him­self. In­stant Fam­ily opens Fri­day.

EXCLUSIVE

Clock­wise from left: Mark Wahlberg went from a Calvin Klein model to the world’s high­est-paid ac­tor in a ca­reer that has spanned three decades. The 47-year-old star re­cently shared his gru­elling daily sched­ule on so­cial me­dia — which starts with a 2:30 a.m. wake-up call, mega work­outs and cryother­apy, but he al­ways man­ages to leave room for fam­ily time and golf­ing. From left: Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Is­abela Moner, Ju­lianna Gamiz, and Gus­tavo Quiroz in a scene from In­stant Fam­ily. In the movie, Byrne and Wahlberg play a cou­ple who adopts three chil­dren.

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