Back to life

Mark Wahlberg steps into a lu­cra­tive fran­chise with Transformers:ageOf extinction.

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WHILE work­ing to­gether on the 2013 film Pain & Gain, di­rec­tor Michael Bay ap­proached his star Mark Wahlberg and asked if he’d be in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the next Transformers movie, Transformers: Age Of Extinction (TAOE). Ac­cord­ing to Wahlberg, it was an easy yes.

His cu­rios­ity was piqued af­ter hav­ing had con­ver­sa­tions with Bay about TAOE’s story and the char­ac­ters the lat­ter has planned to in­tro­duce in it. So much so that the Os­car-nom­i­nated ac­tor felt con­fi­dent the lat­est film in the fran­chise was the right fit for him.

It didn’t hurt that Wahlberg has formed a short­hand with his di­rec­tor.

TAOE be­gins with the world bear­ing the scars left by an epic bat­tle, in which Op­ti­mus Prime and the Au­to­bots have fallen out of mankind’s favour. Un­known to the cit­i­zens of the world, they are about to be hit by an an­cient, pow­er­ful men­ace putting ev­ery­one’s life in peril.

Luck­ily, Op­ti­mus Prime comes into life once again thanks to Wahlberg’s char­ac­ter, Cade Yea­ger.

Cade is a sin­gle dad who is try­ing his best to raise his daugh­ter and put her through col­lege, which he does by sell­ing old car parts. One of his junk pur­chases brings him in close con­tact with the Au­to­bot and he dis­cov­ers some­thing im­por­tant about these ro­bot-aliens.

This in turn makes him and his daugh­ter tar­gets for govern­ment agencies and other not-so-nice forces.

In a tran­script pro­vided by the film’s dis­trib­u­tor, United In­ter­na­tional Pic­tures, Wahlberg said of his char­ac­ter: “He is an or­di­nary guy thrust into an ex­tra­or­di­nary sit­u­a­tion where he has to then be­come kind of larger than life to be able to pro­tect his daugh­ter.”

It’s this parental in­stinct that Wahlberg re­lates to most about his char­ac­ter. The ac­tor, who turned 43 early this month, has two boys and two girls with his spouse Rhea Durham and has watched all the Transformers films with them.

“I can cer­tainly re­late to a fa­ther do­ing ev­ery­thing he can to pro­tect his daugh­ter, be­cause I’m also very pro­tec­tive with my own daugh­ters to the fur­thest pos­si­ble ex­tent. Luck­ily I have a cou­ple more years be­fore I have to worry about boyfriends.”

Wahlberg the­o­rised that Transformers movies do so well around the world be­cause they are en­ter­tain­ing to watch. “And I like the emo­tional story in this one of a dad will­ing to do any­thing for his daugh­ter. I think that can work well if you get it right.”

Ac­tress Ni­cola Peltz (pre­vi­ously on TV’s Bates Mo­tel) plays Wahlberg’s daugh­ter, Tessa Yea­ger, in the film. Along for the ride with the Yea­gers is Tessa’s boyfriend, played Jack Reynor.

Wal­h­berg said of his young co-stars: “Ni­cola is fan­tas­tic! She is the older ver­sion of my own kids and just a pro. It’s nice to see some­one that age who is just about the work. It’s de­mand­ing to work with Michael Bay be­cause he doesn’t have the lux­ury of sit­ting and hold­ing your hands, but she is tough and very pro­fes­sional.

“I re­mem­ber this scene in which she was fight­ing these real Navy SEALs, take af­ter take, and Michael and I looked at each other and he gave me that nod that meant he knew she had the goods.

“It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how this movie af­fects both of them af­ter it is re­leased, be­cause I’m sure it will in a great way. They are both in it for the right rea­sons, which is good.”

While Wahlberg is no stranger to ac­tion films – he usu­ally opts to do his own stunts when­ever he can – the ac­tor is a bit of out of sorts when it comes to work­ing in a pro­duc­tion with mas­sive spe­cial ef­fects. (His past ex­pe­ri­ences with ef­fects are The Per­fect Storm and Ted.)

“I feel con­fi­dent know­ing Michael Bay is run­ning the show, be­cause I know we are in good hands. You can find yourself feel­ing pretty silly hav­ing a heated con­ver­sa­tion with a gi­ant ro­bot that isn’t re­ally there, but he is go­ing to pro­tect you and make sure you don’t look ridicu­lous.” – Mum­ta­jBegum Mark Wahlberg (cen­tre) is im­pressed with his young costars, ni­cola Peltz and Jack reynor, and can’t wait to see how their ca­reers are go­ing to change af­ter

Transformers: Age Of Extinction opens in cin­e­mas to­day.

Happy to­gether: Transformers: ageOf extinction.

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