MARK'S GO­ING THE EX­TRA MILE

Mark and Ronda explode onto the big screen in an­other ac­tion thriller

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Mark Wahlberg and his di­rec­tor buddy Peter Berg have fast be­come known as the “dis­as­ter artists”, and while their love for bring­ing true sto­ries to the big screen has seen a tri­fecta of real-life tales be­come box of­fice suc­cesses –

Lone Sur­vivor, Deep Wa­ter Hori­zon and Pa­tri­ots Day – the duo have now de­cided to have some fic­tional fun with Mile 22.

The ac­tion thriller fol­lows CIA op­er­a­tives James Silva (Mark) and Sam Snow (UFC star Ronda Rousey), who risk their lives to trans­port a wit­ness ( Iko Uwais) hold­ing life-threat­en­ing in­for­ma­tion 22 miles from an Amer­i­can em­bassy in South­east Asia. And of course, pro­tect­ing the wit­ness from ter­ror­ists means a bunch of thrilling ac­tion se­quences.

“The type of films we make, there’s al­ways in­her­ent risk. But Mark and I... take the safety very se­ri­ously,” Peter ad­mits. “These are com­plex films, with ex­plo­sions and fire and mud and shrap­nel.”

Com­pared to their pre­vi­ous flicks, Mark says Mile 22 was a breeze, ad­mit­ting he only got a “hor­ri­ble cough” that lasted for a few weeks.

“There was a lot of ex­plo­sions, like hand grenades and RPG hits, in con­fined spa­ces. So you’re con­stantly breath­ing this re­ally heavy smoke that’s prob­a­bly not healthy in any way,” Peter says. “There’s a lot of ac­tors who won’t put fire gel on and be set alight. Mark’s sea­soned enough that he un­der­stands if we’re go­ing to do it, why it’s worth it.”

And in this case, it’s worth it.

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