MARK'S GOING THE EXTRA MILE
Mark and Ronda explode onto the big screen in another action thriller
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.