Mak­ing his Mark

What's On (Abu Dhabi) - - CULTURE -

There aren’t a lot of rap­pers-turned-male mod­els-turned-ac­tors who get nom­i­nated for Academy Awards; but af­ter drop­ping his Marky Mark moniker in 1993, Mark Wahlberg proved the haters wrong, re­ceiv­ing two Os­car nods for crime thriller The De­parted and box­ing drama The Fighter. Cur­rently Hol­ly­wood’s high­est-paid ac­tor – rak­ing in an as­ton­ish­ing $68 mil­lion in 2017 – Mark blows up ev­ery­thing in the ac­tion­packed Mile 22, be­cause, as he puts it, he wanted to “have some fun”.

What was it about Mile 22 that grabbed you?

“You know, it’s one of those things where [di­rec­tor Peter Berg] and I were shoot­ing another movie and he started talk­ing to me about it. I think for both of us the idea was to get away from the true sto­ries and just have some fun.”

How do you hope au­di­ences will re­act to the film?

“I’ve been able to make a lot of dif­fer­ent movies in a lot of dif­fer­ent gen­res and I still don’t feel like I have the movie role that re­ally de­fines me. When I say me and my body of work, I’m re­ally hop­ing this is the thing. I’m hop­ing the first thing you think of when you think Mark Wahlberg is Mile 22.

Was there one par­tic­u­larly mem­o­rable day on set for you?

One that stood out? “I think the big ex­plo­sion in Colom­bia, at the café. They had no idea what to ex­pect, or what was com­ing.”

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