Making his Mark
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.”