Mark Wahlberg missed out on part in Men in Black 3

Mark Wahlberg was once in the running to play a young Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black 3.In a recent episode of the ReelBlend podcast, trilogy director Barry Sonnenfeld detailed the story of The Fighter actor’s near-casting in the 2012 sci-fi action fli…

Mark Wahlberg was once in the running to play a young Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black 3.

In a recent episode of the ReelBlend podcast, trilogy director Barry Sonnenfeld detailed the story of The Fighter actor’s near-casting in the 2012 sci-fi action flick, in which the plot involved time travel to the late ’60s and called for a younger version of Jones, who starred as Agent K in the first two movies.

However, Sonnenfeld already had an actor in mind for the part – Josh Brolin.

“I thought Brolin looked and could sound like Tommy… I said to Brolin, ‘Hey, I think you’d be perfect as young Tommy Lee Jones.’ And he said, ‘Great! Sounds great. Send me a script,'” he recalled, according to cinemablend.com, before joking: “Brolin and Tommy have the biggest heads, physical heads, of any movie stars. Big heads make big movie stars. It’s just, like, a rule.”

Even still, Sonnenfeld momentarily considered Wahlberg for the part in order to appease the star’s influential agent, Ari Emanuel. Emanuel is chief executive officer of Endeavor, one of the most important media and talent agencies in Hollywood.

“(Emanuel) is really good friends with Mark Wahlberg. And he really wanted Mark Wahlberg to play young Tommy Lee Jones,” the filmmaker stated, before remembering how he continued to push for Brolin. “I got Brolin, and thank God, the studio backed me up. But they were really nervous about making Ari upset that I didn’t go with his guy.”

Yet, Sonnenfeld acknowledged Wahlberg was a strong contender for the role.

“Mark was lovely. He was great. He would have been great in the role. But I wanted Brolin,” he declared.

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Mark Wahlberg’s sci-fi movie Infinite pushed to 2021

Mark Wahlberg’s upcoming sci-fi movie Infinite will now be released in 2021.The Antoine Fuqua-directed film was originally set to be unveiled in cinemas on 7 August, but due to the coronavirus crisis, bosses at Paramount Pictures have decided to shift …

Mark Wahlberg’s upcoming sci-fi movie Infinite will now be released in 2021.

The Antoine Fuqua-directed film was originally set to be unveiled in cinemas on 7 August, but due to the coronavirus crisis, bosses at Paramount Pictures have decided to shift the debut until 28 May 2021 – which coincides with Memorial Day weekend in the United States.

In an interview with Deadline, Infinite producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura explained that he is compelled by the feature’s relevance to the current Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the world.

“This movie is probably different than others, in that its ambition is such that it is timely in this moment, asking the kinds of questions that we are all asking ourselves sitting at home,” he told the outlet.

Infinite depicts the story of a troubled man who discovered that his hallucinations are actually visions from past lives. The flick also features Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dylan O’Brien, Sophie Cookson, and Rupert Friend.

And although Infinite is to be delayed by over 10 months, Di Bonaventura and his team are continuing to edit the movie as if it were due for a summer 2020 release:

“(We) act like we are keeping that same date, to keep up the passion and the intensity. If you don’t manage it correctly, what can happen is you start cutting for cutting’s sake, and you can take the life out of something,” the producer shared, while Fuqua noted that editing under lockdown has presented challenges: “God forbid there’s an Internet connection issue to the system. Everything freezes, you have to wait and when we jump back on the call, it’s the next day and the urgency and the feeling and the excitement in the immediacy of the moment, sometimes gets lost.”

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Mark Wahlberg: ‘I don’t want to do any singing or dancing on film’

Mark Wahlberg feels “ridiculous” whenever he has to sing or dance in a film.The Deepwater Horizon actor is known for action movies such as Patriots Day and Lone Survivor as well as comedies like Ted and the Daddy’s Home films. But when asked in a…

Mark Wahlberg feels “ridiculous” whenever he has to sing or dance in a film.

The Deepwater Horizon actor is known for action movies such as Patriots Day and Lone Survivor as well as comedies like Ted and the Daddy’s Home films.

But when asked in a recent interview what other genres he’d like to pursue, the 48-year-old admitted he would be interested in a romantic comedy as long as there was no singing and dancing involved.

“I’d be into it! But nothing with singing and dancing in it. I’m not doing a musical,” he told The Observer. “I’ve had to sing and dance more than I’ve wanted to… in films. And it’s my least favourite thing to do. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m not really self-conscious and I’m not scared to look vulnerable, or risk looking ridiculous, but I don’t know… I feel ridiculous when I’m dancing and singing.”

Wahlberg, who used to lead hip-hop group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, has previously had to sing and dance in Ted, perform in a dance-off in Daddy’s Home, and portray a tribute band singer in the musical comedy Rock Star back in 2001.

Elsewhere in the interview, the star discussed his new role in Netflix action movie Spenser Confidential and revealed how he and director Peter Berg tried to dial back on the jokes.

“At one point, Pete was trying to push the humour, and then we pulled it back a little bit, I think. I think you can get into some trouble, trying too hard for comedy – it’s just a fine line,” the 48-year-old shared.

Wahlberg also revealed that he reads through his script “three to four times a day” so he can keep on top of “where we are, continuity-wise. I like to know what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.”

Spenser Confidential is streaming on Netflix now.

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Mark Wahlberg helped ex-felon land Hollywood role after serving time

Mark Wahlberg helped an ex-felon land a role in his movie Spenser Confidential after serving a 16-year prison sentence.During an interview with The Guardian, the actor, 48, confessed he’s not a fan of “cancel culture” – where fans withdraw support from…

Mark Wahlberg helped an ex-felon land a role in his movie Spenser Confidential after serving a 16-year prison sentence.

During an interview with The Guardian, the actor, 48, confessed he’s not a fan of “cancel culture” – where fans withdraw support from a celebrity over a mistake – and revealed how he helped one man break into Hollywood after troubled beginnings.

“Well… I don’t know,” he said, when it was suggested cancel culture stemmed from “morality”. “I think it would be easy to look at it and say that, but having been through it and experienced it, I think it’s a different thing.

“You see the gentleman who just came in here,” he continued, as a man greeted the star while exiting the room. “He just did 16 years in prison. OK? He got out and I put him in the movie. That could have easily been my life. Being in a situation like that and having nothing else – certainly I made a lot of terrible mistakes and I paid for those mistakes dearly.”

Mark, the youngest of nine children in a deprived area of Boston, was bullied by his older brothers, and by the age of 13 was known by police officers for his penchant for cocaine and other substances. He was sentenced to two years in prison for felony assault in the 1980s but he only served 45 days.

He insisted he turned his life around after he “took it upon myself to own up to my mistakes and go against the grain and not be a part of the gang anymore.”

“So I think no, judging a person on what he’s doing and where he’s coming from and all those things, no, I would hope that people would be able to get a second chance in life,” the Daddy’s Home star added.

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Production on The Matrix 4 and Uncharted shut down over coronavirus pandemic

The Matrix 4 and Uncharted are the latest movies to be affected by the global coronavirus pandemic.Director Lana Wachowski had begun work on the fourth instalment in the sci-fi franchise back in February, with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprisin…

The Matrix 4 and Uncharted are the latest movies to be affected by the global coronavirus pandemic.

Director Lana Wachowski had begun work on the fourth instalment in the sci-fi franchise back in February, with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles for the highly-anticipated project.

But in the time since production moved from San Francisco to Berlin, where Wachowski was preparing to shoot this week, U.S. President Donald Trump has introduced strict travel restrictions from most European countries to America, prompting Warner Bros. bosses to make the decision to halt filming indefinitely.

It is unknown when production on the film, which also stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Neil Patrick Harris, will restart, and if the planned release date of 2021 will be impacted.

More than 186,000 people have been infected, with at least 7,471 deaths, since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China back in December.

Several European countries, including France, Germany, and Italy, have temporarily closed their borders and put residents into lockdown to stop the spread of the virus.

Also affected is Uncharted, Sony’s big-screen adaptation of the PlayStation video game franchise, which has been put on hold for six weeks.

The project, starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, was in the pre-production phase. And any changes to the filming schedule may delay Holland’s upcoming third Spider-Man movie, which was due to begin shooting this summer.

Director Travis Knight exited Uncharted earlier this year over concerns that it would have to be completed quickly in order to release Holland for his duties as the web-slinging superhero at Marvel.

Ruben Fleischer eventually took over as director, but the release date was postponed by three months to March 2021.

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Mark Wahlberg compares Uncharted script to Indiana Jones

Mark Wahlberg has claimed his upcoming movie Uncharted will be similar to the iconic Indiana Jones action-adventure saga.The big-screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game franchise follows a professional treasure hunter called Nathan Drak…

Mark Wahlberg has claimed his upcoming movie Uncharted will be similar to the iconic Indiana Jones action-adventure saga.

The big-screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game franchise follows a professional treasure hunter called Nathan Drake, who travels all over the world to uncover historical mysteries.

Wahlberg has been attached to the project since it was announced back in 2016, and was originally set to play Drake, but was later replaced by Spider-Man star Tom Holland.

The Boston native will now portray fellow treasure hunter Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan, who acts as a mentor to Drake, and in a new interview with Collider, he revealed that the movie will be an origin story.

“It’s exciting because, without giving too much away, it’s more of an origin story. Meeting them, and Nathan becoming Nathan. Sully and him meeting, trying to not only get over on each other, but also starting to partner up and develop that relationship,” the 48-year-old shared. “It’ll be very cool. It’s the first time I’m in a movie that’s a movie. I felt like when I was reading it, I was reading Indiana Jones or Thomas Crown Affair. It’s got these great elements of these heist movies and adventure movies like I’ve never been a part of.”

The movie has been hit by a series of delays, with five different directors exiting the project before producers finally settled on Venom filmmaker Ruben Fleischer, and production postponed in order to accommodate leading man Holland’s busy Marvel schedule.

And Wahlberg joked he was replaced by the 23-year-old star because the project took so long to get off the ground.

“I was attached for years and years to play Nathan Drake and now I’m playing Sully,” he laughed. “Even with The Fighter, there was a ticking clock there. There was that biological clock. We gotta’ get going quickly.”

Uncharted is set for release in March 2021.

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Mark Wahlberg warned Post Malone against getting more face tattoos

Mark Wahlberg has warned Post Malone against getting any more face tattoos.The actor appears alongside the Circles hitmaker in upcoming movie Spenser Confidential, and the two built up a solid friendship during their time working together. During an ap…

Mark Wahlberg has warned Post Malone against getting any more face tattoos.

The actor appears alongside the Circles hitmaker in upcoming movie Spenser Confidential, and the two built up a solid friendship during their time working together.

During an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden earlier this week, Mark revealed that he had talked with the 24-year-old about his extensive selection of inkings, but lamented that the rapper didn’t seem particularly moved by his words.

“Yes, I have (spoken to him), and you know what, he’s now since added more to his face,” he quipped.

Mark then explained how he tried to get his own tattoos removed before his role in 2010’s The Fighter. However, the process took much longer than he had anticipated.

“It took me five years to get the tattoos removed and it’s dreadfully painful,” the 48-year-old shared. “It’s like hot bacon grease getting flicked on you over and over and over again. I told Posty, it’s gonna be a lot of Bud Lights trying to get those things off you.”

When host James asked what Post’s response was, Mark added: “He says what every kid says, what I said when I got my tattoos. ‘Oh no, no, no, they all have meaning. I’m going to keep them forever.’

“But then you realise, I’m pushing 40, I’ve gotta do something about this.”

In a recent interview with GQ magazine, Post stated that his face tattoos are all part of his effort to make himself feel better about his looks.

“I’m a ugly-a*s motherf**ker… It does maybe come from a place of insecurity, to where I don’t like how I look, so I’m going to put something cool on there so I can look at myself and say, ‘You look cool, kid,’ and have a modicum of self-confidence, when it comes to my appearance,” he told the publication.

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Antonio Banderas joining Tom Holland in Uncharted

Antonio Banderas is joining Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg in upcoming action movie Uncharted.The big-screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game has been hit by delays since it was first announced back in 2016, but now the project not only …

Antonio Banderas is joining Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg in upcoming action movie Uncharted.

The big-screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game has been hit by delays since it was first announced back in 2016, but now the project not only has the Oscar-nominated actor onboard, but director Ruben Fleischer has been confirmed to helm the project, according to editors at Variety.

Details on who Banderas will play have not yet been revealed, but he isn’t the only new addition to the cast – Grey’s Anatomy actress Sophia Ali and The 100’s Tati Gabrielle have also landed roles in the action/adventure film.

In January, the movie was rocked when filmmaker Travis Knight announced that he was stepping away from directing duties after production clashed with Holland’s busy Marvel schedule.

Filming on Uncharted was set to begin this year, but delays on the as-yet-unannounced sequel to 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home pushed back the start date.

Holland will play treasure hunter Nathan Drake in the project, with Wahlberg cast as fellow treasure hunter Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan.

Venom director Fleischer is the sixth filmmaker to take charge of the long-gestating movie, following the previous departures of David O. Russell, Neil Burger, Dan Trachtenberg, and Shawn Levy.

Art Marcum and Matt Holloway have penned the script, with Playstation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan serving as executive producers.

Uncharted is set to hit cinemas in March 2021.

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Venom’s Ruben Fleischer tapped for Uncharted – report

Venom director Ruben Fleischer has reportedly been tapped to helm Uncharted.The big-screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game was rocked last week after it was revealed filmmaker Travis Knight had exited the movie after production clashed…

Venom director Ruben Fleischer has reportedly been tapped to helm Uncharted.

The big-screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game was rocked last week after it was revealed filmmaker Travis Knight had exited the movie after production clashed with star Tom Holland’s busy Marvel schedule.

According to Variety, Fleischer is the top of a list of candidates being considered by Sony officials, and sources have told the outlet that the 45-year-old has the job “if he wants it”.

Fleischer helmed Sony’s 2018 anti-superhero movie Venom, starring Tom Hardy, but passed on directing the sequel, with duties handed to Andy Serkis instead. Fleischer is also known for projects like 2009’s Zombieland and its 2019 follow-up, Zombieland 2: Double Tap.

Production on Uncharted was set to begin this year, with a tentative December 2020 release date, but delays on the as-yet-unannounced sequel to 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home pushed back a start date on the video game movie, prompting Knight to quit because of scheduling conflicts.

Holland, who has played the web-slinging superhero since 2017, will play treasure hunter Nathan Drake in the upcoming movie, with Mark Wahlberg cast as fellow treasure hunter Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan.

Knight isn’t the first director to leave Uncharted, with the likes of David O. Russell, Neil Burger, Shawn Levy and Dan Trachtenberg linked to the long-running project, which will be written by Rafe Judkins, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway.

Sony bosses are currently pushing forward with auditions for the female roles in the video game adaptation, as well as the part of villain Gabriel Roman.

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Travis Knight to exit Uncharted over Tom Holland’s busy Spider-Man schedule – report

Director Travis Knight is reportedly set to exit Uncharted because Tom Holland’s busy Spider-Man schedule is delaying filming.The actor, who has played the web-slinging superhero since 2017, is committed to the as-yet-unannounced sequel to 2019’s Spide…

Director Travis Knight is reportedly set to exit Uncharted because Tom Holland’s busy Spider-Man schedule is delaying filming.

The actor, who has played the web-slinging superhero since 2017, is committed to the as-yet-unannounced sequel to 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, which will begin shooting this summer.

Production on Uncharted was set to begin this year, with a tentative December 2020 release date, but delays at the Marvel/Sony blockbuster are reportedly pushing back a production start date for the action adventure, prompting director Knight to exit the adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game series because of timing conflicts.

According to Variety, Sony will still push forward with the film, and Holland is still attached to star, alongside Mark Wahlberg, who joined the cast back in November.

The delay to production on Uncharted was reportedly a surprise for movie bosses, as auditions were only recently being held with actresses for the female roles in the video game adaptation, as well as the part of villain Gabriel Roman.

Now, casting decisions will have to wait as a replacement director is found, Variety adds, as well as the release date being rescheduled.

Knight isn’t the first director to leave Uncharted – which will be written by Rafe Judkins, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Shawn Levy was originally slated to direct but he was later replaced by Dan Trachtenberg, who departed the long-gestating project earlier this year.

Holland will play treasure hunter Nathan Drake in the upcoming movie, with Wahlberg cast as fellow treasure hunter Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan.

A representative for Sony has yet to comment on the report.

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