Mark Wahlberg hopes Mile 22 will define his career

Mark Wahlberg is hopeful that Mile 22 will be the film that defines his acting career.Directed by Peter Berg from a script by Lea Carpenter and Graham Roland, the flick follows the actor’s character James Silva, an elite American intelligence agent, …

Mark Wahlberg is hopeful that Mile 22 will be the film that defines his acting career.

Directed by Peter Berg from a script by Lea Carpenter and Graham Roland, the flick follows the actor’s character James Silva, an elite American intelligence agent, who tries to secretly move a police officer with sensitive information out of a foreign country.

While Wahlberg has headlined a string of action movies, including 2007’s Shooter, he is adamant that Mile 22 will have a lasting impact.

“I’ve been able to make a lot of different movies in a lot of different genres, but I still don’t feel like I have the movie role that defines me,” he said, according to Total Film magazine. “I’m really hoping Silva is the thing. I’m hoping that the first thing you think of when you think of Mark Wahlberg is Mile 22.”

Mile 22 sees Wahlberg team with his regular collaborated Berg, with the pair previously working together on war film Lone Survivor, disaster drama Deepwater Horizon and Boston Marathon bombing movie Patriots Day.

But with their latest project, the director was determined to show a more vulnerable side to Wahlberg’s protagonist.

“The pressure and stresses create almost a bipolar, manic type of character, and that was something that Mark and I talked about – having Silva somewhat tormented by the nature of the work that he has to do every day,” the filmmaker shared.

Recently, it was reported by The Hollywood Reporter that bosses at STX Entertainment were already looking to make a sequel for Mile 22 and have enlisted a writer. While Berg didn’t comment on the likelihood of a follow-up, he stated that he wants to keep working with Wahlberg on movies.

“People have asked me, well, ‘Why do you guys keep working together?’ I’m like, ‘Why wouldn’t we?’” he smiled.

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Peter Berg was given permission to blow up Bogota by Colombian leader

Filmmaker Peter Berg was given presidential permission to “blow up” downtown Bogota for action scenes in Mile 22 after assuring Colombia’s leader his movie had nothing to do with drugs. President Juan Manuel Santos called for a summit meeting with the…

Filmmaker Peter Berg was given presidential permission to “blow up” downtown Bogota for action scenes in Mile 22 after assuring Colombia’s leader his movie had nothing to do with drugs.

President Juan Manuel Santos called for a summit meeting with the Hollywood director as Berg started making plans to shoot in Bogota, and the star feared the project would be shut down – because it was literally too explosive.

But Santos merely wanted to make sure the film would not dwell on his nation’s dark cocaine history and drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, like so many Hollywood movies.

“We met with President Santos, who was relieved that it wasn’t a film about cocaine,” Berg explains to WENN, “but we had to tell him quickly, ‘We are going to blow everything up in your city…’

“He said that as long as it was a fun action movie, they were happy to move the conversation away from Pablo Escobar.”

But Berg was still nervous about transporting weapons and explosives to the set.

“We’ve got gun fights and big explosions right in downtown Bogota,” he adds. “We were nervous about bringing weapons and the type of explosives that we bring into the country, but President Santos’ guys assured us that we had no problems, and the Colombians couldn’t have been nicer.

“And we didn’t see any cocaine!”

Berg tells WENN he was encouraged to take a risk and shoot Mile 22 in Colombia by a producer pal behind hit TV series Narcos.

“A good friend of mine, who produces Narcos, has done very well and he was a pioneer, the first one to go down there,” the filmmaker explains. “It was on a smaller scale, but he made it work.”

Mile 22, which features Mark Wahlberg, wrestler Ronda Rousey, Lauren Cohan, and John Malkovich, hits theatres in the U.S. on 17 August (18).

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Ronda Rousey stepped out of comfort zone for new film

Ronda Rousey had to completely abandon her signature fighting moves to play a weapons expert in new action film Mile 22. Filmmaker Peter Berg asked the professional wrestler and mixed martial artist to focus on tactical gun-fight training, insisting h…

Ronda Rousey had to completely abandon her signature fighting moves to play a weapons expert in new action film Mile 22.

Filmmaker Peter Berg asked the professional wrestler and mixed martial artist to focus on tactical gun-fight training, insisting he was not interested in her hand-to-hand combat skills.

“He didn’t want me to do any ‘Ronda stuff’,” she told Live with Kelly and Ryan on Wednesday (01Aug18). “So he had me do tactical gun-fighting only. So we had an abandoned hotel, a bunch of real guns, blanks, and a Navy Seal and an Army Ranger showing us how to clear a building and be safe with weapons.

“We didn’t memorise how to do a fight scene with guns, they taught us the actual concepts of how to clear a building and then just throw us in a building.”

Ronda also reveals Berg originally wanted her to be “completely unrecognisable” in the movie, so that the audience could focus on her acting skills.

“He wanted to shave my head, cover me in tattoos,” she said. “He’s like, ‘I want people to be surprised at the end of the movie to find out it’s you and I want people to see that you’re really a great actor, not just a fighter. Show people that you’re more than a fighter’.”

The 31-year-old admits she was nervous at first, but she is glad she was able to flex another one of her skills.

“At first I was a little self conscious because I’m like, ‘Oh, I love doing that stuff, I’m really great at that stuff’, but I know it was a great experience for me to be outside of my comfort zone and flex my thespian muscles,” she added.

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Mark Wahlberg turned to coffee to stay ‘lit’ for intense Mile 22 shoot

Mark Wahlberg turned to his old friend coffee to stay amped while filming action scenes in his new movie Mile 22. The movie star plays high-energy CIA operative Jimmy Silva in his latest collaboration with director pal Peter Berg, and guzzled caffeine…

Mark Wahlberg turned to his old friend coffee to stay amped while filming action scenes in his new movie Mile 22.

The movie star plays high-energy CIA operative Jimmy Silva in his latest collaboration with director pal Peter Berg, and guzzled caffeine throughout the shoot to look and feel wide awake.

“I needed to figure out how I could stay as energetic and as lit as Jimmy Silva is all the time,” Mark tells WENN. “I’m a pretty mellow guy until I really get upset in real life and then it’s a whole other story.

“But to be lit like that the entire time, I resorted to drinking coffee which I don’t drink in my real life… I would drink double shots of cappuccino five times a day.

“I think the last time I drank coffee like that was on (2013 movie) Lone Survivor, and when we went up to the mountain (to shoot scenes) there was no bathroom, so I had to be able to go before I went up or I was going to be very uncomfortable. The only other time I drank coffee before that was when I had to be high on cocaine in Boogie Nights, so I just drank coffee instead.”

Mile 22 is Wahlberg’s fourth film with Berg, and the two friends are also working on a fifth movie for Netflix and a new revamp of 1980s detective series Spenser For Hire.

The actor admits he loves working with the director after discovering a unique chemistry: “We share the same agent who was always trying to put us together and for whatever reason we weren’t really sure (at first),” he explains. “Then, once we got together on Lone Survivor, it was like, ‘Wow!’ It’s a brotherhood, it’s a partnership, a bromance (sic) but we have a real profound respect for each other. We push each other. We don’t mince words.

“We talk all the time. He always FaceTimes me at the most inopportune times!”

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Mark Wahlberg’s Mile 22 getting a sequel

A sequel to Mark Wahlberg’s upcoming action-thriller Mile 22 is already in the works.Directed by Peter Berg from a script by Lea Carpenter and Graham Roland, Mile 22 is set to be released in August (18), with the film telling the fictional story of an …

A sequel to Mark Wahlberg’s upcoming action-thriller Mile 22 is already in the works.

Directed by Peter Berg from a script by Lea Carpenter and Graham Roland, Mile 22 is set to be released in August (18), with the film telling the fictional story of an elite American intelligence agent, as played by Wahlberg, who tries to secretly move a police officer with sensitive information out of a foreign country.

It appears executives from STX Entertainment are already convinced that they have a hit on their hands, as The Hollywood Reporter reported on Monday (25Jun18) that they have enlisted writer Umair Aleem to pen a second instalment.

Aleem previously co-wrote 2015 crime film Extraction, starring Bruce Willis and Kellan Lutz, and is in the pre-production phase on Kate, an action movie about a woman who has to solve her own murder.

There’s no word on plot details for the sequel or a potential release date.

In addition to Wahlberg, the Mile 22 cast also features Lauren Cohan, Ronda Rousey and John Malkovich.

For the project, the 47-year-old action man is re-teaming with his frequent collaborator Berg, who he also worked with on 2013 war film Lone Survivor, disaster drama Deepwater Horizon and Boston Marathon bombing movie Patriots Day.

Speaking about the movie to Empire magazine recently, Berg explained that it was nice to have creative freedom when it came to his latest film.

“Everything’s different. There’s a certain type of pressure that we don’t experience when we’re making something up,” he shared. “There are two other cool pieces to this story that I think people are going to want to see. It’s just a lot of fun to play this part: a very unapologetic, in-your-face guy.”

Wahlberg was last seen onscreen in comedy Daddy’s Home 2 and biographical drama All the Money in the World. He is also currently working on Sean Anders’ Instant Family.

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Ronda Rousey found it hard to convey pain in Mile 22

Ronda Rousey found it difficult to convey pain for her role in upcoming movie Mile 22.The star rose to prominence as a professional wrestler and mixed martial artist but has been transitioning to Hollywood in recent years, nabbing roles in The Expendab…

Ronda Rousey found it difficult to convey pain for her role in upcoming movie Mile 22.

The star rose to prominence as a professional wrestler and mixed martial artist but has been transitioning to Hollywood in recent years, nabbing roles in The Expendables 3 and Furious 7.

While Ronda may be good at fighting in real life, she has now shared that the biggest challenge she found in portraying weapons expert Sam Snow in the action flick was displaying her emotions.

“My whole life I’ve always been taught to never show pain at all,” she told Collider.com. “It could affect the referees, so for someone who’s always had to suppress it, it was a challenge for me to actually go out and show pain. Whether people like it or not, it was very therapeutic for me to actually be able to express myself in a way that I’ve never been allowed to.”

However, Ronda did enjoy getting to grips with the tactical element of her character’s job and liked that she didn’t do so much “hand-to-hand fighting” in the film. She also explained that she had received a lot of support from Peter Berg on set and described him as the “best director” she’s worked with to date.

“He helps me through every scene and gives me the freedom to say things in my own words. But if he wants something in an exact phrase, he can shout it at me. So, he gives me a lot of detail and direction. Instead of ‘That wasn’t so good, let’s do it again’, he’ll give me the exact details of what he wants. As someone who’s been coached all their life, that’s what I need — I need coaching and direction,” the 31-year-old said.

Mile 22, written by Lea Carpenter and Graham Roland, also stars Mark Wahlberg as lead character James Silva, as well as John Malkovich and Iko Uwais. And Ronda divulged that Mark “brings out the best” in the cast.

“Mark has a way of making everybody focused. He’s awesome to have around… He keeps me in that mode of not goofing around too much,” she smiled.

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Mark Wahlberg promises Mile 22 will be packed with action

Mark Wahlberg has promised fans his upcoming movie Mile 22 will be full of heart-pounding action.The actor has appeared in a string of films based on true events in recent years, including 2010’s The Fighter and 2017’s All the Money in the World.But he…

Mark Wahlberg has promised fans his upcoming movie Mile 22 will be full of heart-pounding action.

The actor has appeared in a string of films based on true events in recent years, including 2010’s The Fighter and 2017’s All the Money in the World.

But he is now looking forward to promoting straight action flick Mile 22, a fictional story from screenwriters Lea Carpenter and Graham Roland which follows an elite American intelligence agent who tries to secretly move a police officer with sensitive information out of a foreign country.

“The idea was to get away from the true stories and just have some fun,” he divulged to Empire magazine.

For the project, Wahlberg is re-teaming with director Peter Berg, who he also worked with on 2013 war film Lone Survivor, disaster drama Deepwater Horizon and Boston Marathon bombing movie Patriots Day. Speaking about the movie, Berg explained that it was nice to have more creative freedom when it came to telling the story.

“Everything’s different. There’s a certain type of pressure that we don’t experience when we’re making something up,” he shared. “There are two other cool pieces to this story that I think people are going to want to see. It’s just a lot of fun to play this part: a very unapologetic, in-your-face guy. We always looked at him like Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive.”

Mile 22 also features John Malkovich and Lauren Cohan, as well as Iko Uwais and professional wrestler Ronda Rousey – who will no doubt offer up some exciting fight scenes.

The film is due to hit cinemas from August (18).

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Mark Wahlberg’s The Six Billion Dollar Man pushed back a year

Mark Wahlberg’s The Six Billion Dollar Man has been pushed back a year to 2020.The actor is set to play Colonel Steve Austin, a part made famous by Lee Majors, who becomes half machine following a near-death accident, in the long-awaited adaptation of …

Mark Wahlberg’s The Six Billion Dollar Man has been pushed back a year to 2020.

The actor is set to play Colonel Steve Austin, a part made famous by Lee Majors, who becomes half machine following a near-death accident, in the long-awaited adaptation of the classic 1970s sci-fi TV show.

While the project has been in development since 2014, it has faced a number of setbacks, with Warner Bros. executives confirming to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday (23May18) that the film’s release date has been moved from 31 May 2019 to 5 June 2020.

Filming on The Six Billion Dollar Man was originally due to begin in early 2015 but it was reported in November that year that director Peter Berg had left the film and had been replaced by Damian Szifron, who would also pen the script.

However, the film faced a further shake-up last December when Warner Bros. purchased the rights to the movie from The Weinstein Company, the production company co-run by disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. In addition, Szifron announced last Wednesday that he would no longer be directing the movie, reportedly due to creative differences.

Warner Bros. bosses are currently seeking his replacement.

Meanwhile, the studio has also switched up some of its other scheduled releases. Crazy Rich Asians is set to hit cinemas from 15 August 2018, Godzilla 2 will now be released on 31 May 2019, and Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep, a sequel to The Shining, will open on 24 January 2020.

Wahlberg was most recently seen onscreen in family comedy Daddy’s Home 2 and drama All the Money in the World, and is currently filming Mile 22, an action flick about an elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, who tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country.

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