Mark Wahlberg's $#%@-filled apology (sort of) for The Happening

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 14, 2012

It's a wonderfully rare thing to hear filmmakers be honest about their work. While promoting his Oscar-friendly drama The Fighter, Wahlberg had some choice words for his M. Night Shyamalan eco-thriller.

Wahlberg recalled having lunch with his Fighter costar Amy Adams, who apparently was up for a role in Shyamalan's horror-esque flop about a tree-prompted apocalypse.

"She dodged the bullet. And then I was still able to ... I don't want to tell you what movie ... all right. The Happening. F--k it. It is what it is. F--king trees, man. The plants. F--k it. You can't blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn't playing a cop or a crook."

You can't fault the guy for taking the role, because he's right: Any chance for an actor to stretch is a welcome one, and Wahlberg is, for better or worse, usually typecast as a Boston-bred thug or cop with a thug's mentality. And when a fella is promoting a film, his job is to make you want to go see it, even if it's a crime against cinema.

But to hear Wahlberg voice that which we all know to be true is rather refreshing. Now, let's talk about Planet of the Apes ...

(via Collider)