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Day 1 - Comic-Con - July 24, 2008: MARK WAHLBERG HAS NO AVERSION TO 'PAYNE'

The Academy Award nominated actor talks about jumping aboard the video game adaptation and speaks briefly about his HAPPENING experience

By CARL CORTEZ, Contributing Editor
Published 7/25/2008



LOCATION: Comic-Con

THE SKINNY: Speaking from Comic-Con yesterday, actor Mark Wahlberg was very enthusiastic about his new film MAX PAYNE which is based on the popular video game of the same name.

Of course, the Academy Award nominated actor was a little hesitant when he first offered PAYNE.

“When I read the script, I said, ‘this is awesome where did it come from?’” recalls Wahlberg who then changed his tune when he was told it was based on a video game. “And I said, ‘f*ck no, I don’t want to do that.’ [I was told], ‘no, it’s cool, you should check it out.’ So I started doing a little research and thought ‘wow this story is really elaborate there’s a lot going on in it.”

After the critical drubbing the actor took in M. Night Shyamalan’s summer turkey THE HAPPENING, the actor himself says he was thrilled when he came out of the looping stage of MAX PAYNE recently.

“I was so happy my career was saved,” Wahlberg says with a laugh noting he had a blast working with Shyamalan, and that he was surprised how much the director is attacked for his work.

“It was great for me to do a different type of character,” he adds. “But people are chopping him up [in the press]. He’s a great talent though.”

Wahlberg does recall Shyamalan telling him, after THE HAPPENING opens, he could put his action movie past behind him.

“He said, ‘after [THE HAPPENING], you’ll never have to hold a gun again,’” recalls Wahlberg. “[I said], ‘Are you insane. This is why you want to work with me in the first place.’”


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