Mark Wahlberg

July 27, 2013

I am Mark Wahlberg Ask Me Anything

I have someone typing out my responses to help save time, meaning I can answer more of your questions. I will be reading and choosing the questions I want to answer, and the responses being given are 100% my words.


Update: Thanks for all the questions, everyone! Go see 2 Guns on August 2nd!

Do you still have the cardboard cutout drawing of yourself that you got from me backstage in columbia south carolina in february of 92? i also made sylvester and tweety.

I don't know if I still have it, I've moved quite a few times. I have a storage space with a bunch of stuff that I plan to put in my new house.

Mark, my favorite movie of yours is The Departed. Can you describe what making that movie was like?

It was a lot of fun, I loved going off on Leo and Matt. Bill Monahan is my favorite writer. I liked the spirit of that character because he didn't give a shit about anything and anyone. I was always in character and that would annoy Martin Scorsese, which I had fun with.

Hey Mark!

I've always wondered, how close is Entourage to your life? I know some things are obviously made up but I've always wondered where that line is.

Thanks in advance!

It's similar to my life when I was much younger, although my entourage now is my family. I do have a bunch of guys with me when I work. They look NOTHING like the TV version.


Love them.

Will you sign my copy of The Fighter using maple syrup?

I guess so. Sounds messy though.

Hey Mark! I'm a great fan of your work and my question is about your body-building work. I was wondering what type of program you used for getting ready for "Pain and Gain". Also, what did you bench lol. Thanks, Michael.

Max bench 335, squatting 405. Lots of traditional weightlifting, 80% of it was eating. I went from 165 to 212 in 12 weeks. And then went to 180 in 30 days for 2 Guns.

Jesus tittyfucking christ can you tell us about that cut and how you did it?

By completely changing my workout, doing mostly cardio, playing a lot of basketball...and a lot of dynamic movement stuff.

Will you be opening 2 Guns in Hingham... I live in Weymouth and would love to sit there and wait just to see you just walk by again!!

We are doing a screening in Hingham this coming Tuesday!

when will u start rapping again?

I still freestyle a little every day. :) But no plans to do it professionally again. I wrote a rap called Pepe LePew about one of the guys in my entourage that I sing to him all the time.

Do people who recognize you when you're out casually ever quote lines or song lyrics you're famous for at you? If so, what are the funniest/ most annoying ones to hear?

They do, sometimes...the line from FEAR. "It all could've been different, Mr. Walker. You should have allowed nature to take its course. So let me in the fucking house." Another one is from THE DEPARTED: "I'm the guy who's doing his job, you must be the other guy."

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hi mark whats the news on making a ted 2?

We're waiting on the script! Supposed to start shooting in May.

What's it like being a catholic in hollywood?

It's great!

Who's going to win tonight mark the Redsox or Orioles?

If I knew that, I'd be betting a lot of money in Vegas!

If you weren't a legendary actor/musician/model, what would you be doing?

Construction worker? Teamster? My dad was a teamster. I worked as a tow truck driver before I started my career.

What's it like to work with Denzel. He seems like a cool guy.

Fantastic! He's one of my favorite actors of all time. We had a lot of fun on set.

First off, you're amazing -- I loved you in I <3 Huckabees.

I just watched "Shooter" -- I know you aren't probably sharpshooter status, but do you think all these action movies have made you a better shot? Have you ever actually shot a real gun with live ammo?

Thank you! When I was training for SHOOTER, I hit a target at 1000 yards.

I love you, man. In a bromance kind of way.

I appreciate that and respect that. I feel like when I have guys that respect my work, it's a nice compliment.

Yo Mark, have you ever done a movie because the story or script was right but final cut was shit and you couldn't hate it publicly? If so, which movies?

Yes, on more than one occasion. But we always set out to make the best possible version of the movie, it just doesn't always turn out that way.

What's your favourite band/musician? favourite movie?

I haven't bought music in a while. Probably U2. I live Mumford and Sons too. The best record I heard in a long time was Adele's 21. I also like The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. I like some of the new Jay-Z and Kanye too. One of the coolest movies that I've seen was HEADHUNTERS, a Norwegian movie that came out last year I think.

Hey Mark, is it fun when you, Seth MacFarlane and Matt Damon all get together and do Boston accents?

Haha, we haven't done that but I imagine it would be fun.

Did you smoke hella weed while filming TED?

The weed in TED was not real. It's an herbal thing they use for movies. Back in the day, I probably would have insisted it be real.

Was keeping a straight face hard when on set of Ted?

It was really hard, Seth is so funny and the situations were so crazy.

Best thing about being Mark Wahlberg?

Worst thing about being Mark Wahlberg?

What is your most embarrassing moment?

Best thing: beautiful wife and kids, a job that I love, I have no real complaints. Worst thing: my gastrointestinal issues. Most embarrassing moment: I just passed gas in front of the hotel housekeeper.

Mark, I'm 20, and I just moved from Boston to LA... Any advice?

Stay in it for the long haul. And take Fountain. :)

What role does your faith play in your life?

Role number one. I go to church every day.

Will you ever do another film with Martin Scorsese?

I hope so! He's one of the most talented directors of all time and I learned so much from him on THE DEPARTED.

What is you favourite genre of movie to play in? Also how do you achive being funny...withut really being funny if that makes sence?

I like all genres of film. The humor comes from the absurdity of the situations, but I play the scenes as seriously as possible.

Bro... Ted. Fucking hilarious. Props for that. How hard is it trying to act and pretend something is there when it isn't like a talking teddy bear ect.

I like all genres of film. The humor comes from the absurdity of the situations, but I play the scenes as seriously as possible.

Mark,Now that Whitey Bulger has been caught.Has he or anyone associated with him contacted or commented to you about the departed?

We've heard he was a big fan of the movie but I haven't had contact with him.

Marky Mark! Boxers or briefs?

Neither! I wear Lulu Lemon boxer-brief-bike-short-type things. They are very comfortable.

If you could work with any actor/actress dead or alive (with whom you have not yet worked), who would it be and why?

That's a tough one. James Cagney, Steve McQueen and John Garfield. They all remind me of my dad and inspire me.

i live in lowell what was it like being able to work with micky ward. also how is it to work with christian Bale

I love Lowell! Loved working with Micky and Christian. I loved being the guy who was able to bring Micky's story to the big screen.

I loved the fighter, its one of my favorite movies in general. What was your favorite project to work on and whats your favorite movie of all time?

I love making movies that I'm passionate about. The ones that are the most difficult to get made are usually the best.

I won't lie, when I first saw the Departed (I was in grade 6), I couldn't help but notice how often I'd mix you and Matt Damon up. Has a fan ever approached you thinking you were Matt Damon?

Not that I know of, but I have gotten some fan mail with photos of him to sign.

Why did you stand me up for our date last night?

I think you must have me confused with Matt Damon. :)

Mark, would you say hi to my mother for me?

Done. Hi Mom!

heyyyyyy i cant stop watching the Italian Job , like one of my absolute favorite movies :) how was filming that in Venice?? would you go back :) ?

Yes, loved Venice! It was so cool to shoot on boats in the canals, and the food is awesome, of course.

Do you have any specific requests when staying in a hotel?

No but I always bring cases of Aquahydrate with me wherever I go.

How often do you flex in the mirror? C'mon dont lie..

Haha, well I don't really look in the mirror except when I'm in my gym...

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Thanks for all the questions, everyone! Go see 2 Guns on August 2nd!

This interview was transcribed from an "ask me anything" question and answer session with Mark Wahlberg conducted on Reddit on 2013-07-27. The Reddit AMA can be found here.