Under the Radar

'Lone Survivor' Wahlberg Rages for the Troops

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Mark Wahlberg plays Marcus Luttrell in Peter Berg's new movie based on Luttrell's memoir Lone Survivor and the part may just be the role of his career.

Everyone involved in the movie is pretty excited about the result and Universal Pictures is so confident that the've been hosting early screenings of the movie, including on this past Tuesday at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles. After the screening, Wahlberg took the stage with Berg and Luttrell for a Q&A session.


The moderator, Festival Director Jacqueline Lyanga, asked Mark about his rigorous training and the actor let loose with a profane rant that was captured with someone's phone and posted to TMZ.

Of course, that's the same TMZ that stirred things up with a slightly misleading report that claimed Tom Cruise compared making a movie to fighting in Afghanistan. After a few places (including us) pointed out the truth, TMZ sort of backed down themselves. Obviously, Mark's a busy guy and maybe only heard about the first report from the guys down at the gym.

Of course, he's still right: it's ridiculous to compare movies to service in a war zone. But making action movies in a remote location is also a hell of lot harder than (for example) sleeping in your own bed and commuting 15 minutes to an L.A. soundstage dressed to look like Vegas when you're making episodes of CSI. If Lone Survivor is as good as the trailer makes it look, Mark should take some credit for the effort. Anyone who served will be able to recognize the hard work and won't accuse Mark of confusing his efforts with real-life sacrifice. Lone Survivor debuts in New York and Los Angeles on December 25th and in the rest of the country January 10th, 2014.


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