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Mark Wahlberg takes the Bait for Universal action-comedy

Apr. 5, 2011by:
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After trying his hand at unintentional comedy in M. Night Shyamalan's THE HAPPENING, Mark Wahlberg decided to give some actual comedy a try. He had THE OTHER GUYS last summer, is prepping to film the Seth MacFarlane comedy TED and now has another comedy styled movie on his to-do list. Universal bought the spec script BAIT AND SWITCH for Wahlberg to star in and co-produce.

The film would reunite Wahlberg with Universal and producer Scott Stuber who are working with the actor on TED. Details on the script are being kept under wraps, likely because Wahlberg will have the script tailored to his liking. All that is known about the project at this point is that it'll be an action-comedy and something will be baited and then, quite possible, switched.

Wahlberg has a busy schedule with both TED and CONTRABAND filming this year and a rumored role in UNCHARTED plus his talks of a sequel to THE FIGHTER.

So do you like Mark Wahlberg more as a serious actor, a la THE FIGHTER, or do you like him better when he's being funny? Or is an action-comedy really the perfect genre for him?

Source: Variety

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5:06AM on 04/07/2011
people don't give wahlberg enough credit. He's had alot of good films and if its not drama, his action/comedy have been great too...big hit, italian job, other guys, date night etc. Yeah the happening and max payne sucked, but thats source material and un-fit role (just like uncharted is NOT fit for him). But aside from those he has had a slew of great hits
people don't give wahlberg enough credit. He's had alot of good films and if its not drama, his action/comedy have been great too...big hit, italian job, other guys, date night etc. Yeah the happening and max payne sucked, but thats source material and un-fit role (just like uncharted is NOT fit for him). But aside from those he has had a slew of great hits
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8:28PM on 04/05/2011
I like Wahlberg all the time. He was amazing in "The Fighter" and damn good in "Date Night" and "The Other Guys".
I like Wahlberg all the time. He was amazing in "The Fighter" and damn good in "Date Night" and "The Other Guys".
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6:11PM on 04/05/2011

Date Night

he was pretty funny in Date Night too. One of the better parts of that movie actually. I like Wahlberg a lot - action/comedy suits him really well.
he was pretty funny in Date Night too. One of the better parts of that movie actually. I like Wahlberg a lot - action/comedy suits him really well.
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3:26PM on 04/05/2011
Big fan of Wahlberg. Even in his dramas he brings the comedy (3 Kings, Boogie Nights, the Departed)
Big fan of Wahlberg. Even in his dramas he brings the comedy (3 Kings, Boogie Nights, the Departed)
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2:16PM on 04/05/2011

He's a Peacock, you gotta let him fly!

I think Whalberg can pull off both funny and dramatic. I thought his performance in The Fighter was his best since Three Kings. I enjoyed The Other Guys as well and Im very interested to see some footage of Ted.

One request though: Someone talk Mark into making The Fighter 2 with David O. Russell so both will stay away from making a movie about an antique dealing family and call it Uncharted.
I think Whalberg can pull off both funny and dramatic. I thought his performance in The Fighter was his best since Three Kings. I enjoyed The Other Guys as well and Im very interested to see some footage of Ted.

One request though: Someone talk Mark into making The Fighter 2 with David O. Russell so both will stay away from making a movie about an antique dealing family and call it Uncharted.
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2:10PM on 04/05/2011
I'd have to say that Mark Wahlberg is a lot better than most people tend to think. He's been in some great movies, no doubt. People give him harsh criticism because they dont like the fact that a guy can be this good in a variety of genres and also with all the success he's had. He takes a lot of risks with his roles, something they incorporated into Vinny Chase's character on Entourage.
I'd have to say that Mark Wahlberg is a lot better than most people tend to think. He's been in some great movies, no doubt. People give him harsh criticism because they dont like the fact that a guy can be this good in a variety of genres and also with all the success he's had. He takes a lot of risks with his roles, something they incorporated into Vinny Chase's character on Entourage.
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1:00PM on 04/05/2011
I dig Wahlberg, he's a remarkably likeable guy and he brings a subtle and understated quality to his roles. He has plenty of ability when it comes to comedy and I've not once seen him anything I didn't like him in. He's kinda dependable that way, and I don't think that's a bad thing.
I dig Wahlberg, he's a remarkably likeable guy and he brings a subtle and understated quality to his roles. He has plenty of ability when it comes to comedy and I've not once seen him anything I didn't like him in. He's kinda dependable that way, and I don't think that's a bad thing.
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11:20AM on 04/05/2011
I think Wahlberg has some pretty decent comedic chops. He's good at playing semi-psychotics like in I Heart Huckabees, The Departed, and The Other Guys. He can play naive well, too. But he's terrible as a straight man. He needs to be edgy.
I think Wahlberg has some pretty decent comedic chops. He's good at playing semi-psychotics like in I Heart Huckabees, The Departed, and The Other Guys. He can play naive well, too. But he's terrible as a straight man. He needs to be edgy.
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10:23AM on 04/05/2011
I think Wahlberg is a terric actor and is better at drama than comedy. His best roles have been in dramas (i.e. "The Departed", "I Heart Huckabees", "The Fighter", "Fear"). We have not seen him in many comedies except for "The Other Guys", which he was good in.

I'd rather see him do more dramas than comedies, but I wouldn't mind him crossing over to do a comedy once in a while.
I think Wahlberg is a terric actor and is better at drama than comedy. His best roles have been in dramas (i.e. "The Departed", "I Heart Huckabees", "The Fighter", "Fear"). We have not seen him in many comedies except for "The Other Guys", which he was good in.

I'd rather see him do more dramas than comedies, but I wouldn't mind him crossing over to do a comedy once in a while.
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