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Mila meets Max

Mar. 10, 2008by: Mike Sampson

Mila Kunis, soon to be seen in FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, has signed on to co-star with Mark Wahlberg in the upcoming videogame adaptation MAX PAYNE. Kunis will star as Mona Sax, an assassin who teams up with Wahlberg's Payne to avenge the death of his wife and baby. Presumably making out will also ensue. John Moore (BEHIND ENEMY LINES) will direct the film for Fox based on a script by Beau Thorne. The original game was released for Xbox and PS2 in 2001 with a sequel ("The Fall of Max Payne") released in 2003. A third "Max Payne" game was announced shortly thereafter but has never progressed any further than that. It will be interested to see a game like MAX PAYNE, which was so heavily influenced by film, be adapted into a movie itself without seeming overly derivative of the movies it was inspired by (like John Woo's classics and THE MATRIX). Wahlberg recently wrapped filming on THE LOVELY BONES for Peter Jackson and will begin filming PAYNE later this spring in Toronto. And before you ask, yes, Fox is planning for a PG-13 adaptation.

Extra Tidbit: Kunis has been dating Macauley Culkin for six years (?!).
Source: Variety

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12:56PM on 03/11/2008

Do we really need this?

I'm sorry, maybe it's just me, but whenever I think of Max Payne, I can't help think about The Punisher. Not quite the same story, but enough similarities for my mind to make that connection.

As for Mila as Mona, I'm not convinced either. I guess I can't see her as anyone other than Jackie on That 70's Show either. She's hot though, I'll give her that.
I'm sorry, maybe it's just me, but whenever I think of Max Payne, I can't help think about The Punisher. Not quite the same story, but enough similarities for my mind to make that connection.

As for Mila as Mona, I'm not convinced either. I guess I can't see her as anyone other than Jackie on That 70's Show either. She's hot though, I'll give her that.
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1:53AM on 03/11/2008

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ummm....you want to see mark as more of an actor? didn't he get nominated for an academy award? what more do you want from the guy? he's been on screen non-stop for the past couple years, what else do ya need?


and pg-13 pisses me the fuck off. how about we all go the way of snakes on a plane and try to make that shit 'r'.
ummm....you want to see mark as more of an actor? didn't he get nominated for an academy award? what more do you want from the guy? he's been on screen non-stop for the past couple years, what else do ya need?


and pg-13 pisses me the fuck off. how about we all go the way of snakes on a plane and try to make that shit 'r'.
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10:38PM on 03/10/2008

Do You Believe It?

They show us a pic of one of the toughest babes of the last 10 years and everyone is worrying about her "acting skills"?!

Milla...you just keep moving on babe. With that black hair, pouty lips and other assests...

Acting skills? She's a gorgeous spinner. Don't worry about no acting skills.

Sheesh.
They show us a pic of one of the toughest babes of the last 10 years and everyone is worrying about her "acting skills"?!

Milla...you just keep moving on babe. With that black hair, pouty lips and other assests...

Acting skills? She's a gorgeous spinner. Don't worry about no acting skills.

Sheesh.
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3:04PM on 03/10/2008

Eh

I'll hold back any judgments until I actually see some footage, but Mila Kunis looks like shes 20. Wasn't Mona like Mid-30s (and looked it)? I thought she was supposed to be around the same age as Payne and she definitely had that world-weary look and voice. I don't know how well I can get behind this casting choice.
I'll hold back any judgments until I actually see some footage, but Mila Kunis looks like shes 20. Wasn't Mona like Mid-30s (and looked it)? I thought she was supposed to be around the same age as Payne and she definitely had that world-weary look and voice. I don't know how well I can get behind this casting choice.
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1:09PM on 03/10/2008
I don't mean to nitpick, but "Max Payne" was actually a PC game that was PORTED to the Xbox and PS2. The sequel was developed for all three. Just FYI.
I don't mean to nitpick, but "Max Payne" was actually a PC game that was PORTED to the Xbox and PS2. The sequel was developed for all three. Just FYI.
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12:57PM on 03/10/2008

The Evil Bastard's two cents on max payne:

-5 years and still no Max Payne 3?! What the hell?!

-Milla as Mona: GREAT CHOICE. So long as there's not even A HINT of Jackie from T70S in her performance. Or Meg from FG, while we're on the subject.

-I'm sure Wahlberg will do a great job, but Devils I agree, they could have chosen someone more suitable. I personally think Eric Mabius would fit the role fine. Hell, he looks just like Max from the first game.
-5 years and still no Max Payne 3?! What the hell?!

-Milla as Mona: GREAT CHOICE. So long as there's not even A HINT of Jackie from T70S in her performance. Or Meg from FG, while we're on the subject.

-I'm sure Wahlberg will do a great job, but Devils I agree, they could have chosen someone more suitable. I personally think Eric Mabius would fit the role fine. Hell, he looks just like Max from the first game.
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12:33PM on 03/10/2008
Idk about this. She sorta has the look. But that voice...I just think of her annoying as shit character on That 70s Show
Idk about this. She sorta has the look. But that voice...I just think of her annoying as shit character on That 70s Show
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12:31PM on 03/10/2008

Wow.

I'm probably the biggest Max Payne fan out there, and I think this is a damn good casting choice. I still think they could've done better for Max, though. I like ol' Marky Mark and all, but I don't see him for this character. He needs to be more of an actor. To me, despite all the action he may have to do, Max comes down to that voice of his, and Wahlberg simply doesn't have it. Now, someone like Kiefer Sutherland could really do it for me. Either way, I'm excited. It's one of my favorite games
I'm probably the biggest Max Payne fan out there, and I think this is a damn good casting choice. I still think they could've done better for Max, though. I like ol' Marky Mark and all, but I don't see him for this character. He needs to be more of an actor. To me, despite all the action he may have to do, Max comes down to that voice of his, and Wahlberg simply doesn't have it. Now, someone like Kiefer Sutherland could really do it for me. Either way, I'm excited. It's one of my favorite games of all time, and it could be one of the best action movies ever made.
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11:06AM on 03/10/2008

LOL

nice Home Alone reference, mr boejangles
nice Home Alone reference, mr boejangles
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8:52AM on 03/10/2008
when i read the Macauley Culkin bit, i put my hands to my face and screamed... but then i tipped my hat to him.
when i read the Macauley Culkin bit, i put my hands to my face and screamed... but then i tipped my hat to him.
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