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10.19.2015

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This is Movie Jail, a unique maximum security prison that houses some of the worst writers, directors, actors and producers from Hollywood and beyond. Their crimes? The offenses vary from convict to convict but most of these inmates have contributed negatively to the film world to some capacity* and his or her misdeeds have covered a long enough period of time that the authorities had to intervene. In each column a defendant is put on trial, arguments are made, and then it is up to YOU, the jury, to decide if the person is guilty or not guilty of crimes against cinema. Their lives are in your hands, dude.

The Defendant

Transformers: Age of Extinction Mark Wahlberg

The Case

The Prosecution: Ted 2, The Gambler, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Broken City, Contraband, The Lovely Bones, Max Payne, The Happening, We Own the Night, Shooter, The Truth About Charlie, Rock Star, Planet of the Apes, The Corruptor, Renaissance Man

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, Mark Wahlberg has come a long way from his underwear modeling and Funky Bunch days, but with more than 20 years of acting under his belt, he's still not a strong actor. The prosecution's main issue with Mr. Wahlberg is that he is incredibly inconsistent with his performances. While he's had great turns in well-received films such as The Departed, The Fighter and Boogie Nights, he has also stunk it up plenty of times on the big screen, and we feel that he too often plays cool and tough guy characters.

Mr. Wahlberg has also starred in several critically panned movies. Transformers: Age of Extinction, Broken City, The Happening and Max Payne all have Rotten Tomatoes scores below 30%, and although they have their fans, critics haven't been that impressed with most of his crime and thriller films (Contraband, We Own the Night, Shooter) either.

Since Mr. Wahlberg has grown as an actor and, outside of a few projects, he's done a slightly better job as of late of avoiding bad movies, the prosecution isn't looking for a life sentence, but he does need to spend at least a couple of months in Movie Jail.

Ted 2 Mark Wahlberg

The Defense: Lone Survivor, 2 Guns, Pain & Gain, Ted, The Other Guys, The Fighter, Date Night, The Departed, Invincible, Four Brothers, I Heart Huckabees, The Italian Job, The Yards, The Perfect Storm, Three Kings, The Big Hit, Traveller, Fear, The Basketball Diaries

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Wahlberg doesn't exactly disappear into roles and some have been bashing his acting skills for years, however the defense doesn't believe he belongs in Movie Jail. If this trial was during his 2007 to 2009 run of bad films, perhaps the prosecution might have a case against my client, but he's had a good amount of success in recent years. Besides receiving high marks from most critics, Lone Survivor and The Fighter were also big hits at the box office, and as a producer, Mr. Wahlberg helped get both films off the ground.

Although Mr. Wahlberg is mostly known for his action roles, he's very underrated when it comes to comedy. The defense thought he was fantastic in Pain & Gain, The Big Hit (the prosecution is a big fan of that movie - deal with it), The Other Guys and I Heart Huckabees, and we would love to see him take more comedic roles.

My client's movies and his performances in them have been hit-or-miss, but he's not as bad of an actor as some people make him out to be, and we doubt most jury members will want to throw him in the clink.

The Fighter Mark Wahlberg

IN CLOSING...

Do you think we should lock Mr. Wahlberg up, or did you immediately go, "What? No!" when you saw that he's up for Movie Jail? Has the actor earned a prison stay, or should he remain a free man? Is Mark Wahlberg GUILTY or NOT GUILTY?

*The cases for and against a defendant going to Movie Jail by the author are not necessarily his views and opinions but they are some of the beliefs that one would use to effectively make an argument for both sides. Not quite a devil's advocate but you get the point. Anyway, this is all in fun so don't take it too seriously. We have a separate jail for those people called "Troll Tower" and believe me you do NOT want to go there.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?

Lone Survivor Mark Wahlberg

LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

Bessie Queen Latifah

Long live the queen! Queen Latifah was found NOT GUILTY of all charges in last week's trial, with jury members saying although she doesn't always appear in the best movies, she's still a very talented actress, and that there also aren't a ton of quality roles being made for forty-year-old African American actresses.

PREVIOUS VERDICTS

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NOT GUILTY Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Nic Cage, John Travolta, Oliver Stone, Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Wes Craven, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Rodriguez, Kristen Stewart, Roland Emmerich, Kevin Costner, Sandra Bullock, Hilary Swank, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Smith, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Anna Faris, Robin Williams, Charlize Theron, Ray Liotta, Jason Statham, Paul Walker, Will Smith, Salma Hayek, Michael Cera, Johnny Depp, Ryan Reynolds, Milla Jovovich, John Singleton, Jon Voight, Jack Black, Brian De Palma, Jerry Bruckheimer, Nicole Kidman, Justin Timberlake, Freddy Krueger (Halloween Edition), Johnny Knoxville, Orlando Bloom, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dan Aykroyd, Sylvester Stallone, Gavin Hood, Jason Lee, Jennifer Garner, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack, Chris Columbus, Clive Owen, Terrence Howard, Andrew Niccol, Drew Barrymore, Steve Martin, Joel Silver, Michelle Rodriguez, Kiefer Sutherland, Dario Argento, Susan Sarandon, Dennis Quaid, Rob Reiner, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mel Gibson, Pierce Brosnan, Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, Ivan Reitman, Stephen Sommers, Shawn Levy, Jai Courtney, Ridley Scott, Peter Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Luc Besson, Jason Reitman, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Connelly, Sienna Miller, Ben Barnes, Simon West, Len Wiseman, Brendan Fraser, Megan Fox, Neal McDonough, Cameron Crowe, Katie Holmes, Elijah Wood, Tarsem Singh, Reese Witherspoon, Burt Reynolds, Ed Helms, Sean Astin, Michael Polish, Kelsey Grammer, Queen Latifah

UPDATES: Robert De Niro, Nicolas Cage and Roland Emmerich, Jim Carrey, Robert Rodriguez and Gerard Butler, Jessica Alba, Julia Roberts and The Farrelly Brothers, Ben Stiller, Tim Burton and Shia LaBeouf, Johnny Depp, Kevin Smith & Chris Rock, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson & Vince Vaughn

Extra Tidbit: Who should stand trial next week? Share your suggestions for actors, directors and writers below with your verdict!
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9:53AM on 10/20/2015
One of the worst actors of the decade... Guilty as sin! lol
One of the worst actors of the decade... Guilty as sin! lol
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5:15AM on 10/20/2015

Guilty

I've never really thought of him much as an actor and I don't really seem to care for most of his films.
I've never really thought of him much as an actor and I don't really seem to care for most of his films.
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9:34PM on 10/19/2015
No. Mark may make shit sometimes, but even his shit is kind of awesome. But usually only because he's the most awesome part about it. He's an entertaining actor and pretty funny too. Not only is he not guilty, but I want to see him make more comedies because he's hilarious.
No. Mark may make shit sometimes, but even his shit is kind of awesome. But usually only because he's the most awesome part about it. He's an entertaining actor and pretty funny too. Not only is he not guilty, but I want to see him make more comedies because he's hilarious.
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6:10PM on 10/19/2015
Wahlberg is the very definition of a hit or miss actor. Some times he's great, other times he's not. Same with his projects. But the good out-weighs the bad, so I say not-guilty.
Wahlberg is the very definition of a hit or miss actor. Some times he's great, other times he's not. Same with his projects. But the good out-weighs the bad, so I say not-guilty.
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5:52PM on 10/19/2015

REALLY?

NOT GUILTY... SOME OF THESE ARE DOWN RIGHT RIDICULOUS.
NOT GUILTY... SOME OF THESE ARE DOWN RIGHT RIDICULOUS.
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3:21PM on 10/19/2015

Not Guilty

His good definitely outweigh the bad, and in a few cases, he was the only bright spot in a few of those movies. Can't blame a guy for needing a job.
His good definitely outweigh the bad, and in a few cases, he was the only bright spot in a few of those movies. Can't blame a guy for needing a job.
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2:51PM on 10/19/2015

Career average: 4.9/10

Not Guilty. His only performances that I didn't like were in PLANET OF THE APES and THE HAPPENING. BOOGIE NIGHTS, 3 KINGS, ENTOURAGE (show and movie), THE DEPARTED, MAX PAYNE, DATE NIGHT, THE OTHER GUYS, THE FIGHTER, TED 1 & 2, PRISONERS (exec. producer), 2 GUNS, TRANSFORMERS 4 and BALLERS varied in quality, but he wasn't bad in any of them. Actually, he saved THE PERFECT STORM, ROCK STAR, WE OWN THE NIGHT, THE LOVELY BONES and BROKEN CITY. However, he should some community service for
Not Guilty. His only performances that I didn't like were in PLANET OF THE APES and THE HAPPENING. BOOGIE NIGHTS, 3 KINGS, ENTOURAGE (show and movie), THE DEPARTED, MAX PAYNE, DATE NIGHT, THE OTHER GUYS, THE FIGHTER, TED 1 & 2, PRISONERS (exec. producer), 2 GUNS, TRANSFORMERS 4 and BALLERS varied in quality, but he wasn't bad in any of them. Actually, he saved THE PERFECT STORM, ROCK STAR, WE OWN THE NIGHT, THE LOVELY BONES and BROKEN CITY. However, he should some community service for constantly choosing bad projects, and also for not focusing enough on comedies. I think that's his forte.

Next week: Candice Bergen, Jason Blum, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Elisha Cuthbert, Danny DeVito, Matt Dillon, Brad Fuller, Heather Graham, Melanie Griffith, Raja Gosnell, Don Johnson, Angelina Jolie, Jamie Kennedy, Ben Kingsley, Brian Levant, Eugene Levy, Lucy Liu, Robert Luketic, James Marsden, Neal Moritz, Amanda Peet, Sean Penn, Kelly Preston, Meg Ryan, Barry Sonnenfeld, Barbra Streisand or Patrick Warburton.
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2:33PM on 10/19/2015

Not Guilty

He has enough charisma now to carry even rubbish
He has enough charisma now to carry even rubbish
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2:23PM on 10/19/2015

Not Guilty

I find many of his films to be extremely entertaining. I don't think Mark is the best actor, he has had some duds. But he doesn't aim to be a-list Leonardo DiCaprio. Even johnny Depp has a number of duds.
Just recently watched the Gambler. I thought it was great. Ted was great, or course Boogie Nights was perhaps his best film. Nobody was going to save Transformers Age of Extinction, so Mark Wahlberg did reasonably well there. I'm not voting for movie jail. He is a cinematic
I find many of his films to be extremely entertaining. I don't think Mark is the best actor, he has had some duds. But he doesn't aim to be a-list Leonardo DiCaprio. Even johnny Depp has a number of duds.
Just recently watched the Gambler. I thought it was great. Ted was great, or course Boogie Nights was perhaps his best film. Nobody was going to save Transformers Age of Extinction, so Mark Wahlberg did reasonably well there. I'm not voting for movie jail. He is a cinematic over-achiever and that counts for a lot.
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1:40PM on 10/19/2015

Not guilty

He's not the most versatile guy around, unless you count his comedic roles. But I like Mark Wahlberg, and am honestly surprised he's even up here. Now, there was a time when he seemed like kind of a one-trick pony, but that was before I Heart Huckabees and The Departed. And special mention to 2 Guns, which is not a great movie, but fun enough, and he could hold his own against Denzel Washington, which is something I hadn't seen happen since Training Day.
He's not the most versatile guy around, unless you count his comedic roles. But I like Mark Wahlberg, and am honestly surprised he's even up here. Now, there was a time when he seemed like kind of a one-trick pony, but that was before I Heart Huckabees and The Departed. And special mention to 2 Guns, which is not a great movie, but fun enough, and he could hold his own against Denzel Washington, which is something I hadn't seen happen since Training Day.
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12:09PM on 10/19/2015

Not Guilty

I like the guy and think he is a decent actor.
I like the guy and think he is a decent actor.
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12:04PM on 10/19/2015

Guilty

If he would stick to playing dumb guy comedic roles (he's great in Pain and Gain and Ted) this would be a not guilty. But he's just not good when it comes to action or drama.
If he would stick to playing dumb guy comedic roles (he's great in Pain and Gain and Ted) this would be a not guilty. But he's just not good when it comes to action or drama.
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1:59PM on 10/19/2015
Boogie Nights, 3 Kings, Lone Survivor, The Perfect Storm,The Departed, The Fighter? The last 2 nominated for best acting awards. I think he does ok when it comes to other films than comedy. Sure he has some duds...but, that's a pretty good list of films right there, that he was pretty good in.
Boogie Nights, 3 Kings, Lone Survivor, The Perfect Storm,The Departed, The Fighter? The last 2 nominated for best acting awards. I think he does ok when it comes to other films than comedy. Sure he has some duds...but, that's a pretty good list of films right there, that he was pretty good in.
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11:41AM on 10/19/2015
Not Guilty.
Not Guilty.
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11:35AM on 10/19/2015

Guilty

Seriously, what self respecting cinema enthusiast goes out of their way to see a Wahlberg film? His acting is bland and he just seems like a Hollywood douche to me. Entourage, enough said.
Seriously, what self respecting cinema enthusiast goes out of their way to see a Wahlberg film? His acting is bland and he just seems like a Hollywood douche to me. Entourage, enough said.
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11:15AM on 10/19/2015

Not Guilty

Marky Mark gets my green vote. He wont win an Oscar but he's always consistent and delivers in good films.
Marky Mark gets my green vote. He wont win an Oscar but he's always consistent and delivers in good films.
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10:43AM on 10/19/2015

Not guilty

But let's face it, he's not a good actor. While some good actors often get stuck with bad roles and try to make the best of it, Wahlberg's performance is often one of the biggest reason some of his films are bad. He can be used wisely in comedy roles but you'd need to be extra careful before casting him in an action film, or a drama.
But let's face it, he's not a good actor. While some good actors often get stuck with bad roles and try to make the best of it, Wahlberg's performance is often one of the biggest reason some of his films are bad. He can be used wisely in comedy roles but you'd need to be extra careful before casting him in an action film, or a drama.
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9:24AM on 10/19/2015

Not guilty

Not guilty, but he needs to be in better company
Not guilty, but he needs to be in better company
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9:09AM on 10/19/2015
Not guilty.
Not guilty.
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9:09AM on 10/19/2015
He's a Peacock, You gotta let him FLY!
He's a Peacock, You gotta let him FLY!
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9:06AM on 10/19/2015

no chance

No way no how. On his worst day... you get Mark Wahlberg (which is all you can expect), on a great day you get Really Good Mark Wahlberg (which is way more than you should expect). No one could have saved The Happening or Rock Star.
No way no how. On his worst day... you get Mark Wahlberg (which is all you can expect), on a great day you get Really Good Mark Wahlberg (which is way more than you should expect). No one could have saved The Happening or Rock Star.
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9:00AM on 10/19/2015
He gets jail time for The Happening and Transformers alone. However he gets a suspended sentence and probation for The Other Guys. That movie gets funnier every time I watch it
He gets jail time for The Happening and Transformers alone. However he gets a suspended sentence and probation for The Other Guys. That movie gets funnier every time I watch it
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12:10PM on 10/19/2015
Terry Hoitz!
Terry Hoitz!
8:45AM on 10/19/2015

Guilty of overexposure

Part of the reason he's up for this award is that he whores himself out too much. He's not a terrible actor, but I'm just tired of seeing his face on everything.
Part of the reason he's up for this award is that he whores himself out too much. He's not a terrible actor, but I'm just tired of seeing his face on everything.
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8:39AM on 10/19/2015

Not guilty

Sure he has made a few poor choices but he isn't the reason those movies are bad.
He is so good in The Departed he'd be worthy of a suspended sentence for that alone.
Sure he has made a few poor choices but he isn't the reason those movies are bad.
He is so good in The Departed he'd be worthy of a suspended sentence for that alone.
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2:20PM on 10/19/2015
He may have been good, but all he was doing was being his old asshole self from when he lived in Massachusetts.
He may have been good, but all he was doing was being his old asshole self from when he lived in Massachusetts.
8:37AM on 10/19/2015

Guilty (kinda)

These days he's a consistently bland action movie star, for the most part. He tends to play a fairly unremarkable everyman. Maybe that's what's required sometimes, but generally I feel like he could bring more personality to the party. He's had a few good roles, but he's not the sort of actor that would make me want to see a film. He's just not very interesting.
These days he's a consistently bland action movie star, for the most part. He tends to play a fairly unremarkable everyman. Maybe that's what's required sometimes, but generally I feel like he could bring more personality to the party. He's had a few good roles, but he's not the sort of actor that would make me want to see a film. He's just not very interesting.
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8:32AM on 10/19/2015

Not Guilty

I admit that Wahlberg's movies range from bad to very good, but there's no doubt that he's entertaining and a great screen presence.
I admit that Wahlberg's movies range from bad to very good, but there's no doubt that he's entertaining and a great screen presence.
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8:32AM on 10/19/2015
Not Guilty. We own the night was put forward for a case? It should be in the defence.
Not Guilty. We own the night was put forward for a case? It should be in the defence.
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8:32AM on 10/19/2015

NOT GUILTY

one of my favorites actors in Hollywood.
Very talented and so underrated. He can pull off brillantly action movies, dramatic roles (we own the night, the yards, the fighter), comedies (ted) and auteur movies such as I heart Huckabees... How many actors have such a range like him ? AND NOT GUILTY CAUSE WAHLBURGERS RESTAURANT IS MY FAVORITE PLACE IN BOSTON !
one of my favorites actors in Hollywood.
Very talented and so underrated. He can pull off brillantly action movies, dramatic roles (we own the night, the yards, the fighter), comedies (ted) and auteur movies such as I heart Huckabees... How many actors have such a range like him ? AND NOT GUILTY CAUSE WAHLBURGERS RESTAURANT IS MY FAVORITE PLACE IN BOSTON !
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9:21AM on 10/19/2015
I think he was brilliant in Fear. That's one scary Mark Wahlberg!
I think he was brilliant in Fear. That's one scary Mark Wahlberg!
8:28AM on 10/19/2015

Not Guilty

Even though I don't enjoy all of his films, Wahlberg is a very good actor when provided with right material (Fear, I Heart Huckabees, The Departed, The Fighter). It's just that, I feel he does too many shitty films in between the great ones which makes it difficult sometimes to remember how good of an actor he actually is.
Even though I don't enjoy all of his films, Wahlberg is a very good actor when provided with right material (Fear, I Heart Huckabees, The Departed, The Fighter). It's just that, I feel he does too many shitty films in between the great ones which makes it difficult sometimes to remember how good of an actor he actually is.
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8:18AM on 10/19/2015

Guilty!

Not a good actor. Transformers (4) and Ted as well as The Other Guys....'nuff said.
Not a good actor. Transformers (4) and Ted as well as The Other Guys....'nuff said.
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8:09AM on 10/19/2015

Not guilty

Walhberg has come dangerously close to being thrown in there with a line of shitty movies but the guy bounces back. I like the guy. His career can be a little frustrating at times, there are times when I've wondered what the hell he was thinking but he always manages to redeem himself. Now I will say his inconsistency will probably cause him to not be considered a great actor, or even within the top teir of his generation. I would say I'm always cautiously optimistic when it comes to his
Walhberg has come dangerously close to being thrown in there with a line of shitty movies but the guy bounces back. I like the guy. His career can be a little frustrating at times, there are times when I've wondered what the hell he was thinking but he always manages to redeem himself. Now I will say his inconsistency will probably cause him to not be considered a great actor, or even within the top teir of his generation. I would say I'm always cautiously optimistic when it comes to his projects; it is a little hard to get hyped up every time he does a movie because I think there's a good chance the movie could be terrible.
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8:00AM on 10/19/2015
Not guilty. Sure, some of the prosecution's movies aren't good but I believe Mark Wahlberg gave his best shots with the materials provided. He's one rare actor who can perform a variety of roles. Not guilty for me.
Not guilty. Sure, some of the prosecution's movies aren't good but I believe Mark Wahlberg gave his best shots with the materials provided. He's one rare actor who can perform a variety of roles. Not guilty for me.
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