If Hollywood people weren’t terrified of offending each other and didn’t spend 98% of their press interviews kissing each other’s asses, an actor bashing a movie he was in probably wouldn’t make news, but here we are. Mark Wahlberg has gone ahead and admitted M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening sucked, and only three years after he read the script.
Throw Shyammy from the train under the bus, Collider:
Asked to talk about his co-star Amy Adams [during press for The Fighter], Wahlberg revealed that they almost did a previous movie together and that’s when the truth started tumbling out:
“I was such a huge fan of [Amy Adams]. We’d actually had the luxury of having lunch before to talk about another movie, and it was a bad movie that I did. She dodged the bullet. I don’t want to tell you what movie… All right, The Happening with M. Night Shyamalan. It is what it is. F*cking trees, man, the plants. F*ck it. You can’t blame me for wanting to try to play a science teacher. You know? I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook.”
Meanwhile, Wahlberg remained curiously silent on the subject of The Lovely Bones, Date Night, Max Payne, We Own the Night, Shooter, Invincible, Four Brothers, Rock Star, Planet of the Apes… Look, I’m all for honesty, but everyone bashes Manny Shyamalan (probably because we lack a European sensibility), so this wasn’t that ballsy (or even as ballsy as say, Shia LaBeouf stating the obvious about Indy 4). I mean have you SEEN The Lovely Bones? Just because it’s about rape doesn’t mean every character has to speak in a creepy rape whisper. I watched twenty minutes of it on HBO and spent the next hour crying on my shower floor.