Ryan Gosling was replaced by Mark Wahlberg just a day before shooting began on Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lovely Bones.
[Gosling] stepped out after gaining 20 pounds and growing a beard for the job. Sources attributed the exit to creative differences.
After reading the script, Wahlberg quickly committed Sunday. He joins Rachel Weisz as a couple whose world is shattered after their daughter is murdered. The girl watches over her family and her killer from heaven. [Variety]
This version sounds much more uplifting than the first draft of the script in which the girl cried a lot before slowly rotting.
Working with Jackson for the first time after having recently wrapped The Happening with Manny Shyamalan, Wahlberg is halfway to achieving his goal of working with every overrated director in Hollywood.
He’s also the executive producer of Entourage. May God have mercy on his soul.