David O. Russell Confronted by Fan Over Wahlberg’s Casting in Uncharted Movie

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Video game fans are apparently a very opinionated bunch, and when you cast the wrong person in the big screen adaptation of their favorite franchise, they’re going to let you know precisely how they feel. Such is the case of acclaimed director David O. Russell, who is the mastermind behind the upcoming “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune” flick. Instead of casting fan favorite Nathan Fillion in the production, Russell opted to stick his new BFF Mark Wahlberg in the role of Nathan Drake. Someone who feels strongly about this controversial decision recently approached the director at a screening of “The Fighter”, and the entire exchange was captured on amateur video. It’s pretty uncomfortable to watch, but it’s also interesting to see how passionate certain gamers are when it comes to such matters. Enjoy!

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  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    mark wahlberg is not a bad choice – but the guy on hawaii 5-0 would have been better

  • ulik

    Ooooooooh, you can feel the tension in the air. This guy is serious and took great advantage of this opportunity to voice his opinion. Mark Wahlberg didn’t do well with Max Payne as I have heard and from hearing that I refused to watch the movie because I loved the games so much. I wonder what Wahlberg and Fillion would say to this? LOL!

  • t. davis

    Not that many people like Walhberg. Hollywood needs to wise up. And this is one role he will totally make a mess of. All he has to offer is the frown. He frowned his way all the way through Max Payne and it was unwatchable. Listen to the fans. There a millions of them who will not go to his movie with Wahlberg in it. Drop him and move on.

  • Brian

    I hate the fact that well known names create more buzz than talent or the ability to play a role perfectly. Ie. Marky Mark vs. Fillion.

  • Jeffrey

    It’s not really about video games fans being more opinionated that others. It’s about Russell trying to make and orange with an apple, because HE prefers oranges. Surely someone here has felt this, when Hollywood adapts a book you like and you see the disaster coming miles away. Video games aren’t what they were 20 years ago. They have nice plot, round characters. Uncharted just as it is in the games now would probably crush to the ground 95% of the action movies coming out. You can’t expect the movie to be succesful if you ignore the base audience : the gamers. Of course you can’t expect Russell to really listen to the fan, but he should really revise his idea, or remove the Uncharted name from his movie.

  • The Strongest There Is

    OK OK…wait. Is someone here trying to tell me that Nathan Fillion is a better actor than Mark Walhberg? I love Nathan Fillion probably as much as the next guy and try to keep a track on what his projects will be, but he in no way an OVERALL better pick for Drake. Is he funny? YES! god yes! Is he handsome? Yes! Is he a great guy who is appreciative of all his fans and the people who love him? MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE in the spotlight these days outside of maybe Bruce Campbell. Is he well rounded enough as an actor to take a big screen character and fill them out to pro spec? No. Anyone who really cares about this movie has to understand that. Nathan Fillion is a great man, but a great actor he is not. Mark Walhberg (Not Marky Mark), was once a mediocre actor but he has put some very noticeable parts in the bag and recently has even stepped up his comedy game and hit home runs. We all have our favorites when it comes to actors and many of them never get their shot, but I know personally I do have the problem of bidding them for parts that are obviously better suited for someone else. Alot of times, fans are right. In this case, they are definitely wrong. I think if everyone stepped back with an unbiased eye they would see that. I would love to see Nathan Fillion as Ant Man personally. I would also go along with him playing The Question in a DC gig. I would like to see Drake played by Kevin Perierra from attack of the show. I played both games so far and I have always thought of him as Kevin with more muscle lol. Anyway, Give the director a break. Gaming fans are the same as Movie buffs. A lot of ideas, A lot of testosterone. And A lot of misplaced loyalties.

    • ulik

      @TSTI , I’ve gotta agree with you on this one here. Fillion is great but in a sort of quirky & fun type of character that “I’ve” only seem him portray so far, sort of that Harrison Ford type of energy(not acting) which is why I can understand fans pulling for Fillion because of that. Fillion seems to be a big fanboy favorite. Wahlberg does have “some” gravitas, but he was just “ok” in “The Fighter” but Christian Bale blew him out of the water with his performance. I might even say Oscar nod to Bale’s performance in The Fighter. Bale seriously convinced me that he was from Massachusetts with his gestures,character and accent but of course he’s British. Wahlberg already had a chance at one VGM(video game movie),I’d say try somebody else now and it doesn’t necessarily have to be Fillion. I don’t know who’d be some real contenders better than both Wahlberg and Fillion combined. BTW David O. Russell could pass for Michael Bay’s younger brother! LOL!

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        Gotta side with my boys here. If you take his action credentials and mix with his comedy you’d get the perfect Drake. I mean the charm, and the build and the intesity all work together for the character. Plus he looks the part more. Wahlberg’s turn in “The Departed” alone shows he is a good actor, as well as his role in “The Fighter.”

  • The Strongest There Is

    Ulik, I didn’t get a chance to see the fighter but you can basically put everyone behind Bale in the acting game right now. The man is a method actor who is willing to become a serial killer to play his parts accurately lol. I still bring up the Machinist where he Lost all of his muscle and HEALTH to look like an Ethiopian just because the script described the main character as a walking skeleton. He scared the director with his determination and immediate weight loss. Then he turned around in 2 months and put back all the muscle to play batman. I dont think Mark Walhberg was given a fair shot at a video game movie yet lol. Max Payne had the worst script adaptation for the game I have seen to date. I think the Mario Brothers movie had a better adaptation than Max Payne. I personally thought considering the horrid nature of the max payne script, Walhberg was working miracles lol. Anyway, word up. haha.

    • ulik

      Yeah, that’s what I’ve heard. I think Dedpool was the one who said the script for Max Payne was horrible and Wahlberg really didn’t have anything good to work with. I don’t really remember. But I have heard the script WAS indeed bad. IDK, this has the potential to be the “NEW” “Indiana Jones”…. OR another “TombRaider” movie.

    • ulik

      Yeah, that’s what I’ve heard. I think Dedpool was the one who said the script for Max Payne was horrible and Wahlberg really didn’t have anything good to work with. I don’t really remember. But I have heard the script WAS indeed bad. IDK, this has the potential to be the “NEW” “Indiana Jones”…. OR another “TombRaider” movie.

  • The Strongest There Is

    Ulik, I didn’t get a chance to see the fighter but you can basically put everyone behind Bale in the acting game right now. The man is a method actor who is willing to become a serial killer to play his parts accurately lol. I still bring up the Machinist where he Lost all of his muscle and HEALTH to look like an Ethiopian just because the script described the main character as a walking skeleton. He scared the director with his determination and immediate weight loss. Then he turned around in 2 months and put back all the muscle to play batman. I dont think Mark Walhberg was given a fair shot at a video game movie yet lol. Max Payne had the worst script adaptation for the game I have seen to date. I think the Mario Brothers movie had a better adaptation than Max Payne. I personally thought considering the horrid nature of the max payne script, Walhberg was working miracles lol. Anyway, word up. haha.