Initially, my intention was to make fun of Mark Wahlberg with this post — you know, get in a couple of rib kicks for his grand statement that Max Payne (a character based on a friggin’ videogame) was “the most complex character” he had ever played, and how Payne is the baddest mofo to ever walk the Earth. Yes, even a badder mofo than the baddest mofo of them all, Samuel L. Jackson. (Though he didn’t mention Sam The Man’s name, I’m assuming Mark would include the Jackster in that list of not-badder-than-my-guy. Or perhaps I’m just reaching for a story here, and this is the end result. Either/or.) But of course, I reversed field almost immediately, since, well, when was the last time you heard an actor promote a movie with this much gusto?
Wahlberg waxes philosophical on playing Max Payne to MTV:
“The only thing that’s not excellent about my performance is that I don’t swear, but I don’t need to, I don’t need that crutch. There’s too much else going on that I have to rely on then just dropping the ‘F bomb.’ But other than that, there’s nothing held back,” Walhberg said of the video game to big screen adaptation. “I guarantee you there’s not a badder dude in a movie this year than Max Payne.
“This is like my character from ‘The Departed,’ ‘Fear,’ ‘Four Brothers,’ all mixed into one, times ten,” he added. “It’s one thing to play a quiet guy, one of few words. That’s not what Max Payne is. This guy raises his voice; he’s in your face. He’s screaming, crying, laughing. It’s the most fun I’ve had playing a part.”
I gotta admit, as a fan of the Max Payne videogames, I’m kind of jacked up that Wahlberg is REALLY jacked up about playing the role. One based on a videogame, to boot. You would think Wahlberg would go around tempering expectations with the usual song and dance — “It’s a movie based on a videogame; don’t expect too much,” etc. But nope. Wahlberg is going out of his way to hype this thing. Granted, he’s getting paid to do so, but really, when was the last time you saw an actor THIS hype about a role he’s played, in a movie that he’s already finished?
I still wish they would have found someone else for Mona Sax, though. Really, guys? Mila Kunis? That’s the best you guys could come up with? Oy vey.
Feel the payne October 17.