Mark Wahlberg sat down to play card games and dish about his new movie “The Gambler” with USA Today’s reporter Donna Freydkin. You can check out the 2-minute video below. Enjoy!
“Access Hollywood” — Mark Wahlberg isn’t all that surprised by the Sony hack and subsequent unpleasant information released about executives’ opinions on stars.
“Nothing is private these days and if you have something to say about somebody, you know, be able to say it to their face,” Mark told Access Hollywood at the junket for his new movie, “The Gambler,” when asked about the Sony hack.
The 43-year-old actor said he’s seen executives speak very bluntly about talent when making decisions, so he wasn’t shocked to see harsh opinions in leak e-mails.
“I personally – because now I’m on the other side of things where I’m, as an actor and as a producer, I’m on the other side of the casting table – I’ve been in the room with studio heads and people who make real decisions who are often talking about — and not very pleasantly! – about people, their ability or lack thereof,” he said.
Adding, “And it was frightening to me because I thought, ‘Well hey, this is probably what they’re saying about me when I’m not in the room.'”
While no one wants to hear negative things said about themselves, Mark said his line of work requires that people “have tough skin.”
“I wouldn’t take it personally if they said something negative about me. It is what it is,” he said. “It’s part of the business. And I’m lucky enough to have my job.
“You’ve gotta have tough skin, and you’re constantly being critiqued with your work no matter how passionate [you are] or how much you put in to it,” he said. “But I can understand why people are sensitive about it too.”
“The Gambler” is a remake of the famous 1974 film starring James Caan, and Mark explained what makes their film different from the original.
“Most gamblers are about the thrill, and that was the debate that I would have with James Tovack who was the writer and inspiration for the original. He is the gambler. He is all about the thrill and doesn’t feel alive unless he has action,” Mark said. “And that was very much Jimmy Caan in the original movie, but we wanted to do something different, while paying respect to the original and being inspired by that we still wanted to make it our own.”
And James Caan approved of the remake wholeheartedly.
“He loved it. He had tears in his eyes,” Mark said of James’ reaction. “He came to my home, he had a meal and then watched the movie. He loved it. He was so supportive of me making the movie. And then he’s been out there now talking about the movie helping me promote it. When you get that kind of stamp of approval you don’t need much else.”
“The Gambler” hits theaters on Christmas Day.
Mark Wahlberg stopped by “Live with Kelly & Michael” on his promotional tour this past Friday morning (December 12) for his new film “The Gambler”. You can check out the 7-minute interview below, as well as 394 high definition screen captures. Enjoy!
Screen Captures > Talk Shows > Talk Shows from 2014 > Dec 12: “Live with Kelly & Michael”
Mark Wahlberg stopped by “The Today Show” on his promotional tour earlier this Friday morning (December 12) for his new film “The Gambler”. You can check out the 6-minute interview below, as well as 289 screen captures from the interview. Enjoy!
Screen Captures > Talk Shows > Talk Shows from 2014 > Dec 12: “The Today Show”
Mark Wahlberg stopped by “Late Night with Seth Meyers” last night (December 11) to promote his new film “The Gambler.” You can check out a short clip from the interview below, as well as 537 high definition screen captures of Mark from the interview. Enjoy!
Screen Captures > Talk Shows > Talk Shows from 2014 > Dec 11: Late Night with Seth Meyers
Mark Wahlberg stopped by “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Wednesday night (Dec. 11) to promote his new film “The Gambler.” You can check out a short clip of the interview below, as well as Mark playing a game of “Slapjack” with Jimmy Fallon. Not only that, but you can browse through 609 high definition screen captures of Mark from the appearance. Enjoy!
Screen Captures > Talk Shows > Talk Shows from 2014 > Dec 10: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon