Mark Wahlberg Takes Expletive-Filled Jab at Actors Comparing Work to Military

Mark Wahlberg Takes Expletive-Filled Jab Actors
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Wahlberg Gets Emotional at AFI Fest 'Lone Survivor' Q&A

Mark Wahlberg showed some refreshing honesty last night, all while launching an expletive-laden attack on Hollywood’s actors who claim their work is akin to work in the military.

The thesp partook in a Q&A after the AFI screening of his film “Lone Survivor” Nov. 12 with director Peter Berg and Marcus Luttrell, the Navy SEAL whom Wahlberg portrays in the movie. The film is based on the true story of Luttrell, the only one who lived through SEAL Team 10’s failed 2005 mission in Afghanistan.

After moderator and festival director Jacqueline Lyanga asked Wahlberg was training was like, he turned emotional after admitting he wasn’t in “a good place to talk about anything right now.”

“For actors to sit there and talk about, ‘Oh, I went to SEAL training’– I don’t give a fuck about what you did,” he said onstage. “You don’t do what these guys do. You just don’t. For somebody to sit there and say my job was as difficult as being in the military. How fucking dare you, while you sit in a makeup chair for two hours.”

“I don’t give a shit if you’re getting your ass busted,” he went on. “You get to go home at the end of the day. You get to go to your hotel room. You get to order fucking chicken or steak, whatever the fuck is.”

After the rant, he apologized for “losing [his] shit,” and asked the moderator to not ask him any more questions. Berg tried to lighten the mood by saying it’s been a long night.

“No, it’s just getting started,” Wahlberg responded. “I’m going to find my fucking second wind and we’re going to celebrate this fucking movie. But don’t ask me any more questions.”

In a recent deposition, Tom Cruise compared filming to being away at war, calling it “brutal.” He also talked about training, saying, “A sprinter for the Olympics, they only have to run two races a day. When I’m shooting, I could potentially have to run 30, 40 races a day, day after day.” His lawyer Bert Fields responded to the controversy, saying his quotes were distorted.

“Lone Survivor” hits theaters Jan. 2014.

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  1. Frank W says:


    Not sure about Cruise and what he said, but the problem is, the haters. They will take what he said out of context to distort it anyway that makes them money.

    I’m a photographer and I hate doing weddings. I used to compare shooting weddings to “Going to War.” There is a lot of physical and mental work going on, running from one side to another and worry and stress that the photos will turn out properly. At the end of the day, you’re worn out from the effort. But I never say it’s the SAME as going to war, just that it FEELS like war.

    I’ve heard a movie crew on location is like an army, so there’s always been military metaphors attributed to making movies. If he said anything close, as one poster has mentioned he didn’t, then it’s just something to compare to, not that he’s saying it’s actually the same.

  2. Ferdinand says:

    Bravo, Mark, on your promotional flourish! Still reeling from the nationalistic frenzy of Memorial Day, we can eagerly anticipate another contribution to the fine tradition of the American Warrior.

  3. Noni says:

    Wow. I am by no means a follower of either the military or of actors’ public statements, but when I previously read Mr. Cruise’s remarks comparing his work to being in the military and the olympics, I was frankly disgusted. Then his lawyer says Tom’s remarks were “distorted”. I suspect distortion is in his self image.

    • Roy J says:

      Or you can read the original interview of Cruise and not what another article sites, since Cruise clearly did not say those words in that context.

  4. Sohel says:

    A fighter aircraft is a forces aircraft designed primarily designed for air-to-air combat opposed to other aircraft,[1] having the status of conflicting to bombers and attack aircraft, whose key mission is to attack ground targets. The hallmarks of a fighter are its hurry, maneuverability, and insignificant size next of kin to other combat aircraft.

  5. I’ll add though, in Tom Cruise’s defense, in the context of leaving home and family sometimes for years at a time to work on a project is like being deployed in the military. Not all military are deployed into war zones, in fact until recent decades you could have gone through an entire military career without ever having been anywhere near combat, but they have to leave home just the same. I believe that’s what he was referring to.

  6. I agree with Wahlberg absolutely, and actually appreciate the appropriate level of swearing. I imagine for Wahlberg to play a role like that well, he had to learn a lot about what it really means to train and operate as a SEAL. I’ve also heard SEALs say in interviews that not only is any kind of normal family life or marriage relationship very difficult, it’s absolutely impossible. Their jobs are all consuming. And the training: I’ve been a competitive fighter in superhuman shape, and done all sorts of difficult training, and that’s probably why I’m more aware than most that just because you might do the same training techniques as a top professional doesn’t mean you know anything about what it’s like to train at that level much less do their job.

    Again, Wahlberg is right, and it’s good that someone in the spotlight said it.

  7. Fred Snyder says:

    Who cares if Tom Cruise said exactly what was in the original story or not. Mark Wahlberg just stated (passionately) the fact that acting, while it does take talent and dedication, is not the same as actually serving in the military. There is no “Cut!” on the battlefield when a mistake is made, people die. And Mark does not have to have served a day in his life to have the right to show some respect to those that keep our country free.

    To Mark… Thank you sir for the show of support.

    Semper Fi!

  8. SSG Dave Reiley says:

    Thank you Mr. Walberg for keeping it real and honest during the interview. Thanks for standing up for all of us who have been in for along time and deployed like 6 times. Thanks again and never be afraid to speak your mind and shake that town up.

  9. Joseph says:

    I think Wahlberg has missed the point. No actor out there is seriously comparing his/her job to being in an actual warzone. True, they compare it to being in the military but they’re referring to the level of discipline involved in building a character, honing and maintaining a strong body/voice and staying focused and driven during a long shoot or long engagement in a theatre. This comparison goes back to Konstantin Stanislavski who wrote: “The actor, no less than the soldier, must be subject to iron discipline.” But I guess Mark “Transformers” Wahlberg knows more about the nature of acting than the father of realistic and truthful acting.

    • DF says:

      Yeah, Stanislavski was full of it too. He was never in the military, so how in the world would he know? He grew up in one of the richest families in Russia.

  10. james says:

    Can you please do your research — tom Cruise did not make those comments!!!! Entertainment tonight read the transcript and he said no such thing, Variety, please do better and edit this article!!!!

  11. Sam says:

    “Refreshing honesty”.. Vulgar stupidity more like it. The real Luttrell lived the Afghanistan experience, not Mark’s fictional character. What is it with actors out promoting a movie? They seem to turn into high schoolers dissing each other, apes pounding their chests or the moral police. First Clooney now Mark. Just promote the movie.

  12. Jahamesmon says:

    This was Legen…wait for it……Dary! Mark wahlberg just earn a lot more respect.

  13. Hermes M Duran says:

    In all honesty, Mark Wahlberg, THANK YOU. I’m an American Soldier, I have served a tour in Iraq, I’ve had a friend of mine deploy to iraq, a 6’1″ former high school basketball player, come back as a double leg amputee. It is not easy what we do.We chose this life because it takes Leadership, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage to do what we do. So for someone to compare what we as soldiers go thru as a movie stars life, is basically saying that we are nothing. We fight and die for your freedom so take a step in our shoes for one day Tom Cruise, I bet you wouldn’t make it for ONE MINUTE.

    • Ferdinand says:

      Were such high-minded ideals on display during the Haditha Massacre? Or was this merely an example of “collateral damage”? Was honour on display when the perpetrators were basically exonerated of their crimes?

    • TN says:

      TMZ corrected their initial story and updated it, stating that “Cruise scoffed at the war comparison.” Read Variety and TMZ as your sole means of information, and you’ll be ignorant of facts.

    • Rodney Hammack says:

      I’m an American soldier as well. Two tours in Iraq. Tom Cruise did not make the remarks he’s accused of making. That’s already been refuted. Unfortunately, the misinformation is already out there and the damage is done.

  14. TN says:

    Variety once again not providing an accurate portrayal of events. TMZ broke the story and has since updated it by correcting the earlier version. Cruise scoffed at the idea that making movies is similar to war. I also find it interesting that there was no mention of Wahlberg’s own problems with confusing movie heroics with real life, as he previously stated that 9/11 would have had a happier ending had he been on one of the planes. Who’s the editor!?!?! Do people like Stedman just turn in inaccurate copy and go home for the day?

  15. Amen, Mark. It was about time an actor/actress speaks up about fakeness of his/her profession. I’m sick of actors/actresses bragging about doing their own stunts when they definitely don’t (it’s stunt doubles or CGI doubles and very obviously so) but comparing oneself to Navy SEALs and thinking to be equal with them takes the cake. Mark had every right to blast off those phonies.

    • TN says:

      Variety has given you an incorrect version of events. TMZ has since corrected their initial story on Cruise to include that he actually scoffed at the idea of war being compared to acting. This correction took place two days prior to Stedman’s article running, so Variety should really be ashamed of themselves.

  16. Big Daddy says:

    I guess Mr Wahlberg actually does have a brass set of balls on him.

    • Peggy says:

      No, actually he doesn’t. He’s a racist little prick who never apologized to the men he beat up. He did serve time, and he thinks that is enough. He thinks because he PORTRAYED a Navy Seal makes him qualified to criticize others. He would be wrong.

      • Delle Pierce says:

        You are entitled not to like him, but apparently you are also psychic, as you are putting words in his mouth. He IS entitled to his opinion, just as you are… or are you the only one qualified to criticize others?

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