Just a short time ago in Las Vegas, I landed a great video interview with Mark Wahlberg on the red carpet before Paramount’s presentation at CinemaCon. During the interview Wahlberg talked about making Transformers: Age of Extinction, the action sequences, working for director Michael Bay on a big budget summer movie versus a smaller film like Pain & Gain, Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler, Peter Berg’s American Desperado, William Monahan’s Mojave, and the New England Patriots (we’re both fans of the team).
The big news is that Wahlberg revealed American Desperados will be shooting this September and he has a small role in Monahan’s Mojave (which hadn’t been revealed until tonight). For those unfamiliar with the story for American Desperado, it’s based on a series of interviews between Generation Kill author/journalist Evan Wright and super-criminal Jon Roberts, who was the focus of the documentary Cocaine Cowboys. Roberts’ life story can be filed under “stranger than fiction,” as he recounts being born into Mafia royalty, running guns for the CIA, smuggling cocaine for the Medellin cartel, and brushing elbows with the likes of Richard Pryor and Jimi Hendrix. Hit the jump for the interview.
If you haven’t heard about Mojave, the film centers on a near-suicidal artist (Garrett Hedlund) who escapes into the desert to take an existential crisis head-on, only to encounter a doppelganger-like antagonist in the form of a brilliant, homicidal drifter (Oscar Isaac).
Here’s what Wahlberg had to say. Look for more video interviews from CinemaCon soon.
- Patriots talk.
- What was Bay like on TF4 compared to Pain and Gain?
- Talks about how he got involved in TF4.
- Talks about the action sequences.
- Talks about Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler.
- Reveals Peter Berg’s American Desperados – written by William Monahan – starts filming this September.
- Wahlberg reveals he acted in Monahan’s next film, Mojave, which doesn’t yet have a release date.