Mark Wahlberg Talks Seth MacFarlane’s Upcoming Feature Directing Debut, TEDDY BEAR

     December 7, 2010


In October, we reported that Mark Wahlberg was in talks to join Teddy Bear (aka “Ted“), which was the feature directing debut of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.  At the time, we believed the plot was about a Boston man (Wahlberg) whose childhood stuffed animal/best friend has come to life.  Wahlberg has now told MTV some new details regarding the plot:

“But it’s about this kid who gets a bear for Christmas. And, you know, it’s the ’70s — it’s one of those Teddy Ruxpin-ish teddy bears where you squeeze it and it says, ‘I love you!’ The kid wishes and dreams that the bear would come alive — and a Christmas wish must be granted — and it does [come alive].”

Hit the jump for more on the project including the use of motion-capture for the teddy bear.

While we knew that MacFarlane would be providing the voice of the bear, Wahlberg also revealed that the R-rated comedy would have MacFarlane will be performing the role using motion-capture:

“Seth McFarlane’s voicing the bear — the bear is gonna look like a little teddy bear, but it’s motion-capture. It’s like ‘Avatar.’ It’s never been done before. It’s insane — I mean, what the bear does… ” Wahlberg trails off, unwilling to divulge the bear’s surely NSFW antics, but then continues with a smile, “The bear becomes famous, and that’s my ticket to getting things and living a life of privilege.”

Wahlberg says that he plans to shoot Teddy Bear at the beginning of next year.  He’s also attached to star in David O. Russell’s Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and Allen Hughes’ Broken City.


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