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Mark Wahlberg: Spotlight on the Stars

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For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to flip back from last weeks’s old school pick and take a look at a more modern A-lister, and this one happens to be Mark Wahlberg. He can be easy to make fun of at times, especially if he’s in a silly type of film like this week’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, but one can’t forget that he’s a two time Academy Award nominee and he’s one of the savvier actors in Hollywood. He’s as in touch with his audience as anyone and one of the seemingly more genuine people in the business. That can go a long way for someone like Wahlberg, who has pretty much as bright a future as a current A-lister can have.

Wahlberg has done way more in the business than many realize. Once again, just look at the filmmakers he’s worked with. Regardless of how a few of these final products have turn rout, Wahlberg has been directed by the likes of Paul Thomas Anderson, Tim Burton, James Gray, Peter Jackson, David O. Russell, Martin Scorsese, and M. Night Shyamalan as well. Anderson obviously helped launch his career, while working with Russell has given us some of the best performances from Wahlberg to date, and of course his collaboration with Scorsese got him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

If you take a close look at his work, he’s shown that he’s far more than an action hero. Yes, he can kick ass with the best of them, but he’s even better when doing more than that. Last year’s Lone Survivor showed how he can do that, while he’s been very strong in dramas like Boogie Noghts, The Departed, The Fighter, and Three Kings, to name a few. He’s also shown an aptitude for comedy…just look at his great turn in Ted. Need I say more?

Overall, Wahlberg is a talent that just needs to be in the right role in order to shine. This week’s franchise spectacle Transformers: Age of Extinction likely won’t be of much note in his career, but going forward I’m sure we’ll see the diverse career he’s been cultivating continue to grow. Personally, I’m especially looking forward to Ted 2, but that’s me. Wahlberg has a Supporting Actor nomination and a nomination for Best Picture from producing The Fighter under his belt…in my mind it’s only a matter of time before he breaks through in the Best Actor field. Mark my words, no pun intended.

Stay tuned for another look at an A-lister next week!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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