Mark Wahlberg blasts Hollywood privilege at 'Lone Survivor' premiere: 'I'm sorry for losing my sh-t'
Even so, at the premiere of Lone Survivor at the AFI Fest Tuesday night in Los Angeles, the veteran actor and producer shocked the audience with his candor about his role in Lone Survivor, an adaptation of Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell’s account of his Navy SEALS mission in Afghanistan in July of 2005, which director Peter Berg recreates with harrowing, explicit, and relentless precision.
When Wahlberg took the stage with Berg and Petty Officer Luttrell after the credits rolled for a brief Q&A, he looked distraught and distracted. After Luttrell explained how he and Berg teamed up for the film, the moderator, Festival Director Jacqueline Lyanga, turned to Wahlberg to ask about his rigorous training and the rough shoot. Wahlberg looked visibly pained by the question and started on what would become an almost five-minute monologue. “For actors to sit there and talk about ‘oh I went to SEAL training’? I don’t give a f-ck what you did. You don’t do what these guys did. For somebody to sit there and say my job was as difficult as being in the military? How f-cking dare you, while you sit in a makeup chair for two hours,” Wahlberg said.
My favorite story about actor 'boot camp' was from "Black Hawk Down". At the end of the two weeks 'training' with the Rangers, the actors went to their bunks on their last night at Fort Benning. When they awoke, all of them had letters slid under their doors during the night. The letter basically said, "We were real men who lived real lives. You have a duty; don't eff this up." And it was 'signed' by the 17 or 18 KIAs from the Battle of Mogadishu.