Mark Wahlberg is back with another summer blockbuster, sitting down with “Extra’s” Terri Seymour to talk about the action thriller "Mile 22," his feelings about LeBron James, his feud with Leo DiCaprio, and his dream of being directed by Mel Gibson.
Mark, a Boston native, took to social media when it was announced LeBron was coming to L.A. and offered the basketball star his congrats. He told Terri, “I am a LeBron James fan, I am not a Laker fan... He is certainly the best in the league and he’s done some amazing things, and he's a great human being, and I certainly admire him a lot, so I wanted to congratulate him.”
Days after discussing their past feud at a Q&A for The LEAP Foundation in Los Angeles, Mark also talked about Leonardo DiCaprio, clearing up rumors that they were feuding while shooting "The Basketball Diaries" in the '90s. "It wasn’t a disagreement," Mark said, "it was just, like, I think we both had a specific opinion about each other, certainly... I was just, ya know, as a rapper, I was just kinda out-there and loud and abrasive and all this stuff, and it was a very serious movie and this very serious part, and so the director of the film [the late Scott Kalvert], he had made all my music videos, he felt like I was more than capable to play the part. But no one had seen me act in a film, so I had to really kinda just go out there and prove myself. Once I finally got to the point where I was able to audition and read with him, then we just both kinda looked at each other, we were like, 'Wow!' We were literally out that night and we became fast friends."
So friendly he would like to work with him again? “Yeah," Mark confirmed. "We've talked about it.”
Another Hollywood legend he wants to work with again is Mel Gibson. "Well, I’m dying to work with Mel," Mark said, "and hopefully that’s going to happen sooner rather than later... Nothing is written in stone yet." Of rumors that Gibson may direct one of Mark’s projects, he said, “It would a dream to hear Mel say 'action' and 'cut.'”
“Mile 22” is loaded with action, jam-packed with explosions, international intrigue, and has, as Mark calls it, a "fantastic twist!” He plays a CIA operative trying to deliver a man with info to prevent an attack, and said he "spent five months training" for the film, skipping "wine, and no bread, no pasta, nothing for five straight months." Wahlberg said it was especially hard because director Peter Berg "was always kinda asking me to dinner. He wanted me to be in shape, and then he wants me to go to dinner and have a drink. Pete, you can’t have both.”
"Mile 22" is in theaters August 17.