Mark Wahlberg Talks TRANSFORMERS 4; Confirms TED 2 Start Date
Calling his role in Michael Bay's fourth Transformers movie his most challenging yet, Wahlberg also comments on his workout regime for the film as well as Universal's 2 Guns. He also confirms that he will begin filming Ted sequel in September, after he's finished TF4.
While promoting Broken City, actor Mark Wahlberg talks about his role in Michael Bay's fourth and possibly final Transformers film. While he refuses to give away any details on the fourquel's story, he reiterates how great his working relationship with the director is after Pain & Gain. Wahlberg calls the role his most challenging to date, and reiterates that he isn't doing it for the paycheck. "I think it will be the most challenging role that I've played and it's an opportunity for me to do something extremely different. It's going to be very different from what the first ones were. I'm excited about it. When I talked to (producer) Steven Spielberg and Michael and said, 'Don't worry guys, this is not me taking a paycheck and running with it. This is me trying to do something different,'" he tells Knoxville. He also had this to say when asked if his kids are excited about his joining the Transformers franchise. "It's the first time they've ever been excited about me going off to do a movie, and they demand to be in it."
Meanwhile, in a separate interview with Examiner, Wahlberg discusses his workout regime for some of his most recent films, including Universal Pictures' 2 Guns which also stars Denzel Washington. "...So I got down to 165 pounds [for Broken City], and then I did Pain & Gain like 8 to 10 weeks after, and I had to get as big as I possibly could – playing a body builder – so I got up to 212 pounds. Then within 30 days I had to get back down to 180 to do 2 Guns with Denzel. And then two weeks after that I was immersed in Navy SEAL training to play Marcus Luttrell in Lone Survivor. So that was what my year was like." When asked about his weight gain for Transformers 4, he says that he hopes to do another movie before the more physically demanding blockbuster. "Well I took a month off – I just started working out, I’m in my 4th week now – hopefully we’ll do Avon Man before Transformers, which is this comedy we have at Fox that we’ve been developing; it’s kind of like my first romantic comedy." Finally, Wahlberg confirms that Tranformers 4 will start filming at the end of May, and he will go directly into filming the Ted sequel in September. "I could tell you that we’re doing Transformers starting at the end of May, and then Ted in September. You know I can’t give you too many story points or Michael will not be happy. But I can tell you that I’m very excited, obviously I had a great working relationship with Michael on Pain & Gain."
Transformers 4 also stars Jack Reynor. The film, which is described by Michael Bay as the start of a new trilogy, is set to hit theaters June 27th, 2014.
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