“The Fighter” star Mark Wahlberg makes an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” today (Wednesday, December 15). The actor reveals how he found out about his recent Golden Globe nominations. Here is a snippet from the interview:
Ellen: What a day this is for you. You found out this morning, you woke up and, what, you got a phone call? How did you find out that you got nominated?
Mark: Yeah, my agent called at 5:30 in the morning. Woke up my wife and my 11-month-old who was sleeping next to us in the crib. That was the only downside about the phone call. That she woke up screaming but yeah, they called and said that I was nominated, the movie was nominated, all my fellow cast members were nominated, the director was nominated and Boardwalk Empire.
Ellen: And Boardwalk Empire as well.
Mark: Three nominations.
Ellen: So personally, three and six for the movie.
Mark: Yeah. It’s crazy. I’ve been nominated a bunch of times but never once, I don’t expect it but just to be invited back to the show, my wife is excited. It’s like a date night for us. She’s talking about getting a gown so I get to see her all dolled up.
Ellen: And the Golden Globes are fun. It’s a really fun awards show.
Mark: Yeah, they give you food and drinks and mingle.
It was announced this morning (along with the other nominations) that Mark & Christian were both nominated for Golden Globes for their roles in ‘The Fighter’. Mark spoke with USA Today this morning, after learning of his nomination:
“I’m just so excited. We just wanted to make this movie, we didn’t think anyone would see it, never mind have all this stuff happen. For everyone to be recognized for their hard work and commitment to portraying these people, who I’ve become close to, it’s thrilling.”
That’s Mark Wahlberg talking to USA TODAY’s Maria Puente.
He said one of his first calls was to Micky Ward, whom he plays in The Fighter, a true story about a pair of brothers and their effort to win a welterweight championship. “He’s thrilled. I told him to make sure his mother and family know about it.”
Wahlberg was at home in L.A. with his family when his agent called at 5 a.m. with the news, which woke up his 11-month-old baby. “It was the best possible wake-up call.”
I cannot wait to see this new movie, looks so good! The Fighter, an upcoming boxing movie, has been a passion project of Mark Wahlberg’s for years. I love Christian Bale, and maybe he’ll finally win an for an award with this movie!
The Best Comedy Tag Team, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, are set to make a big splash in the season’s funniest film, The Other Guys. Their first encounter took place in front of hundreds of millions of people. It was the evening of the 2007 Academy Awards, and Ferrell and Jack Black were on stage firing mock insults and threats at the current crop of nominees. Ferrell unloaded on Ryan Gosling: “You’re all hip and now – well I’m going to break you hip…right now!” Black lashed out at Peter O’Toole: “I’m going to beat you down with my Nickelodeon award!” Then Ferrell turned to Wahlberg, a Best Supporting Actor nominee for The Departed, and lost his nerve. “I won’t mess with you,” he said sheepishly. “You’re actually kind of a badass…I hope we’re cool. You are very talented.” Wahlberg smiled and nodded. The audience roared. Agents got ideas. And an unlikely comedy team was born. “The energy of Will and Mark is the oddest mix,” says Adam McKay. “Mark is someone you don’t want to f— with, and it’s always funny to watch Will with someone who really could kick his ass.”
Ferrell and Wahlberg had each flirted with the idea of doing a different buddy-cop film, Cop Out, which was released earlier this year with Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan in the starring roles but McKay felt they should go in what he considered a fresher direction. Rather than simply parody the conventions of Lethal Weapon, Beverly Hills Cop, and the like, McKay wanted to inject the genre with some ripped-from-the-headlines relevance by making the villain a Bernie Madoff- style Wall Street crook. “Who gives a s— about guys selling drugs at this point? Crime has taken on massive proportions: destroying the Gulf of Mexico, stealing $80 billion. Stealing a billion dollars is nothing now-that’s almost adorable.”
Initially, Ferrell, Mckay, and writer Chris Henchy envisioned Wahlberg’s character as a hard-charging by-the-book cop who’s constantly exasperated by Ferrell’s bumbling, but after the first pass on the script, that approach felt too stale. “The 48 HRS model, where Nick Nolte is saying ‘Let me show you how to do it right’ – that’s been done before.” Says Ferrell, whose Allen Gamble, beneath his mild-mannered exterior, is hiding a dark past. “We figured both characters had to be flawed. In a way, Mark’s character is an even bigger loser than mine, but at the same time, mine is such a weirdo, you almost feel sorry for him to have to put up with my eccentricities.” To flesh out Wahlberg’s Terry Hoitz, a backstory was created in which he accidentally shoots Derek Jeter during game 7 of the World Series, incurring the wrath of the entire city. “I look forward to seeing the audience reaction to that in Boston,” says Wahlberg, a die-hard Red Sox fan. “That’ll be classic.”