In the upcoming Lone Survivor, Mark Wahlberg plays Marcus Luttrell, the real life Navy SEAL who miraculously survived a Taliban ambush in which 19 of his fellow American soldiers were killed.
During the Q & A session at last night’s premiere at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles, Wahlberg was asked by the moderator about the rigorous Navy SEAL training he went through and the difficult shooting conditions he endured. Wahlberg seemed visibly pained by the question, and launched into a five minute monologue about the absurdity of boasting about his training regimen in light of the horror that the Navy SEALs in the film suffered.
“For us to talk about what we went through up on that mountain as actors is just so fake and so false considering what these guys did and what they went through,”; he responded. “For actors to sit there and talk about ‘Oh I went to SEAL training’? I don’t give a f*** 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***ing dare you, while you sit in a makeup chair for two hours.”
Later, Wahlberg spoke about the importance of getting every detail of Luttrell’s story right. “It’s a lot of responsibility. You wanna get it right. You’re gonna have a problem with Marcus and all the other team guys if you don’t get it right. And they were there everyday, so it’s a lot of pressure.”;
The movie co-stars Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, and Ben Foster—all of whom Wahlberg is still in contact with. “We still are in constant communication. They send me dirty texts, which I don’t like. I never even want to open it. The pictures and the stuff they send. Where do these guys even get this stuff? It’s awful.”;
Lone Survivor opens in limited release on Dec. 27 and in wide release on January 10.