So, about Mark Wahlberg. And the current fiscal state of things.
In this economy, I couldn’t help but think of the job market, constantly making headlines. And then I caught the trailer of Wahlberg’s upcoming flick, Broken City.
Naturally, I thought about his roster of work as a film actor, and took a look at the occupations of all the characters he’s played (from the late ’90s to present). I did not include films that I’d never heard of. So, on Mark’s characters’ résumé…
The upcoming Broken City: Cop.
Ted (2012): rental car company employee. Boyfriend of Mila Kunis.
Contraband (2012): Former drug smuggler. I did not see this one. But, I can imagine how it went.
The Other Guys (2010): Cop. With Will Ferrell. In a buddy comedy.
The Fighter (2010): Boxer in beantown.
Date Night (2010): Security detailer. So basically, coplike. (And you go, Liz Lemon!!!)
The Lovely Bones (2009): Works for an surance agency.
Max Payne (2008): Hit man from the video game. Partners up with Mila.
The Happening (2008). Science teacher in PHL. With Zooey Deschanel, which was a curious match-up. I don’t think you look at Mark Wahlberg and think, “We need someone adorkable with him.”
We Own The Night (2007): Cop in nyc.
Shooter (2007): retired Marine and sniper. So – armed forces/civil servant: basically a cop, but federal, instead of local.
The Departed (2006): Cop in beantown.
Invincible (2006): Bartender/Teacher then NFL player.
Four Brothers (2005): I have no idea. Just that him and his bros went and found who killed their foster mother.
I Heart Huckabees (2004): Firefighter – so armed public servant – so kind of a cop. (The brother occupation to a firefighter, yeah?)
The Italian Job (2003): Professional Thief.
Rock Star (2001): eponymous.
Planet of the Apes (2001): Didn’t see it. Probably won’t.
The Perfect Storm (2000): Fisherman. With Clooney.
Three Kings (1999): American soldier – ehh still kinda coplike. And, with Clooney and Ice Cube!
The Corruptor (1999): Didn’t see this, but apparently: Cop.
The Yards (1999): Did anyone see this? Also, Charlize Theron and Joaquin Phoenix were in this?? Who knew. Anyway – MW was an incarcerated (good) bad guy.
The Big Hit (1998): comedy based around an extremely polite, well-meaning hit man. On a related note, would LOVE to see what Melvin Smiley is up to these days. Sequel, anyone?
On a somewhat related note, in Fear (1996), MW played the disturbed, psychopath boyfriend of Reese Witherspoon. I think this was the only real memorable character where I’ve seen him as a true villain. Sidenote: would be nice to see this couple onscreen together again, ya know?
The most popular occupation of the probably action-starring character he’s playing is usually something in the armed forces, “good” bad guy, or former military/cop/criminal type with saves-the-day skills utilized on the job.
1 cop, 1 rental car company employee, 1 drug smuggler, 1 cop, 1 boxer, 1 security detailer, 1 insurance agent, 1 hitman from a videogame, 1 science teacher, 1cop in nyc, 1 retired Marine/sniper, 1 beantown cop, 1 bartender/teacher then NFL player, 1 of 4 brothers, 1 firefighter, 1 pro thief, 1 rock star, 1 captive human on a planet of apes, 1 fisherman, 1 American soldier, 1 cop, 1 incarcerated (good) bad guy, 1 hit man.
Total Cop Roles: 5.
Total Cop+Coplike Roles: 9.
Total (Good) Crooks/Hitmen: 5.
Total pro athletes: 2.
Conclusion: We like Mark Wahlberg as a cop, a criminal and anything in the armed forces. But we’ve seen him do all these jobs before. I wonder if he’s not feeling challenged enough.
But, I kind of like him as a weatherman. Check out the forecast!