October 15th, 2008
11:41 AM ET
A couple of weeks ago my colleagues and I were talking about the "Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals" sketch on "Saturday Night Live", and decided it was one of the funnier ones on that week's show.
There wasn't much to it, but it was surreal and oddly hilarious nonetheless. Andy Samberg, spot-on as Wahlberg, well, talked to animals. After his one-sided conversations with some of the critters wrapped up, he'd move on with, "Say hi to your mother for me."
Fast forward to Monday night. I was talking to Wahlberg at the red-carpet premiere of his new movie, "Max Payne," at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. After asking him a few questions about the film, I just couldn't resist: what did he think of being poked fun of on "SNL"?
Wahlberg smiled. "It wasn't as funny as the Sarah Palin skit - it's not quite that good - but it's flattering," he said. And, he added, "now I got a new catchphrase" - one, he observed, he's never said in real life. (Isn't that always the case? Cary Grant never said, "Judy, Judy, Judy" either.)
With that, Wahlberg thanked me, shook my hand, and told me to, you know ...
– Douglas Hyde, CNN Entertainment Producer
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