Mark Wahlberg blasts Hollywood - but not Tom Cruise, specifically
November 14th, 2013
11:53 AM ET

Mark Wahlberg blasts Hollywood - but not Tom Cruise, specifically

Mark Wahlberg has a bone to pick with Hollywood.

At a premiere Q&A for his upcoming movie, "Lone Survivor," the 42-year-old actor set the record straight for those who might be confused: training to play a Navy SEAL in a movie, as he did for his upcoming film, is nothing like becoming the real thing.

You see, Wahlberg's January release is based on a dangerous military mission that occurred in 2005, involving a team of four Navy SEALs. Wahlberg portrays Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, the only survivor to make it out of the deadly operation.

While Hollywood these days strives for authenticity when re-creating actual events - Luttrell wrote about his experience in the book, "Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10" - Wahlberg said it would be disrespectful (not to mention wrong) to suggest that movie magic can re-create the horrors of war.

"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 do. You just don't," he calmly but firmly told the audience. "For somebody to sit there and say, 'well, my job is as difficult as somebody in the military,' how f*****g dare you. While you sit in a makeup chair for two hours. I don't give a s*** if you're getting your a** busted - you get to go home at the end of the day. You get to go to your hotel room. You get to order f*****g chicken or steak, or whatever the f*** it is."


The timing of Wahlberg's comments made many assume that he was indirectly responding to Tom Cruise, who was recently misquoted as saying his work as an actor is comparable to being a soldier in Afghanistan.

But, Wahlberg later told TMZ, he wasn't directing his fire at Cruise specifically.

"I didn't know that it was Tom Cruise that said that, somebody just mentioned that people were comparing that," Wahlberg told a photographer. "I love Tom Cruise. I have the utmost respect for Tom Cruise. But I have the utmost respect for military guys, so."

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  2. unknown

    thank you, someone who finally understands what us service members feel about those actors and athletes who get paid millions to do nothing. hooyah navy, oorah marines

    January 12, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. You do not exclude and hack...

    see you at the party.

    December 11, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. J man


    December 9, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Overrated

    When you need security guards at a gas station, you know who to call.

    November 30, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gahh

    Wahlberg made the statement that it was a good thing, he wasn't around when 9/11 happened. Pot calling the kettle black.

    November 27, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Johnny Vintage

    Hogan's Heroes was good but I think two others that were more realisitic would be F Troop and McHales Navy.

    November 14, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DF

    Don't care for the expletives, but I like Mark Wahlberg as an actor and I think what he said was valid. Directors, actors and special FX crews can do their best, and they have in many instances--but, of course, it can't compare to the real thing-nor, can actors even dare to think that what they do can compare to what our military personnel has to experience during times of battle or evern during their average day in service.

    November 14, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Peace ☮

    Idk, Saving Private Ryan did a pretty good re-creation...not that I was ever in a war, but, I still think they did a good job.

    November 14, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peace ☮

      Lol! I still watch Hogan's Heroes!

      November 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • cnnlicksit

      If you were never in a war, and specifically not at Omaha beach, how do you know it was a good re-creation. I actually read some articles that said that the mortar fire seen in the film was way overblown as compared to the actual day.

      November 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hey!

      @Peace I had heard that, too. Did some checking. This is what Wikipedia said. Saving Private RyanFrom Wikipedia:
      Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic war film set during the invasion of Normandy in World War II. It was directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat. The film is notable for its graphic and realistic portrayal of war, and for the intensity of its opening 27 minutes, which depict the Omaha Beach assault of June 6, 1944.

      I have never been to war, either. I guess we won't know unless somebody had actually been there at the time?

      November 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ric H

      The issue is not really whether the portrayal is good/believable and simulates the real thing. The issue is that even if they simulate being held in a hole in North Vietnam for 5 years and beaten/tortured every day, left vulnerable to the elements, starved and/or poisoned, and denied medical assistance... an actor who simulates this is confident during every moment that he will go home (or to a hotel) to a nice hot shower, a good meal, and a comfortable bed. Similarly, the tension of a dark night filled with as yet unseen enemy combatants whose sole mission in life is to find you and kill you, or the sheer hell/miracle of having to run headlong into enemy fire to reach the next objective or save a buddy, is something no one who hasn't actually done it can truly understand. That’s why we call them heroes, give them medals, because we can't imagine having to actually do such things, and should be thankful to the many that did. An actor should be praised for their portrayal, but should never think of themselves as equal to the real deal. It just ain't so!

      December 5, 2013 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |

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