Mark Wahlberg goes off on actors who compare themselves to soldiers
Without naming names the other night, Mark Wahlberg raged at the notion that what actors do might be equated to what soldiers do. The rant went down at an AFI Fest screening of Wahlberg's new film, "Lone Survivor," in which he plays a Navy Seal in Afghanistan in July 2005. Following the film, Entertainment Weekly reports that the festival director asked Wahlberg about his "rigorous training and the rough shoot." And Wahlberg lost it.
"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------ dare you, while you sit in a makeup chair for two hours," said the actor, seeming to allude to a deposition recently made public in which Tom Cruise suggested that making a movie can be as "brutal" as serving in the military. A little digging by CNN later revealed that Cruise said he hadn't heard the word "Afghanistan" used in the question to which he was responding, and that he did not mean to compare the situations.
"I don't give a s--- if you get your ass busted. You get to go home at the end of the day. You get to go to your hotel room. You get to order your f------ chicken. Whatever the f--- it is," he said, adding before concluding with "don't ask me any more questions tonight."
When asked later by TMZ whether Wahlberg was taking a dig at Cruise, as some outlets initially suspected, he clarified that he was unaware of the Cruise/Afghanistan story. "I love Tom Cruise," he said. "I have much respect for Tom Cruise, but I have just as much respect for military guys, so it's just unfair for anybody to comment on that."