Mark Wahlberg is a phenomenon at this point.
The former Calvin Klein underwear model was an Oscar nominee for “The Departed.” His work in every film he does is thoughtful and surprising. No one would have ever guessed that his serious demeanor would also lead him to executive produce one of TV’s — rather HBO’s — most memorable shows, “Entourage.”
At the “Lovely Bones” premiere last night in New York, Wahlberg told me that there are two seasons left of “Entourage” on TV. And then? “We’ll see, there could be more. But then, a movie.”
So “Entourage” will follow “Sex and the City” into theaters in this unusual backward progression of development. Maybe we’ll even see Vince (Adrien Grenier) make a good movie.
Right now, Wahlberg is filming a Will Ferrell comedy, “The Other Guys,” with Ferrell’s crew. “I don’t really get to do comedy,” Mark said. “We waited for just the right thing. It’s a buddy movie.” It also has cameos from Derek Jeter and Paris Hilton, so let’s brace ourselves.
While we were talking in the Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel after the movie — in a party so full that it would have welcomed Washington’s Salahi’s — Wahlberg must have greeted two dozen friends. The nice thing was, there was no nuttiness. He is the epitome of down to earth and accessible. There was no “entourage.”
“Are they friends from Boston?” I asked.
Wahlberg shook his head. “All my friends from Boston are either dead or in jail,” he replied. He’s said it before, so I asked: “They can’t still be in jail after all this time?”
Wahlberg didn’t hesitate. “The stuff they did, you don’t get out of jail.”