Mark Wahlberg's Frustrations with Scorsese's Set Revealed

Behind the Scenes: Wahlberg's Tensions on Scorsese's Set.

by Nouman Rasool
Mark Wahlberg's Frustrations with Scorsese's Set Revealed
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In a candid revelation on the "Happy Sad Confused" podcast, hosted by Josh Horowitz, Mark Wahlberg shared his mixed feelings about the production process of Martin Scorsese's 2006 cinematic masterpiece, "The Departed." The film, set against the gritty backdrop of Boston, boasted a stellar cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Vera Farmiga, and Jack Nicholson, alongside Wahlberg himself.

Despite the film's success and critical acclaim, Wahlberg, an Academy Award nominee, disclosed some behind-the-scenes frustrations that he experienced. Wahlberg, known for his role as Sergeant Dignam in the thriller, expressed his dissatisfaction with certain aspects of the filming process.

"I was a little pissed about a couple things," he admitted during the March 14 episode. His role in "The Departed" was not his initial assignment, and adjustments had to be made, including a change in his compensation. Furthermore, Wahlberg was preparing for his next film, "Invincible," which required him to grow out his hair, contributing to his discontent.

Wahlberg's Production Struggles

The actor shed light on the complexities of working on a project with such high-profile talent, acknowledging the challenges director Scorsese faced in managing a cast of heavyweights like DiCaprio, Damon, and Nicholson.

Wahlberg's filming schedule was supposed to be concise, spanning just five weeks before he transitioned to "Invincible." However, production demands led to unexpected changes, including a request to remove his hair extensions, which had taken eight hours to install for his role in "Invincible." Despite these hurdles, Wahlberg viewed his character, Sergeant Dignam, as a significant opportunity to showcase his abilities, stating, "This is an opportunity for me to really go off and have some fun." His performance in "The Departed" earned him his first and only Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor, although the award ultimately went to Alan Arkin for "Little Miss Sunshine." Reflecting on his relationship with the Academy Awards, Wahlberg conveyed a balanced perspective.

While recognition and accolades contribute to a film's success and can enhance its box office performance, they no longer occupy the top spot on his list of priorities. When presented with the choice between a film grossing $1 billion or winning an Oscar, Wahlberg humorously prioritized financial success, provided he had a significant share in the profits.

Wahlberg's competitive nature and dedication to his craft are evident in his approach to filmmaking. "I always want to be the best," he asserted, comparing his work ethic to that of an athlete or fighter, driven by a desire to excel in the competitive landscape of Hollywood.