Wahlberg as Berg's drug dealer
Mark Wahlberg is set to play a drug dealer in Peter Berg's new film which will dramatise the life of Jon Roberts, the drug dealer who was the subject of the 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys.
Roberts was a club owner, served in Vietnam, and joined a renowned drugs cartel in Miami where he became one of the top distributors.
According to reports his power and notoriety achieved such status that at one point he paid off Miami police to allow him to close a section of road and race his cars. Now that's a high point. The low point is that he spent ten years in jail, not so good. The news comes from Variety through /Film.
These really are pitching his career up a gear, of course he's had a few meaty roles before, but these are a string of big leading roles and it looks like there's no sign of this letting up.
Peter Berg directing is another biggie. I really like him as a director, he has a great style and doesn't sacrifice story over action. So it could well be a powerful and dark film that we're set to see, perfect for Wahlberg, however sometimes I feel that he lacks a little range in his acting, and is good at the quiet reflective moments and the loud angry ones, but there's often little in between.