Wahlberg criticises The Happening, not his performance
Mark Wahlberg has openly criticised the M. Night Shyamalan film The Happening, and while it's a clear attempt to come out looking good from the film there's something he's clearly forgetting, he was awful in it.
I remember the opening scene with him in the school trying to teach and relate to the kids, I remember seeing how he behaved and the inflections in his voice and wondering how anyone watching that scene in the production could have vaguely thought that this was an acceptable performance, obviously Wahlberg did.
The Happening (Filmstalker review) wasn't a great film, I'm happy to admit that. I'm a fan of M. Night Shyamalan and I do really love his films where people are happy to stamp all over them and criticise him, but I readily admit that despite some brilliant scenes and a strong concept, he failed to deliver a good film, and it marks the first truly bad spot in his run of films for me.
However for a star of the film to begin criticising it when his own performance was terrible, and I do admit that it was down to a ton of miscasting, but still he could have acted much better in it, is a real case of kettles and pots.
"We had actually had the luxury of having lunch before to talk about another movie and it was a bad movie that I did. She dodged the bullet. And then I was still able to … I don't want to tell you what movie … alright "The Happening." [Expletive removed - Richard] it. It is what it is. [Expletive removed - Richard] trees, man. The plants. [Expletive removed - Richard] it. You can't blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn't playing a cop or a crook."
At least? Well I think I'd rather he had been, for some of the ways he performed in that film were dreadful, and that can't be wholly blamed on the director.
I'm not hiding from the fact that The Happening (Filmstalker review) wasn't good, but if he thought that badly about the script why did he take it on? Just to play a science teacher badly? He obviously thought it was the right thing to do at the time despite now thinking "F-ing trees, man. The plants.", and now that the dust has settled and critics have slammed the film so much, with hindsight he can stand up, point to the film, and say that it was bad.
Any future director of his must be reading that and getting concerned. For if he delivers a poor performance, or critics don't like him or the film he's in, it'll all be the film and the directors fault.