One interesting story last summer was the reveal that the male stars of the “Fast and Furious” franchise had contractual clauses which shows that they go to great lengths to avoid looking weak on screen with limits as to how badly each can be beaten up and scorekeeping over the number of punches.
It sounded like the height of vanity from a bunch of image-obsessed divas, something that neither the women of that franchise or other action stars like Tom Cruise or Keanu Reeves would even consider. Those are actors happy to show weakness and being beaten nearly to a pulp and not afraid to win their onscreen fights by pure chance sometimes.
You might be inclined to think Mark Wahlberg belongs to the former group, but the upcoming Peter Berg-directed “Spenser: Confidential” action film on Netflix makes it clear that’s not the case.
A new adaptation of the Robert B. Parker & Ace Atkins old-school detective novels that inspired the “Spenser For Hire” TV series, Wahlberg plays the recently released from prison Spenser who becomes embroiled in a Boston crime spree and gets a new partner to help him hand out justice – the brash MMA fighter Hawk (Winston Duke).
Talking about the film with USA Today, the film’s director Peter Berg says: “They are two guys who have absolutely no interest in each other and are forced to basically be roommates. It’s a relationship that starts off with a fair amount of hostility and then turns into something much more emotional.”
As a result, Wahlberg ends up on the receiving end of Duke’s fists and feet in a couple of scenes, something that Berg absolutely loves: “He gets the (stuffing) beat out of him about every 15 minutes. It’s very enjoyable.”
Wahlberg and Berg have had a long working relationship and have made multiple films together, including some with strong acclaim including “Deepwater Horizon” and “Patriots Day”.
Colleen Camp, Alan Arkin, Bokeem Woodbine, Post Malone, Iliza Shlesinger and Marc Maron co-star in “Spenser Confidential” which hits the streamer on March 6th.