It’s being reported by Variety that Mark Wahlberg is soon going to be starring in another comedy. Universal has attached him to a spec script written by a guy with no previous credits named Matthew J. O’Neill that is titled Bait and Switch, and is described as being an “action-comedy.” We already know that after this year’s Contraband Wahlberg is set to star in the teddy bear come to life movie Ted by Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane, and that he is looking to get together a sequel for The Fighter, so presumably this film would either be sandwiched in between those projects or come right after them.
I guess my biggest question is how I feel about Wahlberg doing another comedy. For the longest time he was doing pretty straight dramatic stuff, but now he seems to be looking to reinvent himself a bit. We’ve already seen him in another “action-comedy” alongside Will Ferrell with The Other Guys, and I was pretty lukewarm about that. I guess whether or not Ted is able to produce the laughs will be my deciding point on whether or not Wahlberg has what it takes to become a comedic actor. I’ve laughed at him a little bit when he plays the clueless doofus in otherwise dramatic movies like Boogie Nights or I Heart Huckabees, but I’m just not sure if I’m ready to accept him in a strictly comedic role. The dude modeled in his underwear. Leave comedy for the weird looking, gangly guys; it’s all they’ve got. What do you think? Marky Mark as a comedian: yay or nay?