Mark Wahlberg says the Oceans movies sucked and he’s glad he wasn’t in them

Last week Mark Wahlberg was quoted as saying he was mighty annoyed by his neighbors, the Beckhams, and all the paparazzi they have trolling the neighborhood. He supposedly said that he wishes they would move back to the UK, but that Britain doesn’t want them, either. I wondered if that was an accurate quote because it seemed mighty harsh and not like something you would tell the press if you were famous.

Wahlberg gave another blunt statement to the press, which makes it seem as if he did blast the Beckhams. This time he said he’s glad that he didn’t chose to take a part in the Oceans films, because they sucked and he would have hated having to act all buddy buddy with those guys while doing press for it. He then went on to admit that he was in some stinkers, too:

Is it true you turned down the chance to be in the Ocean’s films?

Yeah – and it was well worth it! The second one sucked! People tell George Clooney it’s great, but we all know it sucked. I made two bad movies instead – Planet Of The Apes and The Truth About Charlie – but doing that was better than sitting with Brad and George, telling the press how great everybody is! “We were in Europe, George was funny, then we had some wine…” – that’s not for me. I do love those guys, but I had to step out on my own.

[From via Huffington Post]

Mark also spoke candidly about his past, in which he was given two years for assault in a race-related crime he committed at the age of 16 while high on PCP. He served 45 days out of that sentence. When asked what the young thug Mark would do if he ran into himself now, he said “He’d beat the shit out of him! He’d knock him down, take his wallet and tell him to go back to wherever he came from!”

He also said he’s “embarrassed” of his stint as rapper Marky Mark in the 90s and said “I thought I was the coolest guy in the world, but really I was just a jackass!”

This guy is growing on me. While there’s no excuse for the assault he committed at 16, that was over 20 years ago and he seems willing to own up to it. He’s also blunt as hell, and I agree that the second Oceans movie sucked. The third one was slightly better, but the plots of the sequels were so complicated and hard to follow. I watched them for the man candy, music and scenery, and it wasn’t a terrible way to waste two hours. Wahlberg didn’t even take his shirt off in Planet of the Apes and I sat there waiting to see his abs the entire time.

Mark Wahlberg is shown out with his pregnant girlfriend, Rhea Durham, at the LA Lakers vs Boston Celtics game 5 on 6/15/08, thanks to WENN.

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  1. neelyo says:

    He’s an idiot if he only thinks he’s made two crappy movies. Hell he’s an idiot period.

  2. lulu says:

    i like him and totally agree that brad and george act like a bunch of ass-wipes. and i thought planet of the apes was a great movie.

  3. devilgirl says:

    The Oceans movies did suck and I applaud his ability to say what is on his mind instead of running around being a hypocrite, kissing everyone’s ass in Hollywood. At least someone has the balls to speak what many of the rest of us are thinking.

  4. elisha says:

    I loved Planet of the Apes. I’m a Tim Burton fan and also love Helena Bonham Carter.

  5. Kaiser/ Hippacrat says:

    I always wondered what happened to the seemingly close friendship Wahlberg and Clooney had during/after Three Kings and The Perfect Storm. Now I know. Wahlberg’s kinda douchey. Interesting.

  6. geronimo says:

    Although I think Wahlberg’s just being honest here – the Oceans post O11 stink to high heaven – it’s odd that he would choose now to re-open old wounds with a movie coming out, and not a good one at that.

    I like him a lot, loved him in The Departed, but he could do with having a bit more substance on his CV before lobbing one at Clooney & co. Particularly as he said all this at the time of the O11 auditions when he lost out to Matt Damon. Old story, odd time to revive it.

  7. mamalicious says:

    Those Ocean movies made me cringe, and Brad’s wardrobe was so uncool. He was dressed like it was back in the 90’s, plus some sort of pseudo-gay-kitsh style. It just wasn’t working for him.

  8. Bodhi says:

    I agree Geronimo. And whats up with serving 45 days of a 2 year sentence? He wasn’t a celeb then. Maybe the jails were overcrowded?

  9. Anne says:

    I think he’s trying to be funny. He admitted that at least two of his movies are crappy compared to the one crappy one with Clooney and Pitt he declined to be in – sounds like he’s making a joke at his own expense.

  10. vdantev says:

    The original first film with the Rat Pack tops them all. Hands down. Period.

  11. Banana Boat says:

    The Oceans thing dragged on too long. Even the trailers annoyed me; Brad Pitt and George Clooney just laughing… annoying.
    I got tired of the same canned stories about how much fun they all had together, how George is ‘such a prankster on set’, etc. They were all too self aware on screen and smug that it interfered with the movie. No thanks. I love how Wahlberg had the stones to speak up about this; most people don’t dare slight Pitt and Clooney. He’s just not sugarcoating.

  12. Kaiser/ Hippacrat says:

    Jeez, Ocean’s Haters. You’d think the films bombed or something. Didn’t the films make close to a combined billion dollars?

    F— it, I’ll admit it. I saw all three in the theaters (I saw O13 twice in one week). And I enjoyed them.

    The weird thing is, I actually like Wahlberg, and think he’s talented. But it always pisses me off when any star is trying to get some quick promotion for their film by dissing other people’s work.

  13. Chi says:

    Yeah Oceans 12 sucked. But the other two were awesome! And I thought Planet of the Apes was pretty good.
    I like the way Mark Wahlberg doesn’t care about what people think about him and is willing to admit when he’s done something stupid.
    I’m sure he just really didn’t want to be in another George Clooney movie after being in Perfect Storm AND Three Kings with him! That might get old.

  14. Gawker says:

    Love Wahlberg…and this makes me love him even more. Come on, I too love Clooney and Pitt, but he’s absolutely correct on the boot licking and the terribleness of Ocean’s 12!!!

    PS: I actually liked Planet of the Apes and I fondly remember laughing at him as a rapper.

  15. Mairead says:

    Meh. Yez are all wrong – he just didn’t want to be outshined by the legend that is Eliot Gould :mrgreen:

  16. Ron says:

    Mark now has a decent career with the HELP of George Clooney. Apparently their break-up was so difficult for Marky Mark Funkybunch! He’s always been so jealous of Brad…he’s prettier and foot taller than Mr Funkybunch too!

  17. Nan says:

    This guy never did it for me. Great body but just okay face.

  18. Too Right says:

    I’m very inclined to agree with him and I like his style of layin’ it out there so that a child can understand it. He says what he means, then he takes digs at himself and if you have beef with that then it’s on you. Three Kings, for me, is almost flawless. I have watched it many times. Thanks for your rollicking performance Mark.

  19. Don't Run says:

    Mark, don’t you dare be one of those guys that has to run to the doctor for botox or surgery as that will spoil your “real” approach to living your life and will ruin any performances for me on screen if you do. Just say no!

  20. To Nan says:

    I can completely understand your reasoning but for me, you throw in his sense of self, his sense of humor and his gusto for life(seemingly)and it makes quite an attractive package indeed. For these type of guys, it’s the personality that gives them the extra panche. Yummy!

  21. To Kaiser/Hipocrat says:

    Kind of douchey? Maybe there’s a back story we don’t know about and he had an opportunity to enlighten us a little on ‘ol Georgey boy. Or, it could be sour grapes, but I don’t care, I still like Mark a lot, after all, his life could have turned out much differently if he had not turned himself around. If I’m not mistaken, George has had quite a privledged life and is taken in by the need for plastic surgery. A little too girlish for my taste.

  22. I choose me says:

    “We were in Europe, George was funny, then we had some wine…” – that’s not for me. Heee, I love this quote. I like Brad, got nothing against George Clooney but those movies and the press they did for the last two were a little too ego-stroking for me.

  23. Siobhan says:

    Marky Mark is an arrogant egomaniac. Nothing he has appeared in can come near the work of the cast of the Ocean’s films (with the exception of The Departed, but that had absolutely NADA to do with Mark). He turned it down because it was an ensemble film, instead of a “look at me, I’m the STAR” film.

    While he’s dissing his stint as a very famous early rapper, he should remember this: No one would know who the hell he is today if he wasn’t Marky Mark and the brother of Donny from NKOTB. A lot of people gave him the opportunities that brought him to the level of success he has reached. Maybe he should quit crapping on them.

  24. Kathlean says:

    I liked the Ocean’s movies, but it would of been 1000 x’s better if Mark Wahlberg was in them ;]. I’d take Mark Wahlberg over Clooney and Pitt in a movie anyday!

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