Mark Wahlberg vs. Andy Samberg: the joke’s on us

Mark Wahlberg and fiancee Rhea Durham at the “Max Payne” premiere in Hollywood. Photo credit: Griffinbauer.

When Mark Wahlberg appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show, threatening to punch SNL comedian Andy Samberg in the nose over his impersonation of Wahlberg in a skit, everyone went into a tizzy, calling the actor a hothead with no sense of humor. Turns out Marky Mark was just joking- and proved it this weekend in an extended cameo on SNL. At the very beginning of the show, Wahlberg approached SNL producer Lorne Michaels, demanding to know where Samberg was. Then later in the show, Wahlberg had an on-screen confrontation with Samberg in which he made fun of himself, and even talked to a donkey just like Samberg did in the previous week’s bit.

My guess is that Wahlberg had already been recruited by SNL writers to appear on this week’s show before he was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel and was setting us all up for the big joke. It wasn’t really all that funny – but at least we know that Wahlberg doesn’t take himself that seriously. Mark must be in a good mood these days, with his action flick based on a video game, “Max Payne” sitting at number one at the box office.

Max Payne, the videogame adaptation starring Mark Wahlberg, shot up an easy win at the box office, even as two of the weekend’s other new releases — The Secret Life of Bees and W. — performed nicely, finishing in line with their respective estimates.

The No. 1 action flick grossed $18 million from Friday through Sunday. Although not quite on par with the debut totals of some other game-based movies, like the most recent Resident Evil films, which blew away more than $23 mil in their premieres, Max Payne’s premiere number is a marked improvement on the first-weekend sums of Wahlberg’s previous two gun-totin’ flicks, last fall’s cop drama We Own the Night ($10.8 mil) and early 2007’s Shooter ($14.5 mil). And here’s another sort of backhanded compliment: It’s a good thing the movie earned as much as it did this weekend, for its lamentable CinemaScore grade of C portends a limited audience in the coming weeks.

[From Entertainment Weekly]

Hey, Marky Mark: say hi to your mother for me!

Here’s the SNL video of Mark Wahlberg and Andy Samberg’s “face off.”

Photos of Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham at “Max Payne” premiere from Bauergriffin. Photo of Andy Samberg catching a cab in New York from Bauergriffin.

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  1. Kaiser says:

    He should have told Palin, “Say hi to your mother for me” – but that might have ruined the bit with Samberg. 8)

  2. Obvious says:

    he shouldn have punched palin. Politicians have no place on SNL. (real ones anyways. Fey keep doing your thing!)

  3. Melisa says:

    Celebitchy, don’t be a hater because Marky Mark pulled one over on you. That skit was hillarious! Funny that Josh Brolin thought his stupid cracks at George Bush were so funny, and then his W movie came in third in the opening week. Marky Mark should have hosted the show.

  4. caribassett says:

    Haha that was wicked funny. Even my super serious brother loved it! 😆 😆 😆

  5. mollination says:

    My friends have been doing fake mobster impressions for years and they always say, “Hey, Say hello to ya’ mother for me” but I never got it. What movie does Marky say that in? I love him. He’s so funny and talented.

    BTW, my friends have fake mobster names like “Joey bag-of-donuts” that they pronounce like “Ay, Joey Bag-ah-doe-niss” haha

  6. Feebee says:

    I’m not buying the “week-long joke” aspect. I think Mark got his knickers in a twist and then got told to chill out and take a joke like a man. Then to prove he could, he did the SNL skit, which was funny.

  7. Cinderella says:

    I agree with Feebee. Either way, both skits were funny as hell. I like the way it turned out.

    I especially love Andy’s reaction when he shuts the fridge door.

  8. Diva says:

    I think you’re crazy if you think the whole thing WASN’T done on purpose the WEEK Wahlberg’s movie came out. lol They knew what they were doing when they ran a random Mark Wahlberg impression sketch the weekend before Payne opened, so they knew he’d be all over the talk shows, and they knew what they were doing when Mark Wahlberg went on the notoriously fake-indignation heavy Jimmy Kimmel show to vent his “outrage”.

    LOL… sly and clever marketing, a la Andy Samberg, the man behind Dick in a Box!

  9. Amy says:

    C’mon, he was never serious about it! I think Mark is secure in his life now — this isn’t the punk kid we knew in the early 90’s. Give the guy some credit for making one of the most surprising career changes in history!

  10. ff says:

    Could have been a last minute save.

    Maybe this is a sign that he should show his humourous side more often or risk coming over like a sourpuss.

  11. sam says:

    smile. I liked it

    He said “big f-ing nose” not “big f-ing jewish nose”. So take that comment with a a grain of salt. Noone is that stupid to say things like that especially after Mel Gibson.

  12. Frank says:

    2 options:
    If he was serious then he mades the comment on Jimmy Keimmel to attract attention to him and to his movie. If it was that what w he did then he SUCKS. If it was a good long joke then good for him but if not then screw him he is just a hot headed and money seeking poor devil!
    plus I didn’t see MAx Payne but many people told me he wasn’t THAT great on it so ……
    I guess he was desperate.. but I hope not as I would be disappointed by that kind of stupid attitude.

  13. Frank says:

    ohh and by the way….”say hi to you mother for me”
    (sorry folks ..obvious joke but I HAD to do it… HAAAHAHAH)