Mark Wahlberg pays emotional tribute to Navy SEALs at Lone Survivor world premiere
Story by Jack Foley
MARK Wahlberg has paid an emotional tribute to the work and sacrifices of America’s Navy SEALs at the world premiere of his latest film, Lone Survivor.
Speaking as part of a Q&A held to mark the film’s debut at the AFI Festival in Los Angeles on November 12, 2013, the actor said that his own efforts in conveying the struggle faced by those he and his co-stars were portraying paled by comparison to what really took place.
Wahlberg plays Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who was one of the men on SEAL Team 10’s failed mission: Operation Red Wings. Luttrell was the only survivor.
Peter Berg’s film is based on the New York Times best-selling true story of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative who are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. It also stars Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch and Taylor Kitsch and is released in UK cinemas on January 31, 2014.
Speaking to the audience, Wahlberg said: “I’m not in a good place to talk about anything right now. For us to talk about what we went through up on that mountain as actors is just so fake and so false considering what these guys did and what they went through.”
He continued: “For actors to sit there and talk about, ‘Oh I went to SEAL training,’ I don’t give a f**k what you did. I don’t give a shit if you’re getting your ass busted. You get to go home at the end of the day, you get to go to your hotel room, you get to order f**king chicken.
“I’ve done other movies where I trained for four-and-a-half years, I did The Fighter – f**k all that. I’m a very lucky guy to do what I do, and I’m proud to be a part of this, but it’s just so much bigger than what I do.”
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