Mark Wahlberg talks Jack Reynor and Transformers 4
Story by Jack Foley
MARK Wahlberg has predicted that the life of young Irish actor Jack Reynor is going to change following the release of Transformers 4 next summer.
Reynor surprised many when he was cast by Michael Bay in the fourth instalment in the franchise off the back of his acclaimed performance in What Richard Did.
He lines up alongside Wahlberg in the new film, which has been described as a stand-alone instalment in the franchise – and the first without Shia LaBeouf.
Asked what it was like working with Reynor during a recent visit to London to promote his current movie, 2 Guns Wahlberg said: “Jack’s quite a kid. I like working with Jack a lot. I just wanted to give him advice a) on knowing how Michael Bay works and needing to be prepared, but b) what a unique situation he’s in.
“I waited 20-some odd years to have the kind of success that I’m having in movies as an actor. So, I’m really grateful that I was able to be prepared in the way that I am to be able to deal with it and to appreciate it and to understand that it’s a very unique thing and it doesn’t happen all the time.
“So, his life and Nicola [Peltz’s] life are going to change quite a bit when it comes out. And that’s something that you’re either going to be able to deal with or it’s going to become a problem. But I think Jack is very well grounded and smart and focused and he wants to be actor more than he wants to be famous, so that’s a good thing too…
“I think it’s such a unique opportunity for a young actor but it comes with a lot of baggage. When you’re doing a big movie, and Michael works as a pretty fast pace, so you have to be prepared in a different kind of way. But he’s doing a good job. I like Jack.”
Wahlberg also dropped a few hints about the nature of their relationship in the movie, adding: “I give him a lot of shit because I don’t know my daughter has a boyfriend and all of a sudden this punk kid is thrust into my life and I’ve got to deal with him while dealing with this very extraordinary set of circumstances.
“So, I have quite a bit of fun [and] I threw a lot of Irish jokes and insults at him. But I also have to entrust the most important thing in my life to him at a certain stage in the movie.
“Something happens to me that I have to make sure that he protects my little girl. So, I love the human element of the movie and I love the relationship and the dilemma, even though I can identify with it because I know it’s in my near future that I know my little girl is going to end up having a boyfriend at some point and that’s going to be a big fucking problem! So, we’ve been talking about that a lot.”