Wahlberg, recently Oscar-nominated for playing a tough-as-nails cop in last year's Best Picture, "The Departed," has a couple of other jobs waiting for him, too. "Hopefully, me and Matt Damon are going to be doing this boxing movie this summer, playing brothers from Lowell, Mass.
"They're talking about doing a 'Departed' sequel, too, which would be filmed before doing a prequel. They've asked me and, again, I said, 'I'm in if we can make them better than the first.'
Do you know what you're doing next?
Then, the movie with Matt Damon, hopefully this summer, is a true story about Irish Mickey Ward and Dick Eklund. It spans 30 years and the character that I play retired in 2001, but it goes from about 1970 to about 1999.
Do you guys fight each other at one point?
We spar. They sparred with each other. Matt plays the older brother who trained Mickey to the title.
It's two Boston boys getting back together.
Yeah, and what's so funny is that me and Matt were talking. We had a meeting and we were talking and I was like, "Do you know how many people come up to me and say that I was great in 'The Bourne Identity'?" And he goes, "Not as many people that come up to me and say how good I was in 'The Perfect Storm.'"
We started talking and were laughing. It was like I spent so much time trying to lose my Boston accent, so the last thing I wanted to do was to play a guy from Boston. We want to stretch as much as possible, but the truth is the best roles we've played are the guys from Boston with "The Perfect Storm" and "Good Will Hunting" and "The Departed." So, we're embracing it.