With his latest film, Mile 22, A-list every-man, Mark Wahlberg, stars as James Silva, leader of an elite CIA team tasked with extracting an asset out of an American embassy in Asia. To handle the politics of this film, Wahlberg says he and director Peter Berg left personal feelings out of the equation when incorporating some real-life political aspects into their new film.
“But that means that we also, because we are having our idea of fun, Pete would send me random Steve Bannon interviews and speeches. And like, look at how this guy is ranting and raving about a certain thing, that I’d like this idea for Silva.. But that doesn’t mean he’s a Steve Bannon fan. We’re kind of being able to take creative liberty here, and hopefully the things we take are interesting and fascinating. Not necessarily how we may feel personally, but our idea of fun is different that most people.”
Navigating today’s political asteroid field is difficult, to say the least, and has much worse odds of success than 3720 to 1. It’s nice to see that Wahlberg and Berg were able to use aspects of politics, regardless of their personal feelings. One doesn’t necessarily have to agree with or like a politician, or any real-life person for that matter to make use of their character. In terms of filmmaking, an unlikable person can still have value in a specific kind of character, usually a villain, but in this case, it looks like they drew from a person who is generally not well-liked, and made use of parts of his personality for Wahlberg’s James Silva.
Mile 22 opens August 17.
Directed by Peter Berg, the film stars Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead), and former UFC champ turned pro wrestler, Ronda Rousey.
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Source: Mile 22 Press Conference