Before Mark Wahlberg meets Optimus Prime on the "Transformers 4" set, he'll have to take a drive through the "Broken City."
The actor stars in the New York-set crime thriller (out January 18) alongside Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones. MTV News stopped by the set recently for an exclusive visit with Wahlberg, in which he detailed his character, his dynamic with Crowe and whether he'd ever take a seat in the director's chair.
"I play a former cop in New York, who is being hired by the mayor to investigate his wife, who he thinks is having an affair while he's running for re-election," Wahlberg explained. "Then, of course, I start to unveil a lot of corruption, and I've got to take some people down."
Crowe plays the aforementioned mayor — a casting decision Wahlberg (who also serves as producer) said was a no-brainer.
"He's obviously one of the greatest living actors, period," Wahlberg said. "This part is so fantastic. I mean, him playing a mayor, it's something you're not going to expect, but you're going to be thrilled when you see it."
Heightening the thrill factor is Wahlberg and Crowe's changing dynamic throughout the film.
"It starts out friendly," Wahlberg said of their relationship. "And then it gets very tense. We had to actually go head-to-head, which is great."
In addition to "Broken City," Wahlberg's racked up a slew of producer credits, including "The Fighter" and HBO series "In Treatment," "Entourage," "How to Make It in America" and "Boardwalk Empire," but would the multi-talented actor ever consider directing?
"I definitely am," Wahlberg said of setting his sights on helming. "But I want to find the right thing, something unexpected. But, yeah, that's definitely on the to-do list if I'm lucky enough to get the opportunity to do it."
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