“The Happening” may have been a critical flop, but nobody can say Mark Wahlberg holds any grudges against his erstwhile director M. Night Shyamalan. “He’s a sweet guy,” Wahlberg told us. “For whatever mistakes he’s made, I think he’s learned from them and he’s a true artist.”
But that doesn’t mean he’s fishing for career advice from the guy. Because as Wahlberg related, when he saw his ucpoming weapons-toting hero Max Payne in the editing room, “I was like, ‘Yes! This is the sh-t I need to be doing! This is the stuff that makes people say, ‘You know what, you’re the man!’ This is it!’”
Which brings us to M. Night’s probably ill-fated recommendation. “[Night] gave me the worst advice he could have ever given me. He said, ‘After [‘The Happening’], you can never hold a gun again. You know that, right?’ I said, ‘Are you crazy?’ He said, ‘I’m serious, don’t ever hold a gun again.’ And I said, ‘I don’t know about that, man.’”
That advice wouldn’t work very well for “Max Payne,” considering it’s probably more about guns than people (although Wahlberg has called Payne the most complex character he’s every played) or the proposed “Departed 2,” if one imagines a movie that looks and feels nothing like “The Departed.”
We’re gonna flip this one around cause Shyamalan’s advice to Wahlberg is debatable. What advice would you like to give to M. Night? Leave your answers below.