Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster are three of Hollywood's biggest badasses these days; just check out films like "The Fighter," "John Carter" and "The Mechanic" if you need proof. But are even these guys hardcore enough to play Navy SEALs?
Well, we may soon find out, as Deadline is reporting that the three are in talks to star as real life Navy SEALs in the upcoming action/drama "Lone Survivor."
Wonder what the guys from "Act of Valor" think about that?
"Act of Valor," of course, is currently the number one movie at the box office, thanks in part to the fact that it stars current, active duty Navy SEALs in some of the lead roles. And that success isn't incidental to "Lone Survivor," as the "Act of Valor's" surprisingly strong box office has apparently convinced Universal to get going on a project they've been sitting on for a while.
Though to hear director Peter Berg talk, there might have been an even bigger motivating factor in finally adapting the memoir by Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell: The death of Osama Bin Laden.
"Bin Laden’s death has cleared the way for this, a movie that will be an unapologetically patriotic film that honors and pays homage to an incredible group of badass guys who do this,” Berg told Deadline last year. “The film will be a bit like 'Black Hawk Down,' but it will focus on the quartet, which is fewer guys than that film.
“The mission was similar to the assassination mission that got bin Laden, but things got complicated when they ran into three kids and an old man,” Berg said. “Under the rules of engagement, they could have killed them, but they decided to let them go and take their chances, even though they knew these people would likely talk.”
Anything more would spoil the story for you, though chances are you can figure out what happened next from the title "Lone Survivor." So is even Wahlberg enough of a badass to play a real life Navy SEAL?
Hey, is anyone?