Top Mark Wahlberg Movies to watch this Christmas

Mark Wahlberg, one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors, is also an accomplished producer. He was born on June 5, 1971, in a working-class neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. His father worked as a delivery driver, and his mother was a nurse. Mark Wahlberg was the youngest of nine Wahlberg children.

His older brother Donnie Wahlberg, a teen pop idol, assisted Mark Wahlberg in becoming a boy band member. Donnie also assisted Mark in obtaining a recording contract. In 1991, the delinquent became a rapper and dancer for the hip-hop group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.

Wahlberg experienced yet another transformation in 1994. He dropped Marky Mark’s moniker and made his film debut with Renaissance Man.

Despite the film’s failure, casting officials were drawn to Mark Wahlberg’s moving portrayal of an army recruit. Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights was a watershed moment (1997). Since then, he’s played a variety of dramatic roles in a variety of genres. Mark Wahlberg also owns Wahlburgers, a fast food chain founded by his elder brother and chef Paul Wahlberg.

  • Uncharted (2022)

Where to watch: Prime Video

Uncharted, a treasure hunt roller coaster based on a popular video game franchise, follows explorers Sully (Mark Wahlberg) and Nathan (Tom Holland) as they undertake a globetrotting expedition to uncover uncharted riches. They are not alone in this race, and they must learn to trust one another with the stakes so high.

  • Scoob (2020)

Where to watch: Prime Video 

Shaggy and his dog, Scooby Dooby Doo, are in the midst of a life-changing adventure to protect the world. However, this puts their age-old bond to the test. Mark enters a heroic role with a spacecraft. At the same time, he plays the part of the Instagramming superhero Blue Falcon (Mark Wahlberg), his teleoperated pet dog Dynomutt (Ken Jeong), and his bright and intelligent sidekick Dee Dee Skyes (Kiersey Clemons) saves Shaggy and Scoob.

  • All the Money in the World (2018)

Where to watch: Lionsgate play

John Paul Getty III, 16, was kidnapped. His mother tries desperately to persuade his billionaire grandfather to pay the ransom. Mark Walhberg serves as Getty Sr.’s top advisor. Fletcher Chase, Mark’s character, is shown to work for the CIA. His role is to find Paul Getty III between all the suspense and action-packed drama.

  • Patriots Day (2016)

Where to watch: Lionsgate play

Patriots Day is Wahlberg’s third collaboration with director Peter Berg, followed by Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon. It was a vibrant and tense re-enactment of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. Wahlberg portrays police sergeant Tommy Saunders, a fictitious character based on real-life events. Like the actor and director’s previous collaborations, Patriots Day is a character-driven thriller. Berg anchors the narrative’s emotional appeal in Wahlberg’s self-assured everyman. We see the horror and anguish of the first responders through his eyes. 

Tommy Saunders is given some interesting shades by Berg and his co-writers Matt Cook and Joshua Zetumer. Saunders, for example, is a heavy drinker with a knee injury. We eventually get a well-rounded story about a man’s triumph over adversity. There’s also a fascinating supporting cast centred on Wahlberg’s Saunders, who remains united and vigilant enough to recover from the traumatic incident.

  • The Gambler (2014) 

Where to watch: Apple TV+

Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler was a remake of Karel Reisz’s 1970s crime classic of the same name. The plot revolves around Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a university lecturer addicted to gambling. He borrowed a large sum from a loan shark, endangering his family’s safety. Jim complicates matters further by engaging in an illicit affair with his student Amy (Brie Larson). On the verge of self-destruction, Jim takes the biggest risk of his life.

  • TED (2012)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

In his career, Mark Wahlberg has played intense, macho action figures. But his comedic prowess, as seen in Date Night and The Other Guys, prompted him to delve deeper into the genre. 

In Seth MacFarlane’s blockbuster hit TED, Wahlberg plays a world-weary, beer-drinking Bostonian named John Bennett. When John wishes for his stuffed teddy bear to come to life, his childhood fantasy comes true. They both became celebrities. But now, years later, the tired Ted and the mature John are stuck with each other.

Ted was voiced by MacFarlane and created using cutting-edge motion-capture technology. As the man-child John, Wahlberg delivers a flawless performance. He has great chemistry with his furry co-star, and he convincingly plays both tender and funny scenes with Ted. TED is an observable R-rated comedy from the start. On the other hand, Wahlberg brings innocence and sweetness to the character, which balances out the stuffed bear’s foul-mouthed humor.

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