by Tom DiChiara
It’s been a banner year on the big screen for Mark Wahlberg. He proved his comedic chops in both “Date Night” and “The Other Guys” and will finally see his long-gestating passion project “The Fighter” — for which he and a gaggle of his co-stars are getting strong Oscar buzz — hit theaters this Friday (December 10). When MTV News caught up with Wahlberg at the “Fighter” junket, the humble actor remarked of his 2010 hot streak: “It’s been an amazing journey. If it ended today, I’d be happy.”
Luckily, it doesn’t look like that will be the case. Wahlberg already has a winner of a raunchy comedy lined up to kick off 2011: “I’m getting to go do a comedy and the beginning of this year with Seth MacFarlane — his directorial debut,” Wahlberg told MTV. “Dude, I’m so excited. It’s just off-the-charts funny.” The project in question is “Teddy Bear,” with “Family Guy” creator MacFarlane writing, directing and providing the voice of the titular plush toy.
So what’s this puppy about exactly? “I don’t know how much [Seth] wants me to tell,” said Wahlberg, before revealing heretofore unknown plot details of the comedy. “But it’s about this kid who gets a bear for Christmas. And, you know, it’s the ’70s — it’s one of those Teddy Ruxpin-ish teddy bears where you squeeze it and it says, ‘I love you!’ The kid wishes and dreams that the bear would come alive — and a Christmas wish must be granted — and it does [come alive].”
If that sounds like the plot of a family-friendly holiday movie, don’t worry. This is the creator of “Family Guy” and “American Dad” we’re talking about, and Wahlberg insists this will be a raunchy, R-Rated affair. “Seth McFarlane’s voicing the bear — the bear is gonna look like a little teddy bear, but it’s motion-capture. It’s like ‘Avatar.’ It’s never been done before. It’s insane — I mean, what the bear does… ” Wahlberg trails off, unwilling to divulge the bear’s surely NSFW antics, but then continues with a smile, “The bear becomes famous, and that’s my ticket to getting things and living a life of privilege.”
With “Teddy Bear,” the lead role in David O. Russell’s “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune” adaptation and another lead in Allen Hughes’ “Broken City” on the horizon, sounds like Wahlberg’s getting things just fine on his own.