Monday, October 13, 2008

Mark Wahlberg: As Humorless as always

Mark Wahlberg has once again outdone himself.

A few months ago, I noted that years after the fact, he decided to take a pot shot at the Ocean's Eleven movies, despite being asked to appear in them and making other poor career choices instead.

Well, he has found something else to be upset about.

It seems that Saturday Night Live did a sketch which made fun of not only his former "music" career as the leader of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, but also a particular scene from The Happening called Barky Bark and the Donkey Bunch.

He responded by trying to compare today's SNL to SNL 1976-1983 and claiming that he didn't know anyone who was on the current iteration of the show.

I'm sorry, but honestly, if I was lampooned on SNL, I'd love it. To me, it would indicate that I have made it, that I was someone worthy of a little friendly tweaking. Apparently Mark Wahlberg doesn't see it this way, and like his swing at Ocean's Eleven, he talked about being asked to guest host the show and declining. I don't think he is going to have to decline any more offers after this.

You'd think that someone who got their start in show business because they were the cousin of a New Kid on the Block and were the subject of ads where they were grabbing their crotch would be able to take a joke.

And it does seem likely that he wants to distance himself from those dark days when he was Marky Mark, but that isn't going to happen. Mark Wahlberg could win an Oscar, and I would be willing to bet that at least three different stories would appear in the major papers or trades with "Marky Mark" in the headlines, and he has to accept that.

I guess some of M. Night Shamalamadingdong... err Shyamalan's famous self-importance has crept into Wahlberg's brain and taken the rest of his intellect hostage. Because if you think about it, a sketch making fun of you on a show that is on a ratings upswing that airs around the time you have a new movie coming out might not be the worst thing imaginable, you know what I mean?


Semaj said...

Could agree more about this blow-hard. I remember years ago he came onto the Howard Stern show. Howard said, "Marky Mark Walberg." And one of Mark's people came in and told them not to call him that anymore.

It makes wish his new movie will fail at the box office.

Jeremy Barker said...

Yeesh, what a grump. Here's a link to the clip:

Bart said...

Couldn't agree more. It's like a musician getting your song spoofed by Weird Al. I remember seeing something with either Dave Grohl or Kris Noveselic and they said that when Weird Al lampooned "Smells Like Teen Spirit" they knew they had made it.

MC said...

Semaj: I am just realizing how bad he is when it comes to subjects like this.

Jeremy: That is a great impression. I tried to see it on Hulu, but it wouldn't let me watch it.

Bart: That's the way I see it too.

Micgar said...

Sounds like an asshole! He doesn't get it about both having some humility and that it is an honor to be lampooned on SNL, etc.

MC said...

More stories just keep popping up about him recently that make him look bad.

Soiled Sinema said...

Actually, look at the retaliation skit for Mark Wahlberg.