Mark Wahlberg Admitted To Wanting To Produce '50 Shades Of Grey' Adaptation
Mark Wahlberg revealed he almost obtained the rights for '50 Shades of Grey' adaptation and nearly fired his agent for missing the opportunity.
Hollywood A-Lister Mark Wahlberg admitted that he wanted to be involved in the film adaptation of E.L James' erotic novel '50 Shades Of Grey'.
However, the 42 year-old didn't want to star in the upcoming movie, he desperately wanted to produce it.
Universal Pictures and Focus Features obtained the film's rights and have cast Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey) and Dakota Johnson (Anastasia Steele) as the lead roles.
Wahlberg made the revelation during a discussion at The Hollywood Reporter Producer's Roundtable, he explained;
"I almost fired my agent Ari [Emanuel] over [Fifty Shades]-not because I wanted to play the part. We were aware of the book from very early on, and we were close to securing the rights, and then we get into this bidding war."
Adding, "We were so close to having [it]. That was one of the few times I was going to fire Ari."
The current producer of the film, Michael De Luca, was also taking part in the discussion and joked that the lead role "looks a lot like Mark Wahlberg". Wahlberg quickly quipped back, "No, sounds like Brad Pitt to me."
The 'PAIN & Gain' actor also mentioned Pitt again when he explained why he got into producing films, "I wanted to produce because I was never going to get the script first," Mark said. "I had to wait for Brad Pitt to pass."
The '50 Shades Of Grey' movie, which will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, is slated for a release on February 13th in 2015.
Wahlberg admitted to wanting to produce '50 Shades of Grey' film