Mark Wahlberg has scolded Hollywood actors comparing movie shoots to real combat.
Mark Wahlberg has ridiculed the idea that preparing for war movies is similar to being in real conflict. The actor - who plays a Navy SEAL in his latest movie, Peter Berg's Lone Survivor - was speaking at the premiere of the movie in Los Angeles on Tuesday (November 12, 2013).
Mark Wahlberg [Front, left] in 'Lone Survivor'
Though Wahlberg made no mention of Tom Cruise, his remarks come just a week after the Hollywood star appeared to compare being away from his young daughter for a movie shoot to "serving in Afghanistan."
Wahlberg plays Marcus Luttrell in Lone Survivor, the real-life 'Lone Survivor' of the failed 2005 mission Operation Red Wings in which four Navy SEALs were tasked with capturing Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd.
During a Q&A after the world premiere of Lone Survivor in Los Angeles, Wahlberg sparked into life when asked about the difficulty of the shoot:
"For actors to sit there and talk about 'Oh I went to SEAL training,' and I slept on the - I don't give a f--k what you did. You don't do what these guys did. For somebody to sit there and say my job was as difficult as somebody in the military's. How f---ing dare you. While you sit in a makeup chair for two hours," he said.
"I don't give a sh-- if you get your ass busted. You get to go home at the end of the day. You get to go to your hotel room. You get to order f---ing chicken. Or your steak. Whatever the f--k it is," he added.
Taylor Kitsch in 'Lone Survivor'
According to The Wrap, Wahlberg never specifically referenced Cruise, "but he did make it very clear that no matter how long the hours or difficult the conditions, filmmaking and soldiering don't belong in the same conversation."
Cruise's lawyer has already claimed his comments were taken out of context, saying, "The assertions that Tom Cruise likened making a movie to being at war in Afghanistan is a gross distortion of the record. What Tom said, laughingly, was that sometimes, 'That's what it feels like.' Tom is a staunch supporter of our troops and would never say that making a movie was even remotely comparable to fighting in Afghanistan."
Yesterday, we looked into Lone Survivor's Oscars chances after it gained a flurry of stunning reviews following its premiere.
"A scorching, often unbearably brutal account of a June 2005 military mission that claimed the lives of 19 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Kunar province," said Variety's chief movie critic Justin Chang.
Lone Survivor hits theaters in the U.S. on January 10, 2014.