Mark Wahlberg begged The Italian Job director F Gary Gray to let him
perfect an English accent for the remake - but the movie maker refused.
Gray was put off after watching Wahlberg's troubled take on the English
accent in movie hit ROCK STAR - but the Boogie Nights actor insists he was
supposed to be bad in that picture.
He explains, "In that movie I got to do a bad British accent and for some
reason Gary thought that was me giving my best effort, and when I suggested it
he said, 'There's no way in hell.'
"I had been studying Michael Caine, the star of the original film, and I
would have literally gone to London for a year and really got it right, but
there was no way in hell that was happening."