Mark Wahlberg interrupted his famously punishing day by day exercise routine to hone his heartfelt new anti-bullying film, its director instructed AFP because the movie premiered in Toronto Monday.
Good Joe Bell stars Wahlberg as a father trying to stroll coast-to-coast throughout the United States to lift consciousness in regards to the tragic perils of the homophobic taunting his son has suffered.
Based on an actual story, Joe’s odyssey by rural America uncovers how prejudices are handed down from technology to technology, and poses the query of what it means to be a person in right this moment’s world.
“Does it mean going camping, or fighting? What does toughness mean?” mentioned director Reinaldo Marcus Green, a former athlete himself who tried out for main league baseball.
Wahlberg’s personal alpha male status was burnished in 2018 when his schedule — together with a 2:30 am wake-up, forward of twice-daily health club periods and cryotherapy — grew to become a social media sensation after he shared it on Instagram.
But Wahlberg introduced that very same regimented focus to his preparation for Good Joe Bell, a movie penned by the writers of Brokeback Mountain that preaches a manliness that’s about “sensitivity, it’s about being open, it’s about learning to love,” mentioned Green.
“Mark described it to me as it was going to be the most important role of his career,” Green instructed AFP, forward of its Toronto movie competition premiere.
‘Machismo is prevalent’
“We FaceTimed pretty much every day, from the moment I met him in December 2018… in the plane, whether he was in a cryo chamber, Mark would answer anywhere.”
“He’d be in the dentist’s chair and answer and I’d be like ‘Mark, you’re getting work done on your teeth and you’re FaceTiming!’ It’s unreal.”
Wahlberg, the youngest of 9 Boston siblings whose dad and mom divorced when he was 11, grew to become embroiled in medication and road violence as a minor.
He served time for assault earlier than discovering fame as a rapper, mannequin, actor and Hollywood producer.
“When I met Mark, we definitely talked about our dads,” mentioned Green.
“It was just kind of two guys looking at each other, and knowing that we kind of came from certain communities where a lot of that machismo is prevalent.”
Green, whose younger sporting ambitions have been inspired by his loving however “tough” father, is now directing a biopic of Richard Williams — father to tennis legends Serena and Venus — starring Will Smith.
“It’s truly an inspirational story, the Venus, Serena Williams, Richard Williams stories — it’s so incredible,” he mentioned.
“I think it can really help. I mean, it can inspire a generation of kids that come from certain areas.”
Toronto, North America’s largest movie competition, is going down primarily on-line this 12 months as a result of coronavirus pandemic. It runs till Sunday.