Wahlberg has intuition about Bieber
Published 29/12/2011 | 11:13
Mark Wahlberg reckons Justin Bieber has what it takes to star in their upcoming basketball drama.
The Fighter star defended the casting of the teenage pop phenomenon - who previously starred in 3D concert documentary film Never Say Never and had a small role in US TV show CSI - in the forthcoming collaboration, in what was deemed a risky move.
"Intuition. I'm pretty intuitive," he told MTV.com.
"I see the guy and spent time with him, and you see what he does and how he does it, and then you actually have a conversation with him, and it's there. It's there - and if not, I will extract it."
The drama from Ian Edelman, which takes place in the gritty world of street basketball, is still in development, with a script being written.
"Wait till you see me and Bieber in the flick. Think of, like The Color Of Money," Mark revealed, likening the movie to the Martin Scorsese classic, which starred Paul Newman with Tom Cruise.
The 40-year-old is set to play the "old guy".
"So I get this call from Paramount [with a story about] an old guy and a young guy. I'm like, 'Cool, let's get Jack [Nicholson]. Let's get Robert De Niro. Let's get Robert Duvall'," he recalled.
"And they go, 'What about Garrett Hedlund?' I'm like, 'For what?' They're like, 'For the young guy'," he added.