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Opening Night – Mark Wahlberg Tackles Tunas, Improv With Will Ferrell in The Other Guys

Three words that come to mind when referring to actor Mark Wahlberg might be “tough,” “intense,” and “Boston.” But now he’s aiming to add “funny” to that list, with his first comedic starring role, opposite funnyman Will Ferrell in the buddy-cop spoof The Other Guys.

In the film, Wahlberg plays Terry Hoitz, a pencil-pushing New York City cop who spends his days at his precinct desk after mistakenly shooting New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter during game seven of the World Series. To get his mojo back, Hoitz joins with fellow officer Allen Gamble (Ferrell) to take down a billionaire Wall Street crook (Steve Coogan).

Working with director Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights), Wahlberg went toe-to-toe with SNL veteran Ferrell when it was time to improvise scenes and dialogue on the set. Their ad-libbing resulted in one of the movie’s more notable exchanges between the two stars where Hoitz and Gamble argue about tunas fighting lions…in the ocean.

All of that verbal sparring with Ferrell on The Other Guys should come in handy for Wahlberg in the upcoming biopic The Fighter, where he’ll play Lowell, Mass., boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward.

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