The bottom line is, we should probably just get over it.

As most gamers know, an Uncharted film is on the way; it's being directed by David O. Russell and will star Mark Wahlberg as treasure hunter Nathan Drake. When we first heard of the project, fans immediately noted that "Firefly" and "Serenity" star Nathan Fillion boasted a striking similarity to the Uncharted hero, in both looks and personality. But Russell and Co. wanted a superstar and you know, Fillion is just fine with that. During a Nerdist Podcast , Fillion says:

"You know I would love to have an Indiana Jones for me, that’s one of my greatest heroes of all time. You can’t fault a man for A. working with someone he’s worked with before, B. Mark Wahlberg, I think that’s a talented guy. I think he does great work, that guy and he a huge international star, which I am not. I am not. I will be.

So sure I would have loved it, but I can’t fault anybody for any of the choices they make. You’re gonna make a movie, make it the way you’re gonna make it and have a great time."

Yeah, okay. We'll let it go. But just for the record, that last bit in the first paragraph, where he says he's not an international star but he "will be," is exactly why we thought he'd be a great Drake. It's just the kind of thing Drake would say, isn't it?

Well, at any rate, we do have high hopes for the movie. And by the way, in case you missed it – and you might have; far too many did – "Firefly" is coming back to TV on the Science channel this month. Check it out; it was a great show.

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BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Nathan may be OK with it, but I'll never be OK with it.

lord7i7
lord7i7
9 years ago

hell no, not ok with mark Wahlberg

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Hey lord, you ok with Mark Wahlberg?

Cavan1
Cavan1
9 years ago

i dont mind mark

was rooting for joe flanigan though

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

lol for insight, I replied the way I did because there used to be a quadrouple post from the OP.

Bonampak
Bonampak
9 years ago

Mark Wahlberg? Wasn't he the lead in another videogame inspired movie already?

But yeah, Fillion is on the money. His name is not as big overseas. Thus why they went with Marky Mark.

That doesn't mean that I'm happy with how things have turn out here.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Yup, Max Payne, which I thought was pretty decent but apparently no one else did.

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

I liked Max Payne.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

I liked it too.

frostface
frostface
9 years ago

We most certainly 'do not' have high hopes for this movie!

tridon
tridon
9 years ago

"…he's a huge international star, which I am not. I am not. I will be."

YES!!! You tell them, Nathan! Seriously, I'm SOOO happy that Castle has been a hit because Fillion's deserved that kind of success for so long now. Everything he's done since Buffy and Two Guys and a Girl has been great (well… maybe with the exception of White Noise 2). If you're not watching Castle, you should really do so. It's the most fun show on television right now. Fillion rocks in it and Stana Katic is super gorgeous and talented.

Anyway, as for Fillion's remarks regarding Wahlberg, I've gotten over it. Wahlberg was funny in The Other Guys and as mad as I was with the casting when it was first announced, I've accepted it and moved on. I think Wahlberg can do good for the character and like Fillion basically said, Wahlberg's a superstar. As sad as it is to realize, the film will probably do better starring Wahlberg then it would've with Fillion.

With that being said, I will NEVER get over the fact that the script sounds like an absolute pile of horse$H!+. I'm kinda glad that Fillion isn't attached to something that sounds NOTHING like Uncharted.

OPHIDIAN
OPHIDIAN
9 years ago

Mark Wahlberg cannot act. < note the full stop.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

You're insane and know nothing of the theatre or what it means to be an actor.

Notice the full stop.

If I were you guys, I'd be concerned with the director right now… not the actor. Maybe you should IMDB Mr. Wahlberg… there's a lot of nominations for VERY prestigious awards and other less publicized awards from people who ACTUALLY understand and know what it takes to be a good actor.


Last edited by Underdog15 on 3/1/2011 10:48:18 AM

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Mark is a good actor. He really is. He may not fit drake to well, but I'm sure he can act drake. We'll see.

Right now for me as underdog said, I'm very concerned with the director. I'm very concerned with where this movie will go. I'm almost convinced it will be about drake being a theif rather than a treasure hunter, in the movie. I'm very concerned for this movie as a whole, the video games and ND for letting things start to sound this out of control. I don't know why ND would let any of what's been said happen. It's not what the fans want. Hell it doesn't even sound like Uncharted! As you can tell I'm pretty concerned!


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 3/1/2011 10:56:58 AM

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Perhaps "insane" was a little strong…

@Bigrailer
I agree. I think you're concerned for all the right reasons. I'm a little worried as well. I'm also predicting that when the direction and script fails, people will react like it's the actor's fault. lol! Ah well… can't be helped I guess.

I still stand by my comments a few months back that Mark will be great (should he be permitted to be great).


Last edited by Underdog15 on 3/1/2011 10:58:19 AM

OPHIDIAN
OPHIDIAN
9 years ago

Bar the insane accusation, I completely agree with your first sentence. I don't know much about theatre and – not being an actor myself – I don't know what it means to be an actor.

In my opinion, and I repeat, in my opinion, Mark Wahlberg sticks to one emotion (being angry) and sticks with it in every movie. He seriously is the dullest actor on the planet.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

I agree with Ophidian. Mark Walhburg isn't that great. He's played the same angry, new yorker tough guy since he started acting and while he's had a decent career it doesn't mean he's any good. They don't call it HollyWeird for nothing.

Bonampak
Bonampak
9 years ago

OPHIDIAN has a point. Mark is not a bad actor. But he seems a bit limited in his abilities. Thus far.

In a way, Mark reminds me of Shia LaBeouf. Who shouts his way through most of his movies. So predictable.

However, lets also consider this: If the movie is badly written and/or directed, it won't matter who plays whatever role in it.

Just consider how many movies are out there that waste good talent. You can surely think of a few of them.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

@Jawknee
If you do some research into nominations he's had outside of Hollywood, you'd see that he's been a part of less popular productions for which he has been nominated to the en'th degree. I'm talking productions and nominations that are outside of "Hollyweird". I doubt many have seen or heard of any of them (productions or awards). But many professionals in screenplay consider them the most important indicators.

True, I admit that his highest paid and most well known parts have been that angry Brooklyn dude, but if you dig deeper, you would find performances that are just stellar. I'm not gonna lie, though… if it was me… I'd take the type casting that pays multi-million dollars over the thought provoking and touching piece that'll pay me 80k/year.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

I'll look into the nominations but I can tell you. I have seen a lot of movies with Mark-E-Mark in them and in my opinion hes just not that special. He's pretty mediocre. When I think of brilliant actors and performances I think Heath Ledger and Danial Day Lewis. I don't know. Maybe I just dig method actors more.

elass0wyp0
elass0wyp0
9 years ago

He was in Boogie Nights! He played a porno dood, not a tough New Yorker.

OPHIDIAN
OPHIDIAN
9 years ago

@Underdog:

What makes you so convinced he's a good actor. Could you recommend a movie? I am genuinely interested.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

See my post below that has a link to his achievements. There's a lot.

If you want some non-new yorker roles, See "A Perfect Storm", "I Heart Huckabees", "Fear", "The Basketball Diaries"… there are other movies he did well in drama, but I didn't post them because they had a lot to do with either war or guns.

But, if you've seen "The Departed", that alone is enough to solidify the fact that he, in fact, CAN act. If you want a movie to see that he's genuinely fantastic in, that's a good starting point.

P.s. oh yeah… he's also had some success as a producer.


Last edited by Underdog15 on 3/1/2011 9:20:54 PM

Orvisman
Orvisman
9 years ago

Hasn't The Fighter been getting rave reviews?

OPHIDIAN
OPHIDIAN
9 years ago

Cheers underdog.

Yeah Orvisman, but, again, Wahlberg's face throughout the movie looks as though he has just sniffed some really bad crap.

It's Bale that does all the acting.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

If this movie is a flop, it won't be due to Wahlberg. He has been type cast a lot, but he's fantastic. Plain and simple. Any educated person in theatre or screen play can recognize this.

I don't care how many downvotes I get, I know I'm right.

No, if it flops, it's due to the direction and/or the production executives. The Sopranos? Really? I doubt the direction really has a handle on the Uncharted concept based on their comments.

Just remember… even if the actors (including Nathan Fillion) could NAIL the role of their own accord, it means nothing if the direction doesn't agree. They will inevitably have to go with the direction of the director. Actors are, afterall, just employees working under the director.

On the other hand, it's likely only the casting directors have really tried to grasp the story thus far. The actual movie director really doesn't need to fully understand it quite yet… at least not until they begin read-throughs.

Seriously, guys… there are indeed reasons to be concerned, but the acting is the last of them. Based on what we've heard so far, I'd worry about the script and that weird @$$'d Sopranos descriptor…


Last edited by Underdog15 on 3/1/2011 10:59:31 AM

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Agree with you 100% man… It's turning into a travesty, what a shame. I really hope when I go see this, that by the time the credits roll it felt like I just watched what Ive played and loved to play. I hope it feels like uncharted.

MadKatBebop
MadKatBebop
9 years ago

I agree with you man Mark Whalberg is a good actor, I would still prefer Nathan but Mark is still awesome. If the movie sucks it will be due to David O. Russel and the writers, the Sopranos? I can't believe the director compared Uncharted to the Sopranos.

KidCallaway123
KidCallaway123
9 years ago

It truly SUCKS that the people in charge of a movie that has a loyal following care not about what the FANS want…

I LOVE the game but will have little interest in the movie… MW is cool and has made some good movies but NF is just RIGHT for the role of Drake in EVERY way!

Just looking forward to the next game in November…

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I could accept Wahlberg, but not the batsh*t crazy story that has nothing to do with Uncharted.

This is probably good for Fillion because he won't be a part of a terrible movie.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

yep, the family values movie. uc has a lot in common with the sopranos. everything that o russel has said is batsh** crazy. that doesn't mean it'll be bad movie, though.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I think it will be, and who will see it if not the fans?

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
9 years ago

I have yet to see it, but i am suprised that Max Payne flopped, I thought Mark Wahlberg was a perfect choice for the role. Will have to get around to it at some point. But Fillion as Drake was a match match in heaven, it's still quite a shame.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

This movie is going to blow chunks. I just looked at David O Russell's filmograhpy, he has not made a single good movie in my opinion. Three Kings was decent but not great and that came out in the 90's.

As for Mark-E-Mark? He's made a few decent movies but he always plays the same character. I think I Heart Hukabees was his best performance which ironic since it's a David O Russell film. Hated that movie but I liked Walhburg in it. The Departed is by far his best film.

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
9 years ago

I personally loved what those 2 did in The Fighter. Granted Christain Bale ran circles around Mark (figuratively and literally), I still thought Wahlberg put on a good performance.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Hmm…haven't seen The Fighter yet. That's fairly new yea? I'll add it to my Netflix and check it out. I tend to like Christian Bale(when he's not beating up his family and ranting like a lunatic)so I'll watch it. 🙂

Nlayer
Nlayer
9 years ago

The Fighter is the only reason I have a small hope for David O. Russell. You should really give it a try and see how you like it. I heard Three Kings was really good, but never got around to see it.

To think, I was just starting to like David O. Russel until he started talking about Uncharted. Now I'm starting to question him! 🙁

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
9 years ago

Christain Bale's performance is worth seeing it alone. Not to mention the rest of the supporting cast was equally amazing (two supporting actresses in the movie were up for oscars and one of them won it). In fact, of all the main characters in the film, its safe to say Mark was the "worst" and he wasn't half bad himself. I have no idea how he will adapt a screenplay for Uncharted but that movie alone gives me hope!

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

Mark is a face-down ass-up phony baloney actor. If he's so great then where was his Oscar? Perhaps we better start hoping for Bale to show up in Uncharted so Mark can get another great movie under his belt.

We groan when we hear of an Uncharted movie because we know it's going to be screwed up, but when you hear Wahlberg's the lead, you just know you're in for a poorly executed mess.

That being said, I'll probably see it for the lulz.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

That's the problem, it will become known as "That Mark Wahlberg movie" which is never good.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

You should really research the stuff Wahlburg's done that hasn't been hollywoodified. Calling him a bad actor proves you know nothing beyond hollywood. And even then, it shows poor insight into failing to recognize the whole of a performance that includes direction, casting, blocking, etc. I'm sorry… but it's the truth.

And if you're so great at analyzing an actor, where's your credentials? You do realize that a -nomination- alone is a huge honor? And he has won other awards that professionals consider more prestigious than the oscars?


Last edited by Underdog15 on 3/1/2011 2:36:02 PM

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000242/awards

Here's his rap sheet. The National Society of Film Critics award is one many consider to be more prestigious than the Oscars.

Look at the list… there's a crap load of big nominations. It isn't the same professionals nominating him time and time again, you know.


Last edited by Underdog15 on 3/1/2011 2:44:35 PM

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
9 years ago

I'm with you on that, Underdog. And for the record he's not playing a tough "New York guy", he plays tough "boston/dorchester" guys. He's a producer for shows like Entourage, Boardwalk Empire, and other hit HBO shows. Entourage is loosely based on HIS life. The guys has a talent for casting talent and producing it. He hand picked most of the cast in The Fighter and 2 of them just won Oscars. I don't know why he is getting such a bad rap around here. Yea, he's been in alot of dumb movies (The other guys with Will Ferrell most recently) and usually plays the same type of character but he's also been in some great movies and produced a ton of quality shows.

tlpn99
tlpn99
9 years ago

I like Mark Whalberg he is one of my fave actors and I think he will do a good job with this.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

So many hate on Marky Mark, I think they're just mad Nathan Fillion didn't get the role which they were hoping for.

Relax guys!!
It's not the end of the world!!

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Nope, I didn't even know who Nathen Fillion was until people around here started talking about him. Mark-E-Mark just doesn't fit the part in my opinion.

anti
anti
9 years ago

Has the plot for this movie been revealed? Is it called Uncharted:Drake's Fortune? I love the storyline for these games. If this movie doesn't follow along with them, I have no interest in it regardless of who plays Drake.

kutter6billion
kutter6billion
9 years ago

Whether I agree with you or not, I try to make it a point never to fight Maneater again!

Zorigo
Zorigo
9 years ago

well it doesn't matter, im probably not watching it after the director's infamous "supranos" comment.
but it is a damned shame, hope to see this guy somewhere big soon, nice to be able to point him out and say… "ledge" 😀

Godslim
Godslim
9 years ago

mmm i dont mind mark but does he go with drake i dont think so…….. fillion would have been way better