Hollywood superstar Mark Wahlberg has played some fantastic roles over the years but, when we heard that he was going to star in a movie alongside a talking teddy bear, we were unsure of how it was going to work. However, Ted was a huge success and has lead to the sequel Ted 2, which is already proving very popular at the box office, and Mark has revealed how he almost rejected his role in the movie.
Wahlberg told Collider, "When you hear about ('Ted') for the first time, it sounds absurd. There's no good way to pitch it. It's ridiculous. So, I was like, 'Absolutely not!' It was one of those things where I was getting pressure from every angle. And then, when I talked to another agent about another project that I was producing and looking at one of their clients, they were like, 'I heard you're doing Ted.' I was like, 'What is this thing?'"
He added, "So, I read the first 35 pages of the script and put it down. It was the same experience that I had with 'Boogie Nights', where I said, 'This is either going to be brilliant, or it's going to be awful.' So then, it was a matter of sitting down with Seth (MacFarlane) and hearing what his vision was for it. And then, from that point, I saw the test and saw how the bear looked. I thought, 'You know, this could be good. Take a chance."
Ted 2 just had its opening weekend, while it was only third at the box office, behind Jurassic World and Inside Out, the movie still managed to gross a very impressive $33m in the US. The movie still has plenty of countries it has yet to open in, including the UK, where it will hit the big screen on July 8. We will be surprised if we do not see a third instalment of the movie in the future.