The Family Plan Star Mark Wahlberg Doesn’t Blame Himself But Studios for Flops: “Spending so much money to pull the wool over audience’s eyes”

Mark Wahlberg finds the studios responsible for flop films, and not actors.

The Family Plan Star Mark Wahlberg Doesn't Blame Himself But Studios for Flops: "Spending so much money to pull the wool over audience's eyes"

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  • Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger featuring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer has been one of the greatest flops of the actors' careers.
  • Media and journalists found it easy to target the actors involved in the colossal failure.
  • Mark Wahlberg came in support of Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer and shifted the blame towards studios.
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Hollywood has a lingering luck factor that affects renowned filmmakers and their projects. Much like that, Gore Verbinski’s 2013 summer project The Lone Ranger featuring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer suffered due to sheer bad luck. Several criticized and tanked the box office, the actors were blamed for the disaster. 

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But surprisingly, fellow A-lister Mark Wahlberg came in support of Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer and turned the tables. Defending the actors, The Family Plan star used his journalism-centric explanation to blame the whole thing on studios. Discussing how movies are often scrutinized for nothing, Wahlberg explained his perspective. 

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Mark Wahlberg Stood in Support of Johnny Depp

Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger featuring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer has been one of the greatest flops of the actors’ careers. While everyone involved in the project tried to turn the movie into a summer blockbuster, it turned into a box-office disaster right after its release in 2013. 

Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer‘s colossal failure The Lone Ranger
Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer‘s colossal failure The Lone Ranger (2013)

Soon enough, media and journalists found it easy to target the actors involved in the colossal failure. However, The Lone Ranger team tackled the event by blaming the press for the failure of their movie. And surprisingly, fellow A-lister Mark Wahlberg came in support of the team. 

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Mark Wahlberg came in support of Johnny Depp and his team

Defending the actors involved in the project, Mark Wahlberg turned the tables by shifting the blame elsewhere. Using his journalism-centric explanation to blame the whole thing on studios, Wahlberg stated the reasons he found responsible for the failure of the film. 

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Mark Wahlberg Blamed the Studios for Flops

Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, Mark Wahlberg stated that he understands why Johnny Depp and the team complained about the press attacks on Gore Verbinski’s movie. Beginning his explanation by stating that there’s too much scrutiny on movies, these days, Wahlberg claimed,

First and foremost, the media is targeting all these movies. There’s intense scrutiny on us, way more than before.” 

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Wahlberg shared his journalism-centric explanation

Thereafter, the actor swiftly shifted the blame towards studios for spending unnecessary amounts on trivial things, rather than important elements. Focusing more on budget than storyline, Mark Wahlberg stated that it’s the Studio’s responsibility to oversee such things. But instead, they only focus on unnecessary expenses. 

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Wahlberg blamed studios for flop movies

They are spending so much money to pull the wool over the audience’s eyes with these effects-driven movies. It’s not like ‘Jurassic Park,’ where you saw something groundbreaking and innovative and said ‘Holy … I gotta see that. Every end-of-the-Earth movie kind of feels the same.” 

Never taking the responsibility for flops on himself, Mark Wahlberg explained why he blames studios instead of actors for such major failures. 

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