Mark Wahlberg has officially let go of his tough guy image. The former “Good Vibrations” hip hop star and current father of four announced this week plans to star in a basketball film with teen singing sensation Justin Beiber. Wahlberg confirmed a script is in the works and Beiber is set to play a student that Wahlberg, playing a basketball legend, takes under his wing. While this will be Bieber’s first acting role in a feature film, he does have some serious basketball experience as the MVP of last year’s NBA All-star celebrity game.
Rumors were circling for months about whether Boston’s bad boy would be teaming up with the Biebs, and while Wahlberg confirmed the script is still being written, he promised it would be “worth the wait.” Starring alongside the straight-laced pop star is a much lighter role for Wahlberg, especially compared to his recent violent and action-packed roles in films like The Fighter and Contraband. But Marky Mark undoubtedly plans return to tougher roles as he is also working on a script for the sequel to The Fighter.
Further proof that Wahlberg is shedding a bit of his bad boy image came last month when the actor was spotted taking his two eldest children to one of his painful tattoo removal appointments. The actor has six or seven tattoos, mostly from his Marky Mark and the Funk Bunch days, and while he says the tats all have meaning to him, he does not want his children to get any permanent ink. He wanted his daughter Ella Rae, 8 and Michael, 5, to see how painful the procedure can be. The lack of tattoos will also save Wahlberg many hours in the makeup chair.