Yesterday, in advance of this weekend's The Other Guys, we defended Mark Wahlberg's sense of humor. But at least one blogger disagrees:
It was fun when we were all discovering Wahlberg's latent sense of humor, watching him pop up as a supporting character in Huckabees or The Departed with crack comic timing, or even parody himself on SNL as a good-humored response to Andy Samberg's brilliant Mark Wahlberg Talks To Animals.
But Samberg was onto something in that skit that we all chose to
ignore. We laugh with Wahlberg when he's playing off his trademark
intensity, but we laugh at him when he doesn't realize he's
still being way too intense to be funny. The way he talks to the
chicken? That's how he talks to everyone in the scene with him in all
of his comedies, and it's been funny this whole time because we never
put up with it for longer than a minute-long bit in a scene.
It's not Mark Wahlberg's fault that he isn't as
funny as we want him to be. It would be an extraordinary stroke of luck
for someone to be a competent musician, actor and comedian at the same
time, and he really is pretty funny when kept in the background and
given enough good lines to say. But as good as The Other Guys
is without him, it really needs to be a sign that Wahlberg's
short-lived career as comedic leading man is over. He gave it a shot,
it didn't work out, what are you gonna do? He'll do just fine without
more opportunities to pour coffee on Will Ferrell for an entire movie.
In fact, if he pops up for 5 minutes in the next Ferrell-McKay movie to
do just that, it'll be the best of both worlds-- just a little bit of
Wahlberg, who knows when to step back and let the comedy professionals take over.
Read the full story at CinemaBlend. Also check out our post, in which we make a case that Wahlberg actually has some comedic chops.