P.T. Anderson’s Boogie Nights is far and away one of my favorite modern films. The scene where Mark Wahlberg’s character Dirk Diggler passionately (and poorly) sings “The Touch” in a sound studio, while a miserable looking Michael Penn mans the boards, will live with me forever. It’s a scene that elevated Wahlberg above his bad boy, joke-like Marky Mark persona, and made him something more — an acting God.
So it’s with great pleasure that I deliver the news that Twentieth Century Fox has approached Wahlberg to star in the film adaptation of Max Payne. According to Variety, the Beau Thorne penned scripped will be directed by John Moore, and will begin filming early next year.
Excited? I am, even though the film is likely to stray so far from the fiction of the games that it will be unrecognizable. And I wasn’t kidding when I said I loved Boogie Nights. Seriously, go watch that film again, because it’s absolutely brilliant.