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Mark Wahlberg has made a lot of money since entering the Hollywood fray. He's a leading man in tentpole movies. He produces a ton of projects. He famously produced Entourage over at HBO. Way back in the day, he had a popular music career. He's done a lot of different kind of things in the business of fame, but he hasn't gotten into directing, despite that aspect being a passion for him. During a recent interview, Wahlberg explained that he'd like to direct and that he hopes it happens sooner rather than later. In his words:

It's either going to happen this time next year, or maybe five years from now, who knows? But maybe this time next year. I have one specific project that I'm thinking about. It takes place in Wisconsin. It's a true story.

So, if you were assuming Mark Wahlberg's first directorial effort would be a story set in his native Boston, stop it. The script in question the actor told Collider about is apparently set in Wisconsin. Even better, he claims he showed the script to his frequent collaborator Peter Berg, and now that seasoned director is also interested in the story, which I suppose could be why he seems to have no idea if this project is going to happen or when it's going to happen. The gist though, is that Mark Wahlberg would like to be a director, whether it's on this Wisconsin movie or another one down the road, assumedly set somewhere else.

Actors turn to directing all the time, to various results. The likes of George Clooney and Clint Eastwood are prominent examples, but plenty of actors direct, including Greta Gerwig, who made critical waves with this year's Lady Bird. Tons of them quietly start working in TV projects too. Just look at Fred Savage's IMDB Page. As for Wahlberg, he's currently referring to himself as "an aspiring filmmaker" while promoting All the Money in the World and perhaps someone will eventually give him the chance to spread his wings and fly as a director. Even if they don't, he probably has enough money to finance something himself.

Mark Wahlberg has a lot of charisma, and he's been successful at almost everything he's tried over the past few decades. Directing something well, however, requires an incredible attention to detail, and it also requires a much longer commitment than simply acting in a project. So, if he takes the plunge, it's definitely going to come at the expense of several other projects. We'll see if he's able to make that sacrifice.

Mark Wahlberg can currently be seen in the recently re-shot All the Money in the World, which opened in theaters on Christmas Day. He's also currently filming Mile 22 with Peter Berg. To see what all is heading into theaters in 2018, check out our full schedule.

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