5150 Cruiser wrote:There's nothing wrong with jumping over from music to movies. some do to expand their career, some do it because they might realise that there just better as an actor than they were in music. (Or vis-versa). I really see no corilation between walbergs days as a "hip hop artist" to his current acting. Too completely different times in his life doing to completely different things. Its not like the guy was a rapist or comited murder or something. He simply changed fro doing music to acting. And for all intents and urposes, he has been very sucseful as an actor and is quite good at it. If you wanna completely dismiss him because he choose a different path than what you wanted, then that's your problem. Don't see how its any different than the Rock. Started out as a "Pro" wresler (if there is such a thing) and then moved on to movies. He was good at it, so he kept the pilot lite. He made a buisness decision that due to that decision, has made a huge name for himself more than if he just stayed in wrestling. Heck, he doesn't even go by "The Rock" anymore in his movie titles. Its simply "Dwayne Johnson". HIs success with his acting career is the reason he continues to get movie roles. You can't ignore that.
Here's still hoping that we'll get a G.I. joe crossover movie in the next few years. Heck, it would be really killer if TF-5 or 6 turns out to be that crossover.
Obviously you don't follow wrestling because after a 7 year movie making hiatus, the Rock came back to main event 2 Wrestlemainas, several Raws and Smackdowns, and have a 2 month WWE Championship title reign. He remembered where he came from and did it for the fans.
Now while Mark Whalberg sucked as a rapper, he moved on to a fairly successful movie career. Not as successful as the Rock, but successful regardless. The problem I have with Mark as an "actor" is that in 20 years he hasn't had that one definitive blockbuster that is so big even non-movies buffs know his name. Some examples are:
The Terminator - Arnold
Men in Black - Will Smith
Scarface - Al Pacino
Indiana Jones - Harrison Ford
Dwayne Johnson - WWE (not a movie but Johnson was the face of a billion dollar TV industry for years)
Even if you don't follow actors or their off screen antics, you know who these guys are because those franchises were and still are so damn popular. The only Mark Whalberg movie I even know is Boogie nights. And I didn't even know he was in the movie at first, I just knew about the movie because I find anything about the porn industry entertaining.
So why wont I let go of Mark Whalbergs debut persona and accept him as an actor you ask ?
Everyone knows the old saying "you never get a second chance to make a first impression".
well here is my lasting first impression of Mark Whalberg:
I'm not sure how anyone can look at this face and take him seriously for anything. 20 years later Justin Beiber might be a successful actor with 30 movies under his belt. But there will be always be someone like Rated X to remind you of their past...
On the war of words I had with a certain poster earlier in this thread, all I can say is that when two completely opposite ideologies collide, some sparks are sure to fly.