TheWrap has blown the lid off the crumbling of one of Hollywood’s most successful — and lucrative — working friendships.
Mark Wahlberg and David O. Russell have collaborated for years.
More importantly, they’ve taken care of each other; Russell cast Wahlberg in his films when nobody thought he could act, and Wahlberg tapped Russell for “The Fighter,” which would prove to be a pinnacle achievement in both careers.
But one of the hottest projects in the Hollywood pipeline may have ended their relationship for good.
Stars have been clamoring to book a role in Russell’s “The Silver Linings Playbook” — and Wahlberg was supposed to play the central character.
Then Russell chose Bradley Cooper over Wahlberg — and Wahlberg hit the roof.
The key to the decision: money, of course. Cooper’s per-picture rate is less than Wahlberg’s.
Plus, according to the story, Wahlberg’s contract stipulated that he receive $900,000 if Anne Hathaway, who was formerly attached to co-star, didn’t end up in the project.
That kind of fee is meant to protect Wahlberg against the presumed box office disadvantage of not having the A-list lady in the role. But still, $900,000? Just for him? Come on.
Hathaway did drop out in the end, so Cooper looked even cheaper — and better.
But what's amazing is how many actresses fought her for it. All these ladies were considered. Clockwise from top left: Kirsten Dunst, Carey Mulligan, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Rooney Mara, Blake Lively, Andrea Riseborough and Rachel McAdams.
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