Mark Wahlberg, 42, argues in a new interview with the Los Angeles Times that the media is against big budget films. “First and foremost, the media is targeting all these movies. There’s intense scrutiny on us, way more than before," said the 2 Guns star about Jerry Bruckheimer, Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer's controversial claim that U.S. film critics were responsible for The Lone Ranger's poor box office numbers. Despite the star power of its two leading men and its budget of $250 million, the Gore Verbinski western earned less than $30 million when it opened to North American audiences in July. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer defended the film during an interview with Yahoo, claiming that critics focused too heavily on the film's budget. "I think they were reviewing the budget and not reviewing the movie," he said. "The audience doesn't care what the budget is. They pay the same amount to see the movie whether it costs $1 or $20 million, so I don't think that matters."
However, Wahlberg claims the studios are also at fault for having their priority on marketing versus creating a distinctive film. “They are spending so much money to pull the wool over the audience’s eyes with these effects-driven movies,” he said. “It’s not like Jurassic Park where you saw something groundbreaking and innovative and said ‘Holy. I gotta see that.' Every end-of-the-Earth movie kind of feels the same.” When asked to give his reason for The Lone Ranger's shortcomings, Wahlberg quipped: "They’re spending $250 million for two dudes on a horse? Where’s the money going?" ~Alfonso Espina