Mark Wahlberg Rumors
NBA star Caron Butler has made it clear he’d LOVE for Michael B. Jordan to play him in the movie Mark Wahlberg is producing about his life. So, when we saw Michael B. out at Catch in West Hollywood Tuesday night … we had to ask the guy — would you do it??? Good news for Caron, he didn’t exactly say no. Of course, Caron’s life story is amazing — he overcame a hard life as a drug dealing youth to make in the NBA. Wahlberg bought the rights to Caron’s story back in March and now a movie is in the works. In fact, the last time we got Butler out he told us how things are going behind the scenes — and why he wants Michael B. to play him on-screen.
LeBron James posted an Instagram of him and Mark Wahlberg in a gym together with a couple interesting hashtags — “Camera Ready” and “By The Way Truly Appreciate The Gift.” When Wahlberg went on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon asked him about the photo. The actor responded by saying that the two of them actually thought up of a “great” movie idea. After talking about the photo for a bit (it was at his house), Wahlberg says, “He and I are talking about doing a movie together.”
LeBron James: this great dude! Coming soon!! #WeWorking #StriveForGreatness #CameraReady #ByTheWayTrulyAppreciateTheGift
Everybody wants to know who’s going to play your role in the film… Who would you like to do it? Caron Butler: I have two people in mind. First, the kid from Creed, Michael B. Jordan. He did an unbelievable job there. He also did an unbelievable job at Fruitvale Station, The Wire… An another guy is Robbie Jones. He did Hurricane Season. Great actor, really good friend, he came to visit me in Sacramento. I’m a huge fan of his work. If you had to choose an NBA player to play your part, who would that be? Caron Butler: [Laughs] I don’t know, man… Not Shaq, I guess… Caron Butler: No, it can’t be Shaq. I’d say Russell Westbrook. Nice. Why? Caron Butler: He’s got that edge, man. He’s a guy that is really diverse, he can do anything. He’s multitalented.
While Butler is right to not get too excited about the possibility of his book being turned into a movie, Wahlberg’s glowing review of Tuff Juice strangely sounds like he is pitching it to a Hollywood studio. This story is as good, as dramatic, and as inspirational as any I’ve dealt with in my professional career. Caron Butler should be applauded for turning his life around, for morphing into a role model, and for sharing his story so that others might learn from his example. This is not a basketball book as much as it is a book about life, a life of transformation and redemption.” —Mark Wahlberg, Producer/Actor
During a trip to Chicago’s practice facility, where he showed off some range and played two-on-two with Jimmy Butler, Wahlberg said, “I’m so happy that Derrick Rose is back to see what you guys can do. And you made the run that you did last year without Derrick Rose [that] was pretty remarkable. I think with him coming back, I think he’s arguably the best player in the league. I think I’d put him up there with LeBron.”