Mark Wahlberg Rumors
Mark Wahlberg is GOING BIG in his search for the perfect director for the Caron Butler biopic — we’re told he’s lasering in on 3 names … Peter Berg, Spike Lee and Barry Jenkins. Wahlberg has been gung ho about the project since securing the rights to make a movie based on Butler’s life story last year. The story is incredible … Butler overcame a hard life as a drug dealing youth who was arrested more than 15 times to become an NBA champion. Our sources tell us the first draft of the script is complete and Wahlberg’s team has been in contact with all three directors. We’re told the plan is for Wahlberg to have a major role in the flick.
We got Wahlberg out in NYC and asked him about the Celtics’ envious dilemma, whether to use the #1 pick in this year’s draft on a college stud (probably Fultz) or trade for an elite NBA player. Mark — a huge Celtics fan — made his position clear, he wants to slang the pick, and wouldn’t mind getting his good friend — and Bulls star — Jimmy Butler back in return.
“Later, down the road I meet this guy Mark Wahlberg. People misunderstand,” says Butler. “I see Mark walk into all these hotels and speak to everyone the same way, whole conversations. I saw him pay for the guy who shines shoes to go on vacation. He doesn’t even wear shoes like that; he wears Timberlands and Jordans. He’ll sit down with the guy and have a conversation and then every time he comes back, I can’t remember his name, but Mark knows his name and his family. He treats people that way. Those are the kind of people I want to be around.
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.”