Mark Wahlberg doesn't need research on police

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Martin Scorsese directs this mob-themed crime thriller, a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. Set in Boston, Massachusetts, the story centers on two men, a corrupt cop (played by Matt Damon) and an informant (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), both of whom are pretending to be the opposite of what they really are. When both sides realize the situation, each man attempts to discover the other's true identity before his own cover is blown. Also starring Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson & Alec Baldwin.

March 13th, 2012

Mark Wahlberg's personal dramas mean he never has to research police offers or criminals for a movie role.

The Hollywood actor and former hellraiser - who has starred in a number of films which deal with law and order including 'The Departed' and the more recent 'Contraband' - says he doesn't have to read up on law enforcement officers or villains for his roles because he has more than enough real life experience.

Mark - who became addicted to cocaine and served time in jail as a teenager - explained to The Guardian Guide: ''I have a lot of real life experience with both cops and villains so I channel that. I did 'The Departed', all the other guys were like, 'Let's go do some research' and I was like, 'For what?' 18 years of dealing with cops? I know how to act like one.''

In his new movie 'Ted', Mark plays John, a man whose best friend is the malevolent talking teddy bear he has had since childhood and he admitted he can empathise with John even though he is not a tough guy.

He said: ''I can see something of myself in the characters I play, you might assume that means I can only play big tough guys.

''But look, here's this bullied little kid, a guy who has no friend and gets beat up a lot, and he makes his bear his best friend ... I was the youngest of nine kids. There's always something I can relate to. I don't always need to be beating someone up!''