Mark Wahlberg: 'Movie pay matters'

September 17th, 2010

Mark Wahlberg admits his pay cheque "matters" when considering a film role.

The 39-year-old actor - who has children Ella, seven, Michael, four, Brendan, two, and nine-month-old Grace with wife Rhea Durham - insists it is always important to keep a business mindset when making decisions.

He said: "The size of the pay cheque matters to me. I may consider myself an artist, but I'm also a businessman and this is a business."

Mark also admitted he was thoroughly disappointed not to win the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award when he was nominated for his role in 'The Departed' in 2007.

He said: "I've got a picture at home of me, Martin Scorsese the director and Thelma Schoonmaker, his editor, after the Oscars. And they're both holding their statues, and I'm just standing there with my d**k in my hands, basically."

The former model revealed he would never have agreed to appear in his latest film, crime comedy 'The Other Guys' a few years ago as he was too "self-conscious".

He explained to the Times newspaper: "I certainly would not have done this movie five years ago. I was too self-conscious to let it all hang out and risk looking ridiculous.

"I come from a place where perception is pretty damn important and where being cool is right up there with being tough."