Mark Wahlberg has no regrets about sacrificing a large pay packet to ensure his latest film The Fighter went ahead - because the movie "had to get made."
The actor plays boxer 'Irish' Micky Ward in the biopic, but the project suffered a series of setbacks when co-star Matt Damon and director Darren Aronofsky dropped out, while negotiations to sign up Brad Pitt also fell through. The film also went from being a big budget movie to a smaller independent film, meaning Wahlberg to reportedly forego most of his salary to keep the project afloat.
However, Wahlberg is adamant he made the right decision - because he wanted to keep his word to Ward and his brother Dickie to ensure their tale got told.
He tells Deadline.com, "I'm more nervous about taking a big salary on a big budget movie where, if it doesn't succeed, you're in big trouble because you take all that weight for its failure. I believed in this movie, that it was an amazing story that could inspire people. I thought those guys were so heroic. And I'd given my word and I didn't want to be that guy who said, 'Hey, we're doing something', and then not..."
"This movie had to get made. So I had to figure (it) out. At Paramount, they had a certain idea of how they wanted the movie to be made, the filmmaker, the co-star and the budget... I went to the studio and said, 'I think I can figure out a way to get this movie done. Can you let me take (it) for a little while, and then bring it back to you?' They entrusted me with that. I thought I had figured out a way to make the best possible version of this movie and I was able to go and get that done."
The film, co-starring Christian Bale and Amy Adams, is due for release next month.