Mark Wahlberg originally turned down Ted

Mark Wahlberg has admitted that he thought 'Ted' sounded "absurd" when he first heard about it

Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg originally turned down 'Ted'.

The 44-year-old actor has admitted he thought the idea for the film about a talking teddy bear sounded "absurd" when he first heard about it, and only accepted the role in the film - which has now been made into a sequel - after he got pressure from people around him.

Mark said: "When you hear about ('Ted') for the first time, it sounds absurd. There's no good way to pitch it. It's ridiculous. So, I was like, 'Absolutely not!' It was one of those things where I was getting pressure from every angle.

"And then, when I talked to another agent about another project that I was producing and looking at one of their clients, they were like, 'I heard you're doing Ted.' I was like, 'What is this thing?'"

The 'Boogie Nights' actor went on to read the script and find out more about the film and chose to take a risk.

Speaking to, Mark added: "So, I read the first 35 pages of the script and put it down. It was the same experience that I had with 'Boogie Nights', where I said, 'This is either going to be brilliant, or it's going to be awful.'

"So then, it was a matter of sitting down with (the film's producer and writer) Seth (MacFarlane) and hearing what his vision was for it. And then, from that point, I saw the test and saw how the bear looked. I thought, 'You know, this could be good. Take a chance.'"

Ted 2

  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 116 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Seth MacFarlane
  • Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Jessica Barth

Though the novelty factor of the original has disappeared, the return of foul-mouthed teddybear Ted (voice of MacFarlane) and his best bro and thunder buddy John (Wahlberg) is a welcome one. This shamelessly puerile comedy begins after our furry friend and his new wife Tami-Lynn (Barth) are denied the chance to adopt a…


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