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THE MOVIE: Shooter

THE STARS:
Mark Wahlberg • Michael Pena • Kate Mara • Danny Glover
DIRECTOR: Antoine Fuqua

Mark Wahlberg as  Bob Lee Swagger THE CONCEPT:
Edgy action thriller about an honorable and brilliant marksman, Bob Lee Swagger (Wahlberg), who is framed as a Presidential assassin. With the help of a novice FBI agent, Nick Memphis (Pena) and Sarah Fenn (Mara), the wife of Swagger’s ex- partner who died in Iraq, the sniper tries to figure out who the real hit men are before they kill him…

U.S. RELEASE: March 23 2007, Nationwide • Rated: R

THE COMMENTS:

ANTOINE FUQUA:
“This project had all the elements for me: conspiracy, government corruption, action and, most of all, Mark Wahlberg. I thought Jonathan Lemkin had really nailed the screenplay. It’s got a great plot, great characters and also great scope. It’s big and it’s fun and I also believe it’ll make audiences think. You really have to pay attention because there are so many plot twists and turns.”

MARK WAHLBERG:
“Doing Shooter was just a no-brainer. Everything about it made me want to make the movie. I loved the character and I loved the story, it said something, It was a smart character-driven piece, and not just a shoot-'em-up film, which I liked a lot.”

MICHAEL PENA:
“I thought that it was really cool that the action sequences in this film were justified, that you actually wanted them to do something. The other thing I liked about the film was it was a sniper shooting a target a mile and a half away and having the bullet travel for four or five seconds and then hit the target. I’m a guy that likes Chess, Calculus in school, so I enjoyed that.”

KATE MARA:
“I’ve been a fan of Mark’s from the beginning of his career. He’s really done some great roles. He’s one of the hardest workers I think I’ve ever met. He always knows his lines, he never messes up. For a actor, he’s really great to work with, and personally he’s just a really nice generous guy.”

WAHLBERG:
“I could shoot pretty good before doing the film, but I had never gone through sniper training before, and I can hit a target at 2,000 yards now.”

PENA:
“Mark trained to be a sniper and I trained to be an FBI guy. I went to the FBI office here in Los Angeles and in Philly. They’re just regular guys. I met this one guy who was a rookie, and he really wanted to be a good FBI agent. I based my character in the beginning of it on him a little bit, because I think I needed a certain kind of innocence and you could tell the difference between him and the other guys.”

WAHLBERG:
“Michael and I just clicked. We’re going to play golf on Thursday. We spent a lot of golf time together. I really admire how committed he is to his work. He’s gong to be a big star.”

FUQUA:
“I didn’t think about Rambo much until people started (comparing) it. As soon as you blow something up and a guy has a gun, and he’s ex-military, you think Rambo – I get it. I don’t think that’s such a bad thing. Rambo was entertaining and did well for its time.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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