While Spenser Confidential did not manage to win critics over, it surely did help Mark Wahlberg add yet another few zeroes to his bank account. The actor was reportedly handed an astonishing $30 million for his role in the action-comedy film.
Directed by Peter Berg, Wahlberg plays a Boston cop who gets charged for assaulting one of his superiors that lands him in prison. After his release, the superior ends up dead, and the titular Spenser, aka Wahlberg, teams up with an upcoming MMA fighter to track down those responsible for the crime and are trying to frame him.
Besides the Ted star, the cast included Winston Duke, Alan Arkin, Marc Maron, Iliza Shlesinger, Post Malone and Bokeem Woodbine. Although the film didn’t become a favourite during award season, it was one of last year’s most popular titles. Now, Berg has confirmed that a sequel is now in the works.
Berg said that screenwriter Brian Helgeland has turned in the “first draft”. “So we’re definitely going to do Spenser Confidential 2, we’re just trying to figure out the dates,” he said.
According to Forbes, the hefty paycheck he received boost his net worth to a whopping $58 million. The actor also earned a whopping eight-figure salary in the 2021 film Infinite and was listed 33rd on the list of 2020’s wealthiest celebrities.
This series marks Berg’s fifth collaboration with Wahlberg after Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon, Patriots Day and Mile 22. Berg revealed how they both loved working with each other, stating, “I’m sure Mark and I will be 85, 90 years old making movies together.”
Wahlberg will be seen soon with Kevin Hart in the Netflix comedy Me Time. His other upcoming films include Uncharted, Arthur the King and Father Stu.
Watch the trailer below.