Mark Wahlberg on ‘Transformers 4’: ‘I’m not there for a paycheck’

Actor calls the blockbuster sequel 'the most important role of my career'

Mark Wahlberg has spoken out about Transformers 4, insisting that he didn’t sign up “to get a paycheck”.

Last month (November 2012), director Michael Bay confirmed that Walhberg will be the star of the next Transformers movie – replacing Shia LaBeouf, who declined to return. Bay and Wahlberg recently worked together on an action comedy called Pain & Gain, which is due for release next May (2013).

Now Wahlberg has discussed his motivations for joining the blockbuster film franchise. He told “I’m really excited about Transformers. Michael Bay and I just did Pain & Gain and we had such a good time making it. He came to me and said, ‘I’m kind of doing a whole different reboot on Transformers. Are you interested?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’ll do it!’. I loved the idea and I think we can make something really cool and kick-ass.”

Insisting that he is completely committed to the project, Walhberg continued: “This is not something where it’s already established and I’m just in there to get a paycheck. I’m thinking this is the most important role of my career and I can do something really special.”

Speaking back in June (2012), Bay promised that Transformers 4 will take the franchise in a “new direction” and revealed that it could involve a departure from planet Earth. He said at the time: “That feels like the way to go, doesn’t it? I want to go a little off but I don’t want to go too sci-fi. I still want to keep it grounded.”

Bay and Wahlberg are set to begin shooting the action sequel next May (2013) for a June 2014 release. The previous three Transformers movies have grossed a collective $2.6 billion (£1.7 billion) at the box office worldwide.