Mark Wahlberg Annoyed at Not Producing Julian Edelman’s Documentary

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Getty Patriots fan Mark Wahlberg was not a producer on Julian Edelman's documentary.

Julian Edelman’s sports documentary, 100% Julian Edelman, premieres this week (Friday, June 28) on Showtime. The film chronicles the New England Patriots receiver’s effort to return to the field after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee. The injury cost him the entire 2017 season.

On his way back, Edelman was also tagged with a four-game PED suspension that sidelined him for the first quarter of the 2018 campaign. Eventually, the receiver made an emphatic return to the NFL that ended in triumph with a Super Bowl championship, the game’s MVP award and later, a two-year, $18 million contract extension.

It’s a good story and should make for a great documentary. One filmmaker who wanted to tell Edelman’s story but apparently didn’t get to was Patriots fan Mark Wahlberg.

The actor and producer is one of many celebrities and athletes interviewed for the film but Wahlberg wanted a more active role behind the camera, as seen in this promo released by Showtime:

Mark Wahlberg 100%: Julian Edelman PromoSorry Mark, you can produce the next one bubs When injury and controversy threaten his career, an NFL star must return to the source of his drive, his mechanic father, to fix what is broken. Our new feature documentary, 100%: Julian Edelman, comes to Showtime on June 28th at 9PM.2019-06-20T19:37:48.000Z

Wahlberg has a point. If anyone’s going to ask for his time on a project, he has plenty of input to offer as a producer. Besides his numerous acting credits, Wahlberg has been a producer (via IMDB) on films including The Fighter, Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon, Patriots Day and Instant Family. On the TV side, Wahlberg has produced Entourage, Boardwalk Empire, and Ballers.

So it’s understandable that he might want to do more than be a talking head on camera.

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Oh, one more TV series that Wahlberg executive-produced: How to Make It in America, created by… Ian Edelman. Not much is available about Ian’s background, including his relationship to Julian Edelman. But look at a photo and there does seem to be a family resemblance.

Wahlberg is also producing an untitled basketball project being written by Edelman. He probably thought he had a foot in with a Julian Edelman sports documentary. Alas, he has no role behind the scenes with 100% Julian Edelman. The film’s executive producer is Edelman’s business partner Assaf Swissa, who is also credited as a writer. (Edelman himself credited Swissa in an Instagram post.)

Wahlberg apparently isn’t as much in the Edelman inner circle as he may have believed. He’s interviewed along with Tom Brady, Michael Strahan, Deion Sanders, and Snoop Dogg. Could any of those guys have been a creative force behind the documentary? Edelman should probably forget about a role in Ted 3, if that’s ever being made.

100%: JULIAN EDELMAN | Premieres June 28 | SHOWTIME Sports Documentary Films100%: Julian Edelman. A never-before-seen look into the Super Bowl MVP’s improbable journey from injury and suspension to Super Bowl Champion. Premieres June 28 at 9PM. #SHOSports Subscribe to the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel: https://goo.gl/s8CWVT Follow SHOWTIME Sports: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShoSports/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SHOsports Instagram: https://instagram.com/shosports Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/shosports Official Site: https://www.sho.com/sports Follow SHOWTIME Boxing: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShoBoxing Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShowtimeBoxing Instagram: https://instagram.com/showtimeboxing Tumblr: http://showtimeboxing.tumblr.com/ Follow INSIDE THE NFL: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/insidetheNFL Twitter: https://twitter.com/insidetheNFL Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/insidetheNFL/ Follow BELOW THE BELT with Brendan Schaub: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BelowTheBeltSHO Twitter: https://twitter.com/btbshowtime Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/belowthebelt/ Follow SHOWTIME: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/showtime Twitter: https://twitter.com/SHO_Network Instagram: https://instagram.com/showtime/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SHOWTIME Official Site: https://www.sho.com/ 100%: JULIAN EDELMAN enters into Edelman’s inner circle of family, friends and fellow football players, while traversing the complex relationship between a father and a son who sacrifice everything to make it to the NFL. Viewers come to understand what drives the undersized former junior college quarterback, and why you do not bet against Julian Edelman. Written by Swissa and Director Kyler Schelling, 100%: JULIAN EDELMAN is the first feature produced by Swissa and Edelman. It is the latest in a series of unscripted programming from SHOWTIME Sports Documentary Films that spotlights contemporary subject matter. Additional titles in the lineup include the 2017 Sports Emmy® Award-winning DISGRACED, the multi-part series SHUT UP AND DRIBBLE, BIPOLAR ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER, and QUIET STORM: THE RON ARTEST STORY, exploring the turbulent life of one of the NBA’s most controversial figures.2019-06-14T17:09:03.000Z

Narrated by Michael Rapoport (maybe Wahlberg is sore about that too), 100% Julian Edelman also looks at Edelman’s path to the NFL. Edelman’s father played in his son’s football development, from playing quarterback at the College of San Mateo to a three-year career at Kent State (where he led the Golden Flashes in passing and rushing during his senior year), then being drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round.

Without Mark Wahlberg as executive producer, 100% Julian Edelman will premiere Friday, June 28 at 9 p.m. ET.

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