By Erin Strecker
Updated August 08, 2013 at 04:52 PM EDT
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Mark Wahlberg has got a movie to promote, which means he’s ready to be back in the headlines.

The easiest way to do that is to weigh in on all the buzzy issues of the day, which Wahlberg was all too happy to do. First, he told the L.A. Times that — much like Johnny Depp said — critics were out to get Lone Ranger. “First and foremost, the media is targeting all these movies,” the actor said in the interview. “There’s intense scrutiny on us, way more than before.” Beyond that, though, Wahlberg thought that the other summer blockbuster issue was budgets. “They are spending so much money to pull the wool over the audience’s eyes with these effects-driven movies,” he said. “It’s not like Jurassic Park, where you saw something groundbreaking and innovative and said ‘Holy … I gotta see that. Every end-of-the-Earth movie kind of feels the same.”

When the L.A. Times reporter brought up that Wahlberg was slated to star in Transformers 4, and jeez, doesn’t that movie seem right in the wheelhouse of what Wahlberg is bashing, the actor replied, “Transformers is a different thing. What Michael’s [Bay] been able to do is elevate the material and take the human element to a whole other place.” Okay then!

Wahlberg also had some thoughts about The World’s Favorite Punching Bag/Walking Breakdown In Real Time Justin Bieber (Who allegedly got into another silly fight yesterday). Wahlberg clearly knows a thing or two about having a past and being young and dumb (Marky Mark Forever!) so it’s no surprise he had some empathy for the Biebs and his recent (self-inflicted) troubles. ” He’s a kid! Let him live his life,” he told The Sun. “He’s a teenager, obviously living in a different day and age. Everybody’s got a cell phone and paparazzi everywhere. I was in prison before I got a record out and I don’t think he’s been to prison. I don’t think he wants to go.”

He added, “This career can be short-lived; you might as well be the best you can while you’re doing it, while you’re in the game. And after, if you want to go ‘F’ off, do that.”

Just Wahlberg business as usual while he promotes 2 Guns. And at least during this press tour, he didn’t evoke 9/11.

2 Guns

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  • 100 minutes
  • Baltasar Kormákur