Mark Wahlberg's Next Cinematic Pairing: The Bieb!

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Pop-star-turned-Oscar-Nominee Mark Wahlberg dropped a bombshell on New York Magazine at the Time 100 Gala last night, which was held in celebration of those influential figures that have the greatest bearing on the current state of the union. Wahlberg nonchalantly mentioned to the Mag's Vulture page that he was in the works to co-star in an upcoming flick with one of his Time co-honorees—teen sensation Justin Bieber. Their exchange on this subject is too weird—Wahlberg either doesn't seem to get why this news is big and strange, or is just making the whole thing up as he goes along—to abbreviate, so here it is in full:

Is there anyone unexpected you want to work with?

Yeah, Justin Bieber and I are going to do a movie together …

Is that actually true?

Yeah, well, we’re putting it together. Yeah, we’re doing it at Paramount. We pitched them the idea, and we talked to him about doing it and he loved the idea. Been sending me video — he sent me a video of himself and yeah, I think he’s really talented.

Can you tell me more?

No, we’re going to do something interesting.

Like a drama or a comedy?

More of a drama. It’s interesting, right? You want to know. They’ll probably announce it. They may announce it fairly soon … kind of like a reluctant mentor in an inner-city environment. You know, I don’t want to say.

Uhh...sure. Meanwhile, Wahlberg did have some light to shed on another revelation made to New York Magazine by director David O. Russell, who claimed that not only had he always wanted to work with Britney Spears, but that he'd even tried her out for a movie once. Wahlberg now confirms that the movie in question was I Heart Huckabees, and that Russell "thought about casting her in the role that originally went to Naomi Watts"—which, incidentally, would've landed her in a couple romantic scenes opposite Marky Mark. "I think she’s talented," said Wahlberg. "David and I talked about doing three different projects together — maybe he’ll want her in one of those, whatever he wants to do. He trusted me with whoever I wanted to cast in The Fighter, so why not?"

Interesting thought. Still, let's wait until the Femme Fatale tour to make sure that Brit can still stand upright for a couple hours at a time without passing out before we start with the film commitments.