The top box office draw for fans of ridiculous action this week is undoubtedly 2 Guns -- a buddy action movie starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. For a certain kind of viewer, the mere sight of the 2 Guns poster is enough to prompt an eye-roll. But for others, the thought of both Wahlberg and Washington hanging up their prestige pants for a mad dash through wisecracking shoot 'em up territory means nothing but tears of joy. Time will tell if director Baltasar Kormákur will deliver the goods, so stay tuned.
In honor of the impending, blessed union of Denzel and Wahlberg, let us take a look at some of the actors' most badass and ridiculous characters, and speculate as to what kind of crossover potential there might have been (or might be in the future? Hollywood, I'm available for script doctoring):
Both Washington and Wahlberg have dabbled in these types of winky, full-steam-ahead action romps before, but they’ve usually gone solo. For Washington, the prestige pictures came first: most of the 1990s and 2000s saw Washington as Hollywood’s go-to-guy for serious drama, especially in the realm of biopics. Wahlberg, on the other hand, had a rough road ahead of him, needing first to shake off the constant jokes about underwear ads and “Good Vibrations” before he was even taken seriously as a box office draw for bullet-riddled blow-outs like The Big Hit or Max Payne (after his oscar-nominated supporting role in The Departed, audiences and critics alike seem to have begrudgingly accepted that the former Funky Bunch frontman can actually chew scenery with the best of ‘em).