If Hollywood were to produce a film on the life of Tom Brady, it would likely feature an actor that fits his stature as a lanky 6-foot-4-inches athlete who could totally double as a model or corporate executive. If the choice were left up to Brady himself, however, moviegoers would have to adjust their expectations a bit. According to Sports Illustrated the legendary NFL quarterback sees no one but Mark Wahlberg playing the role.
During his weekly appearance on the Westwood One Sports radio show on Wednesday, November 21, an inquiry into who might bring Brady’s story to life on the big screen was raised. Seeing how it was a special episode that paid tribute to the uniformed men and women who took on the recent wildfires in Brady’s native California, the question included a caveat that required the actor to have starred as a firefighter. “I’m going with Mark Wahlberg,” he replied without missing a beat.
Brady then proceeded to elaborate on why he’d go with the 5-foot-8-inches muscle-bound Wahlberg brother, stating, “A Boston legend [from] Dorchester — one of the, you know, just ‘grind it out’ kind of guys. So, he’d be my choice.”
Fans will recall Wahlberg channeling a no-nonsense firefighter in his role as Tommy in director David O. Russell’s 2004 flick I Heart Huckabees. Per IMDb, he’s also had a chance to work alongside Brady when they got together for Ted 2— and a once more for an episode of Entourage that saw them co-starring with one another.
During an interview that he did on the Today show while promoting the release of Ted 2, Wahlberg opened up about his relationship with Brady. While reflecting on what a coincidence it was that they’d wind up performing together — years after Brady visited him on the set of the original Ted — Wahlberg revealed that he had, by that point, already sustained a friendship with the perennial Super Bowl winner for some time.
Brady has also been public about the brotherhood he shares with Wahlberg. By 2015, he had been living in Massachusetts for 15 years. It is where Brady reared his children — and built a family life with wife Gisele Bündchen. While chatting with Entertainment Tonight in October of that year, he confessed that — as a West Coast transplant — he occasionally found himself depending on guys like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Wahlberg for some hometown camaraderie.
“There’s a lot of roots in Boston, so [those] guys in particular, I’ve gotten to know over the years and they’re all friends,” Brady told ET. “They believe in what we’re doing, and it’s great to have such great support from all those guys.”