Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Mark Wahlberg produces 'Teamsters' reality show

Dorchester homeboy Mark Wahlberg. who stars in the upcoming, made-in-Boston flick "Ted" and fought his way to the top with the made-in-Lowell "Irish" Micky Ward biopic "The Fighter," plans to revisit his blue-collar roots with a new, locally shot "unscripted pilot" tentatively called "Teamsters" slotted for A&E.

"Set in the real-life world that provided such color to films as 'The Fighter' and 'The Departed,' 'Teamsters' will give viewers a first-hand glimpse of the most legendary union in the most aggressive and territorial city in America: Boston. Here, the Teamsters Local 25 battle for the rights of their 11,000 members," spills A&E in a press release here.

Local 25 is a Charlestown-based union that represents a slew of tough-as-nails workers from groups like Boston Sand and Gravel, UPS and Waste Management. For the record, the actor's now-passed father, Donald, was a Local 25 truck driver.

Meanwhile, Wahlberg will hit the big screen again on Friday, July 13 in the made-in-Boston comedy helmed by "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane (see photo) and co-starring Mila Kunis, Giovanni Ribisi and Patrick Warburton. The film is about a man and his teddy bear, who happens to come to life after Wahlberg's character John made a childhood wish.

"Ted," which recently had a few pick-up shots in Los Angeles, was filmed in Bay Village (photo below), the South End, South Boston and other locations scattered throughout the area including the Boston Common, Public Garden, Charles River Hatch Shell, Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, Union United Methodist Church and Venu located at 100 Warrenton St.

Click here for the latest on Wahlberg.--"Ted" photos by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo

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