By Fred Topel | Image property of 20th Century Fox
Max Payne is based on the movie that was itself based on action movies. Max Payne went on the hunt for his family's killers, with double guns and bullet time powers. The game was rated M but the movie is PG-13, so you won't totally see the hardcore effects of Mark Wahlberg's rain of brutality.
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"You can't hit him and then see the blood coming out, but later on if he's a little bit bloodied up, then it's okay," Wahlberg explained. "It's called trying to trick everybody into giving you a PG-13 because we want more people to see this film. If not, if we weren't making a PG-13, you would've heard a lot of f*cks from me, that's for sure. You only get one and they gave it to [Mila Kunis]. I was fu*kin' pissed, believe me. I said sh*t every chance I got."
The actor also wanted to show a little more emotion than just being the vigilante for revenge. However, bringing that heart also sent Wahlberg to a dark place.
"I'm not one of those Shakespearean actors that thinks about the color blue or goes to that place, or thinks about that place when I wanted to hide and be alone as a kid. I have my past which has got a lot of stuff to draw from and I have children so I think about something horrible happening to my family. That's why I can't wait until the last day of shooting so I can go home and hug my kids and get those thoughts out of my head."
With that weight going on, maybe R-rated profanity wouldn't have been appropriate for the film. "We were trying to make a movie that was entertaining and driven by emotion so the F bomb really, I think all that stuff would have kind of diluted it anyway. Too much of it just kind of makes it into something else, but yeah, there were little tricks that we had to do like you see very little blood from the gunshots and stuff like that."
Some sequences find Wahlberg imitating signature Max Payne moves, but it's a lot harder to do it in real life. "The idea of it was fun but I'm not as young as I used to be. It wasn't like we had a gigantic budget so we were on a green screen with wires and everything. We basically shot all the action on film. But no, being able to do those kind of things and especially the third act of the film when he finally actually takes the drug and really goes crazy, it's what every kid dreams about doing."