Mark Wahlberg Gets Slapped on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
Mark Wahlberg got smacked in the face by Jimmy Fallon Wednesday when he appeared as a guest on Tonight Show to promote his new movie, The Gambler, and played a game of “Slapjack” with the host.
Slapjack is a new version of Blackjack, Jimmy Fallon-style, in which the winner gets to slap the loser with a giant rubber hand.
“You should have told me, I would have brought my prosthetic penis from Boogie Nights,” Wahlberg joked. He won three rounds and Fallon won one:
But who on Earth would want to slap Marky Mark?
Well, maybe plenty of people since his recent request to be pardoned in Massachusetts for assaults he committed as a teenager in Dorchester.
The request was poorly timed, filed just days after a grand jury in Missouri decided to not indict the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, spurring national protests regarding racial injustice. Wahlberg’s own past offenses were called out by the Blackstonian, which pointed out that even before the assault for which he’s requesting pardon, he had also allegedly been involved in racially charged acts including throwing rocks at black students in Savin Hill.
Wahlberg, on his part, has since responded to the backlash. According to the Associated Press, he acknowledged the differing opinions, saying, “In no way shape or form was I trying to use my celebrity or success to say, ‘Well, I feel entitled to get this because of the fame and fortune,'” and “I will continue to [be a good person and role model] whether the pardon is granted or not.”
Regardless, those knowledgeable of the pardon request recognized the irony of Slapjack, as well as the part of his interview when Fallon asked if he’d ever gambled. Wahlberg said he did a little method acting in Macau, where he won big and then proceeded to lose it all in one roulette spin.
He bet on black, and lost it all. (Get it?)
Here are a few more highlights from Wahlberg’s Tonight Show appearance:
On playing an Oompa Loompa as a kid:
“Did you have the makeup?” Fallon asked.
“Not at that school,” Wahlberg replied. “It was public school in Boston, we didn’t have anything. Basically, you were wearing your brother’s jacket. If he was still asleep when I went to school, I’d take his sneakers that were three sizes too big.”
On remaking a James Caan flick: