We have small friends in big places, and one of those friends happens to be a studio musician who was working close to teen sensation Justin Bieber at a local Los Angeles based studio, where the singer/songwriter and certain members of his staff like to talk about the possibilities of Justin's burgeoning film career.
Justin Bieber to take on the Mark Walberg role in Fear?
It is no secret that, like many pop stars before him, Justin Bieber has acting aspirations, having already appeared on the TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Cubed. He also appeared, as himself, in the 2011 concert film Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.
Our source would like to remain anonymous for now, as he is still working next to the singer, but we've been told that Bieber has been mulling over a number of feature ideas, and instead of looking to someone like Britney Spears for guidance in this department, he is looking to build off the career model of teeny bopper/rapper-turned-Oscar nominated actor Mark Wahlberg. And while Renaissance Man and The Basketball Diaries came first on his resume, its Marky Mark's dark R rated thriller Fear that has caught the attention of Justin Bieber.
There are currently no plans to remake Fear, released by Universal Pictures in 1996. But Justin Bieber is rumored to be obsessed with the movie, which finds Mark Wahlberg playing the psychotic boyfriend of Reese Witherspoon, who torments both her and her family. Throughout the course of its runtime, his David McCall rapes a young woman played by Alyssa Milano, beheads a beloved family pet, carves tattoos into his chest, breaks the neck of a family friend, beats himself up, and threatens to shoot Justin Bieber's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation co-star William Petersen (see the connection there?) point blank in the top of the head. Not to mention the most iconic scene, where he fingers Reese on a roller coaster to the tune of The Sunday's Wild Horses.
Justin Bieber is said to be eyeing the role in a proposed remake, hoping that it will give his image and career the same edge it gave Mark Wahlberg back in 1996, a time when most thought of the actor as a one hit wonder who would quietly disappear. Mark Wahlberg was 25 at the time he made Fear. Justin Bieber will turn 18 this March.
It is believed that Justin Bieber will pursue the rights to remaking Fear, using the film as his launching board into feature film acting. Though, its being speculated that this new Fear will most likely be tamed down for a PG-13 rating, and that it will closely resemble the thrillers and remakes currently being produced by Sony's Screen Gems division.
What do you think? Do you want to see Justin Bieber in a remake of Fear? Should Selena Gomez (19) take on the Reese Witherspoon role (20 at the time of filming the original)? Should Bieber do a version of The Sunday's "Wild Horses"? Let us know in the comment section below.
Fear was released April 12th, 1996 and stars Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, William Petersen, Amy Brenneman, Alyssa Milano, Christopher Gray, Tracy Fraim, Gary Riley. The film is directed by James Foley.