At first, he was worried about roughing up the movie star. But director Peter Berg pushed him a bit…

By Brian Ives 

Trace Adkins fans are eagerly awaiting his next album, which is expected to come out later this summer. But they should also be on the lookout for his role in the upcoming Mark Wahlberg film, Deepwater Horizon, which is based on the disastrous 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Atkins has a brief role in the film, he tells, but it’s a memorable one. At first, however, he wasn’t sure he wanted to sign on for the film.

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“They called me to come do this movie,” he says. “I was up in the Northwest, we were on tour somewhere, and my agent called. She’s like, ‘There’s a little part in this movie that they want you to come and do. It would just require you to be there for one day. You can fly to New Orleans and do it for one day.'”

“So I said, ‘I really don’t want to fly down to New Orleans to do just one scene in a movie.’ So she says, ‘Well, you get to throw a guy around the lobby of a hotel.’ I said, ‘That sounds like fun, but still…’ And she says, ‘It’s [Mark] Wahlberg that you throw around.'”

“‘OK, I’ll go.'”

As a plus, he got to chat with one of Wahlberg’s famous co-stars: “It was a fun day, I got to meet Kurt Russell, [but I] didn’t do any scenes with him. ”

The film is directed by Peter Berg, who also directed the 2004 gridiron classic Friday Night Lights as well as the 2013 war drama Lone Survivor.

“He’s a very intense individual,” Atkins says. “He didn’t think he was getting the intensity from me that he wanted, he wanted me to get rough with Wahlberg, and I didn’t really want to. I didn’t want to hurt the guy. He started pushing me, and poking me in the chest, and cussing at me and pushing me against the wall, and he really made me mad.”

“And then he was like, ‘Action!'”

Is angering Trace Adkins an effective directing technique? Atkins grins. “He got what he wanted.”

But he says the shoot was a good experience. “The whole mood on the set was very serious, because the guy that Wahlberg was portraying [Mike Williams, one of the last crew members to escape the Deepwater Horizon oil rig] was actually there. He was consulting on the movie. And I talked to him before we did the scene. And we did the scene in the hotel lobby where [that scene] actually happened. I asked him, ‘Did this really happen?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, this really happened, I came in, the guy approached me, wanting to know where his son was. It happened, this is how it happened, this is where it happened.’ It was serious.”

Deepwater Horizon hits theaters September 30.


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