Mark Wahlberg, Emily Skeggs and Carlo Alban talk about what went into their diverse and complicated roles in 'Mile 22'

Directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan and Ronda Rousey, the stars shined on the 'black carpet' at the Los Angeles premiere


                            Mark Wahlberg, Emily Skeggs and Carlo Alban talk about what went into their diverse and complicated roles in 'Mile 22'

'Mile 22' follows an American elite intelligence agency that tries to smuggle a mysterious lone officer with sensitive information out of the country. Directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan and Ronda Rousey, the stars shined on the 'black carpet' at the Los Angeles premiere.

Emily Skeggs, who plays M.I.T., an expert hacker who puts her talents to use behind a computer screen, discussed what she learned about modern warfare, as well as what she learned from her own family about portraying a hacker.

“I learned so much about modern warfare. A lot I didn’t know just living in the real world. The technology is changing super fast and we can’t keep up with it, and that's what is so scary about modern warfare these days. I also have a lot of family who are hackers and coders and over Thanksgiving I kind of just locked them in a room and picked their brain. I actually have a cousin who is at MIT and she is a bad ass coder and hacker. Hacking is legal. Hacking is good though, we need hackers. They are the ones who find holes in the system and make things safer."

Emily Skeggs at the premiere of STX Films' 'Mile 22' at Westwood Village Theatre on August 9, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
Emily Skeggs at the premiere of STX Films' 'Mile 22' at Westwood Village Theatre on August 9, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Carlo Alban, who plays William 'Dougie' Douglas III, spoke about his unique experience and some of the intense scenes he had to portray in the film.

“It was really intense, a totally new experience for me. Just the thought of doing what I did on screen is totally terrifying. I’m just glad it turned out well. It was a lot of fun and I’m glad that people are reacting to it the way that they are."

Carlo Alban attends the premiere of STX Films' 'Mile 22' at Westwood Village Theatre on August 9, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
Carlo Alban attends the premiere of STX Films' 'Mile 22' at Westwood Village Theatre on August 9, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Mark Wahlberg, who plays the emotionally wounded genius James Silva, spoke about how his character actually came to be, which is a unique story in itself.

“This originally started out as a two-week job playing a secondary villain and then it started becoming the focal point of the film. It was one of those great unapologetically loud, aggressive, abrasive characters, I fell in love with it. It kept getting bigger and crazier."

Mark Wahlberg attends the premiere of STX Films' 'Mile 22' at Westwood Village Theatre on August 9, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
Mark Wahlberg attends the premiere of STX Films' 'Mile 22' at Westwood Village Theatre on August 9, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Wahlberg, of course, has many big projects coming up, one of which is 'The Six Billion Dollar Man,' a role quite different than his current part in 'Mile 22'.

"I have been actively developing 'The Six Billion Dollar Man' man for a while, but it is much more grounded and in reality and we are going to make it next year, but no capes, no superhero outfits. We are just going to make him look like a regular guy doing extraordinary things."

'Mile 22' will be released in the US on August 17 and in the UK on September 19.