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Mark Wahlberg Can't Smile: A BuzzFeed Investigation

Smiling: harder than it looks.

This is Hollywood bad boy Mark Wahlberg.

This is Hollywood bad boy Mark Wahlberg.

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You know him from such films as Daddy's Home and Daddy's Home 2.

You know him from such films as Daddy's Home and Daddy's Home 2.

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Hollywood bad boy Mark Wahlberg has starred in a lot of movies, with a storied career that spans over two decades. But do you know what all of his roles have in common? I'll tell you: They're all bad boys.

Hollywood bad boy Mark Wahlberg has starred in a lot of movies, with a storied career that spans over two decades. But do you know what all of his roles have in common? I'll tell you: They're all bad boys.

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Well, friends, I have a theory...

Well, friends, I have a theory...

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Come closer and I'll tell you.

Come closer and I'll tell you.

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Closer.

Closer.

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Come on, don't be afraid. Come a little closer.

Come on, don't be afraid. Come a little closer.

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Just a bit more...

Just a bit more...

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Hollywood bad boy Mark Wahlberg doesn't know how to smile.

Hollywood bad boy Mark Wahlberg doesn't know how to smile.

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Here he is making his best attempt at a smile. What's he doing with his mouth? I couldn't tell you. What I can tell you is that it's not a smile.

Here he is making his best attempt at a smile. What's he doing with his mouth? I couldn't tell you. What I can tell you is that it's not a smile.

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Here's another one.

Here's another one.

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Here's a pretty sad attempt.

Here's a pretty sad attempt.

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Anddd here's another — COMMIT, MARK. COMMIT TO THE SMILE.

Anddd here's another — COMMIT, MARK. COMMIT TO THE SMILE.

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It's the face ventriloquists make when they want it to look like their puppets are speaking.

It's the face ventriloquists make when they want it to look like their puppets are speaking.

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It's as if he's trying to act natural at the very same moment that he's whispers to Heather Graham, "act natural."

It's as if he's trying to act natural at the very same moment that he's whispers to Heather Graham, "act natural."

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And here we have another brand of Wahlberg smile. It can best be described as the face you might make while staring directly into the sun.

And here we have another brand of Wahlberg smile. It can best be described as the face you might make while staring directly into the sun.

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Here's the staring-into-the-sun look with sunglasses on.

Here's the staring-into-the-sun look with sunglasses on.

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And here's the staring-into-the-sun look with Christian Bale.

And here's the staring-into-the-sun look with Christian Bale.

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Mark, buddy, what is going on?

Mark, buddy, what is going on?

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Here he is looking confused. Wouldn't YOU be confused if you didn't know how to smile?

Here he is looking confused. Wouldn't YOU be confused if you didn't know how to smile?

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And here's Mark's natural state.

And here's Mark's natural state.

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Mark, if you're out there, if you're reading this, we're pulling for you. One of these days, you're gonna figure it out.

Mark, if you're out there, if you're reading this, we're pulling for you. One of these days, you're gonna figure it out.

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