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Mark Wahlberg Talks “Ted” on the “Today” Show

Proving he cleans up pretty darn well, Mark Wahlberg was spotted making his way into the “Today” show studios to promote his latest film, “Ted”, in New York City, New York on Monday (June 18).

Slipping his hands into his pockets, the “Contraband” stud looked suave in grey slacks and a baby blue button up before sitting down and throwing on his matching grey suit coat as he proceeded to talk about his character in the upcoming raunchy comedy.

The Oscar-nominated Wahlberg admitted to “Today” show’s David Gregory that he initially didn’t want to take on the role as John in the flick, saying, “When I first heard the concept, I wasn’t really that excited about it. I said this is not for me, and then I read the script and 30 pages into it I forgot about the bear. It’s just this really great relationship movie.”

In “Ted”, Mark plays opposite of a foul mouthed teddy bear who comes to life after a childhood wish, but the 41-year-old actor warns the R-rated flick is not for kids.

Opening up about a “physical altercation” with a 12-year-old boy in the movie, Mark says, “I punch this kid in the face in the movie, and he’s a big Disney star — he’s on like one of these Disney shows that my kids watch. So I’m watching the show one day with my kids and said, ‘Oh, my God, I punched him in the face!’ And my daughter said, ‘You better not! He’s the nicest boy in the world!’ and I said, ‘Not in my movie.'”

Mark – who is currently filming “Pain and Gain” – also spoke about the importance of furthering his education and finally getting his high school diploma, saying,”I wanted to do it for a long time I don’t want my kids saying, ‘Well, Dad, if you didn’t finish school, why do I have to?’ I look at — my daughter’s in third grade and I look at her science and I don’t know what it is, it could be in another language…. It felt like it was important.”

“Ted” will open in theaters on June 29.

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