At first, Mark Wahlberg wasn't sure the movie "Ted" was a good fit for him. His character would have to play opposite a foul-mouthed, beer-loving teddy bear voiced by "Family Guy's" Seth MacFarlane.
But as the Oscar-nominated Wahlberg told TODAY's David Gregory on Monday, reading the script definitely changed his mind. "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."
That said, the R-rated "Ted" is not for kids: Aside from the cursing and the drinking, Wahlberg revealed that he had one "physical altercation" in the film ... and it was with a 12-year-old boy.
"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," he told Gregory. "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.'"
Wahlberg has more going on than "Ted" these days; he confirmed that "Entourage" creator/writer Doug Ellin is writing a script for an "Entourage" movie. (Wahlberg was an executive producer on that HBO series, now ended) And as previously reported, Wahlberg is finally getting his high school degree, one course at a time.
"I wanted to do it for a long time," he said of furthering his education. "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" opens in theaters on June 29.