HOLLYWOOD – Taking a departure from his Everyman roles in Transformers 4 and Pain and Gain, Mark Wahlberg stars as a literature professor in The Gambler and it is having a massive on the way teachers teach in schools and universities all over the country.
Prof. Josie Percheesey head of the university teacher’s association spoke to the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY about Mark Wahlberg’s impact:
When The Gambler first came out in the Seventies, James Caan had some effect on teaching but not much. Robin Williams in Dead Poet’s Society became the model for the 90s. For years, teachers tried their damnedest to inspire students and of course if one of them committed suicide, it was considered a bonus. The new version of The Gambler however has eclipsed even that.
Wahlberg is the most unlikely casting for a literature professor. His lank locks and his pallor are fine, but don’t hide his little boy lost look of a man who has never read a book in his life. And perhaps this is why he has connected with so many teachers. He is fresh and new. Now every teacher I know is starting the class by lying on the desk and exhaling loudly. It’s amazing.
How to teach like Mark Wahlberg.
1. Lie on the desk.
2. Begin lessons as if you’ve just had an existential epiphany.
3. Praise the student you most want to nail and then nail them. (ALWAYS BE CLOSING).
4. Mention the subject you’re teaching only in so much as it allows you to talk about the theme of the movie.
5. Be consumed by narcissistic self-loathing and cynical about the whole point and purpose of education.
6. Make sure your students have all arrived from central casting and none of them behave like actual students, i.e. demanding an education for the massive fees they or their parents have paid. Rather they should be foils for your expert put downs.