Wahlberg plays Troy Barlow, a Sergeant First Class who along with two soldiers plan a gold heist during the 1991 Iraqi uprising at the end of the Persian Gulf War. Things don’t quite go as planned in this action drama directed by David O. Russell. The film also stars George Clooney, Ice Cube, Spike Jonzeand Nora Dunn. Russell:
Mark is very serious as an actor and I think more people will increasingly understand. His ambitions are equal to De Niro’s, and I think people will get that as he builds his body of work. He was perfect for this role.