While we found Andy Samberg's SNL impression of Mark Wahlberg as a sort of less-successful Dr. Doolittle overly preoccupied with sending his regards to farm animals' mothers to be flat out hilarious, not everyone was as amused. For starters, there was Wahlberg himself, who was asked about the sketch several times on the Max Payne interview circuit. In the audio clip above, set to a series of modeling shots and film stills by Defamer videographer Molly McAleer, the Robitussin-abusing star of The Happening seems mildy irritated by the caricaturization:He tells them, "Maybe it was a little jab because I refused to do the show so many times...[It's] not as funny as Hot Rod, but the kid's gotta do what he's gotta do to make a living. I ain't knockin' it. It's all good." Wahlberg hits official Pissed Off levels, however, in an interview with the NY Post:
Someone showed it to me on YouTube. It wasn't like Tina Fey doing Sarah Palin, that's for sure. And "Saturday Night Live" hasn't been funny for a long time. They've asked me to do the show a ton of times. I used to watch it when Eddie Murphy was there and Joe Piscopo and Bill Murray. I don't even know who's on the show now.
Certainly, Wahlberg could have been a better sport about the ribbing—even embraced being immortalized by the long-running show, as Hillary Clinton and Susie Orman have done recently. Still, we can sympathize with the actor, as there's nothing more annoying—we can sort of imagine—than being laden with an annoying catchphrase, blurted out at the actor repeatedly by gas station attendants, restaurant waitstaff, and even his own wife, who couldn't help but shout, "SAY HI TO YOUR MOTHER FOR ME, OK?!" during the climax of a recent lovemaking session.