Star Wars: The Force Awakens is far and away this winter's reigning box-office Sith Lord, but the runner-up since Christmas isn't exactly Jar Jar. The Will Ferrell vehicle Daddy’s Home has racked up more than $100 million already, a total that shames the SNL alum's moderately successful 2015 team-up with Kevin Hart, Get Hard, like so many white-dude cornrows. The secret to the new film's success? Mark Wahlberg, comedic genius.
I know, I know -- the name Mark Wahlberg conjures images of gleaming muscles, intense eyes, and a furrowed brow. The human action figures he's played in Lone Survivor, The Fighter, and Transformers: Age of Extinction are defined by their utter seriousness -- they grimace, they glare, they take their shirts off. No matter how much Wahlberg distances himself from his underwear-model past, he will always be a self-serious beefcake. But over the past 20 years, the king of The Wahlburgers has carved out a stealthily impressive career as a straight man. Here are 10 examples -- none of which involve the Ted series, haters! -- of his oh-so-serious comedic prowess.