15. 'Renaissance Man'
When Wahlberg's agent informed him that director Penny Marshall wanted him to read for a part in this Danny DeVito military comedy, the actor's reply was: "Wait, you mean Laverne?!?" In his first semi-substantial screen role, Wahlberg plays a dim, pissy Southern boy with a chip on his shoulder. He can't do an accent, but he's actually pretty good at conveying his character's contempt for the others; we get the fact that this guy doesn't play well with anybody around him. It's the kind of sentimental comedy they used to make in the Nineties, where characters could be complex, interesting and funny – and the former musician more than holds his own.