Mark Wahlberg

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Mark Wahlberg got a rowdy, boy-band reception at San Diego Comic-Con, where he showed up to promote video-game adaptation Max Payne. A surprisingly female crowd—this is a comic book convention, after all—went nuts as he took the stage to talk about his brutal revenge thriller.

"This is like playing a show in Japan," Wahlberg told the screaming crowd. "Now I know why the New Kids went back!"

The former face of the Funky Bunch was joined by costars Mila Kunis and Ludacris, and he had nice words for his fellow rapper-turned-actor. "I come from the music world, so I'm always a little suspicious about how much they're going to commit," Wahlberg said. "Chris is good, though—the next big shining bright star."

The three spoke after rolling sneak-peek footage from Max Payne, scheduled to open in October. Here's what the crowd saw:

The trailer, introduced by director John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines), appeared to be your standard action stuff: guys in black with guns shoot 'em up. A cop drifts toward the dark side while seeking revenge, that sort of thing. The final shot, though, suggested something different: Wahlberg fires a shotgun midair while doing a backflip, and his victim gets sucked into the sky by what appears to be a black-winged angel of death.

Whatever it means, many in the audience weren't even paying attention because, like, did you see? Marky Mark's here!

Kunis plays an assassin, and the That '70s Show alum chimed in about her favorite part: Being able to "kick ass in 5-inch heels," she said. "I get to beat up Mark."

Lucky girl.

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