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    Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson are becoming big-screen besties

    Mel Gibson and Mark Wahlberg at the premiere of “Daddy's Home 2.”
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    Mel Gibson and Mark Wahlberg at the premiere of “Daddy's Home 2.”

    Given the problems in his past — the racist and anti-Semitic rants and the domestic violence — some in Hollywood have been, understandably, wary of working with Mel Gibson. Not Mark Wahlberg.

    Indeed, Gibson and Wahlberg have developed something of a bromance since costarring last year in the made-in-Massachusetts comedy “Daddy’s Home 2,” and it looks like they’re about to join forces on two new projects.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, super agent Ari Emanuel, who ditched Gibson after the Aussie actor’s 2006 DUI arrest that included an anti-Semitic
    tirade, has been actively helping Gibson of late. THR says Emanuel, who, not coincidentally, has long repped Wahlberg, is promoting Gibson to direct the upcoming “Six Billion Dollar Man,” an adaptation of the ’70s TV show “The Six Million Dollar Man, which starred Lee Majors. Who do you suppose is playing Colonel Steve Austin in the movie? Yup, Wahlberg.


    And then there’s the World War II drama “Destroyer,” which Gibson is set to direct. The movie, based on John Wukovits’s book “Hell From the Heavens: The Epic Story of the USS Laffey and World War II’s Greatest Kamikaze Attack,” has yet to be cast, but The Wrap says Gibson is eyeing Wahlberg for the lead.

    Wahlberg has made a habit of working with directors on multiple projects. First it was David O. Russell, with whom he made “Three Kings,” “I Heart Huckabees,” and the Oscar-nominated “The Fighter.” Then it was Peter Berg, with whom Wahlberg’s made four movies: “Lone Survivor,” “Deepwater Horizon,” the Boston Marathon bombing movie “Patriots Day,” and the forthcoming “Mile 22.”