Mark Wahlberg: Justin Bieber Has the Talent to Be a Good Actor

"It's there" says the actor-producer about his confidence in the pop star's skills in their upcoming basketball drama

Justin Bieber and Mark Wahlberg might seem like an odd pairing at first, but when it comes to the Canadian pop star making his big-screen acting debut, Wahlberg might actually be the perfect mentor.

In April, Wahlberg revealed plans to work together on a basketball movie described as The Color of Money meets The Karate Kid. And the actor unabashedly admits to catching Bieber fever since then.

"I see the guy and spent time with him, and you see what he does and how he does it, and then you actually have a conversation with him, and it's there," Wahlberg tells MTV News, adding that it's "intuition" that led him to believe filming a movie with Bieber is the right choice.

But what happens if, for whatever reason, Bieber freezes up when it comes to acting in front of a camera? "It's there," Wahlber promises, "and if not, I will extract it."

It sounds like life is imitating art a bit in the upcoming film. Little is known about the project other than that it is a drama that -- as Wahlberg has described -- follows a "reluctant mentor in an inner city environment." Bieber, 17, has already showed off his basketball skills during a celebrity game held during NBA All-Star Weekend back in February, so he's at least got that point in his favor.

Just don't expect Bieber or Wahlberg -- who was a music sensation himself back in his Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch days -- to sing and dance on the big screen together any time soon.

"I will not and neither will he," Wahlberg said emphatically after the project was announced. "(I could if) I had to, but I've, you know, that's the last resort. I've worked really hard to get away from that whole thing, but you never know. I may just end up coming back full circle."

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