With Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane hosting the 85th Annual Academy Awards, it would seem that anything might happen. Now, Mark Wahlberg – star of MacFarlane’s feature film debut, Ted – confirms that he and his co-star, the titular CGI teddy bear (voiced by MacFarlane himself), will appear during the Oscar telecast on February 24.
In an appearance on Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show set to air Friday, Wahlberg also confirmed that deals are in works to bring about a sequel to Ted, which surpassed The Hangover to become the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. While mentioning that he’s never done a sequel before, Wahlberg expressed his confidence in MacFarlane.
When asked by Cooper how Ted will be preparing for his big night at the Oscars, Wahlberg replied, “He can’t do it without [smoking a bong]. It’s mandatory.”
Here is a clip from Wahlberg’s appearance on Anderson Cooper Live:
Seth MacFarlane is one strange person – and I’m not just saying that because of what Ted is about. I point it out because as a one-time fan of Family Guy, I now find the show more annoying than ever. To make matters worse, only American Dad shows any remaining sign of life (The Cleveland Show was never worth my time). So with the announcement of his first film (and him returning to essentially the Peter Griffin voice), I once again looked on skeptically thinking that he might not be able to pull it off. That was until I noticed Mark Wahlberg was cast as the star. My trepidation against the movie finally started subsiding.
Ted‘s plotline might be slight, but it’s how the film handles it that makes it such a memorable fantasy. In 1985, young John Bennett from Boston has no friends and is the odd kid out. For Christmas, he receives a teddy bear and soon wishes for the bear to be real. The next morning, the bear comes to life. Even his parents are in shock (“You’re like the baby Jesus,” his mother exclaims), and before he realizes it, Ted is a nationwide celebrity, even appearing on Johnny Carson. As the fame dies down, Ted does his best to try and live a normal life, even if it is with John (Wahlberg, now grown up), but how is it normal when he is doing drugs and countless other unspeakable things?