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But he also found himself slipping into what he called the “anti-working-man code.” He and his actor buddies would take pride in sleeping late, going to movies in the middle of the day, and tearing up the L. He was succeeding in his career, but he was restless.
He was spending too many hours “just fucking sitting around being bored out of my mind.” On the set of —a New York–area crime drama starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, and Harvey Keitel—Berg, then 32, decided he needed to make a change.
“He punched me in the throat once and I couldn’t talk for a week—that really made him happy,” Parker remembers.
“He was excited to know that he might have crushed my larynx.
And he routinely makes appearances on sports talk-radio shows, in school auditoriums, and on ideas-festival panels, where he promotes his own ideas of proper manhood.
His “Bergisms” can be practical, such as advising someone to routinely wake up before dawn, but they tend to take on a cryptic and quasi-spiritual quality, too.
“He really has this unique, interesting mix of strong human empathy and machismo,” says Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the producer of the .
), adding that he and Peter want to make the first film as the start of a trilogy.
Peter Berg is stalking across a boxing ring—gloves up, head bobbing, sinews twitching—looking for an opening so he can unleash a flurry of punches into the torso of his opponent, a recently retired Navy SEAL.
“Our movie is about honoring both the people who died and those who survived that day, so humanity is incredibly important; at the same time, the rig blowout itself was intense, it was heroic, it was literally a trial by fire.
There are a lot of people who can shoot frenetic or dynamic action, but there’s only a handful of directors capable of keeping you in the shoes of the characters while this traumatic thing is going on. If I need toughness, Pete’s got it.” This month marks the premiere of another high-profile Berg project: HBO’s -like dramedy about current and former football players in Miami and their harried retired-jock money manager, played by Dwayne Johnson.