Around The Web: More On Mark Wahlberg's Teamster Show
Have questions about what might be coming? Charlestown isn't the only place that his plans have received coverage, so check out our round-up for a more comprehensive picture of the situation.
Not every Teamster lives in Charlestown, but since the Teamsters Local 25's headquarters are in the neighborhood, it's more than likely that cameras will show up in the 02129 when Mark Wahlberg starts filming his new show about the members of Local 25.
If you're wondering just what kind of show it will be, the Boston Herald's "Teamsters" article quotes Mark Wahlberg himself on the issue:
“This show will be about quality stuff,” he told the Herald. “It’s really more a docu-drama than a reality series. Because when you say ‘reality show,’ people think ‘Jersey Shore.’ Hey, I watch it and I’m entertained. But this show will be entertaining because it’s a fascinating world the Teamsters live in and there’s drama on a daily basis.”
Wahlberg's father, Donald, a former Local 25 truck driver is frequently mentioned as the impetus for the show, as is Wahlberg's relationship with Teamster Micky Ward, his "personal hero" per the Herald, and an individual that Mark Wahlberg portrayed in his movie "The Fighter."
UniversalHub also has some background information on the Teamsters in their article, including details of their checkered past. As they say, "In 2003, local President George Cashman and Vice President William Carnes pleaded guilty to charges related to a scheme to launder extortion money from an Ohio company and to get union health benefits to non-union employees of a local trucking company."
Cashman was convicted of extortion and Carnes of fraud, and the trouble also extends to a Charlestown man, John Joseph "Mick" Murray, who used the Teamsters Local 25 as a base for his racketeering operations and was convicted in 2002.
Current Teamsters Local 25 President, Sean O'Brien, also addressed their earlier troubles in a conversation with Uhub:
"Acknowledging that some critics would say the organization as a whole has had a storied past, O'Brien said that his union has worked hard to restore a level of integrity and professionalism that is shared throughout the 11,000 member organization. 'The Teamsters Local 25 members of today are proud, hardworking citizens of the community. We take pride in being a voice for working people,'" he added.
Charlestown community members who are less-than-enthused about filming taking place locally also have a ray of hope, appearing at the end of a press release from MJH Communications. As it says there, "With the first stop in Boston, the program plans to highlight other Teamsters affiliates across the country," so the show may not be in town forever.
And, of course, will the filming of Mark Wahlberg's show about union members be a union shoot?
As Wahlberg said to the Herald, “Everyone will be well taken care of. We'll be fair to everybody."