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FOUR BROTHERS

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"The Mercer brothers are tough, street-smart guys,” says Mark Wahlberg, the star of the new film from director John Singleton, "Four Brothers,” the story of four adoptive brothers who come together to avenge their mother's murder. "They would probably be dead or in jail if it wasn't for their foster mom. They may have gone their separate ways as adults, but they all realize the positive impact she had on their lives. And my character, Bobby, feels like he owes it to her to reunite his brothers and avenge her death.”

Academy Award®-nominated director John Singleton directs the film. "Even in lawless societies, there's a code — a set of rules that people live by. Wrongs still have to be made right,” says Singleton. "In our film, each of the Mercer brothers has gone his own way, but they all come back together to make right the wrong of their mother's death. What unites the brothers is the code instilled in them by their mother.”

Lorenzo di Bonaventura produces the film. "The Mercer brothers — two black, two white — are linked by their adoptive mother. When these guys lose her — a woman who was only trying to do good in her life and the only person who ever believed in them — they set out to avenge her murder,” he says. "To me, that's the critical element —this uncompromising action picture has a deeply emotional core.

"Evelyn Mercer was the glue that held these four boys together,” di Bonaventura continues. "They are brothers because of her. They have a family because of her. Now they must make a conscious decision to exact revenge for her murder.”

"I've never had something horrific like this happen to my family,” says Wahlberg. "I've thought about it a lot; how I would respond, how I would handle it. I think it's a lot easier to say you would be able to forgive and forget when it hasn't happened to you.”

Singleton adds that as the brothers avenge her death, they grow closer as brothers. "I've always believed that none of these guys entirely embraced the idea that they were brothers. But when they're stripped of their emotional guard by the death of their mother, they're able to discover how much they really care about each other.”

According to Andre Benjamin, the cast also became closer as filming progressed. "After hanging out with each other, feeling each other out, we fell into the characters that we play in the movie,” says Benjamin, who takes on his first starring role with "Four Brothers.” "It wasn't anything we were trying to make happen — we just found those roles naturally. I'm an only child in real life, so I don't know what it's really like, but I can tell you that Mark was just like an older brother to us.”

"When people see the billboard for this movie,” says Tyrese Gibson, who plays Angel Mercer, "they'll say, ‘How are they four brothers, when you got two white boys and two black guys?' But a brother is not always somebody that's the same race or even the same blood. We are brothers; you'll see it in the chemistry and in the energy between us. No one will ever be able to take that away from us.

Singleton says that he was immediately struck by how the script worked on so many different levels. "What really appealed to me was the fact that this wasn't a straight genre piece, but a character-driven film with action and drama,” says the director. "Its different elements combine to lift it into a higher realm of storytelling that makes for one really action-packed ride.”

Previously the director of the acclaimed film "Boyz N the Hood” and the international hits "Shaft” and "2 Fast 2 Furious,” Singleton is also a filmmaker with his finger on the pulse of today's audiences and rising filmmaker talents. He recently put on the hat of producer to bring the independent film "Hustle & Flow” to the screen. In "Four Brothers,” Singleton brings this story sense and stylish vision to a film that cuts acros

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