Character He Plays: Sergeant Dignam
Best Line: "Maybe. Maybe nawt. Maybe go fuck yahself."
Boston Guy's Assessment: Wahlberg killed it. He has my approval to play a guy from Boston any time he wants.
Mark Wahlberg is from Dorchester, a town whose name, when pronounced with a Boston accent, is the most New England thing ever. Dawww-chest-ahhh. Unlike Damon, Wahlberg seems to really remember what it sounds like to be from the region, and it pays off. Everything he utters in The Departed is so purely Boston, with the perfect amount of dropped Rs, a complete butchering of the hard-O sound, and a nice hint of impotent outrage that lends the accent its attitude. It's marvelous. Mark Wahlberg should only play people from Boston.