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Don't blink or you'll miss Eric Greitens' book in new Mark Wahlberg movie

A book written by embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens makes a quick appearance in the trailer for the upcoming Mark Wahlberg action film, "Mile 22."  The trailer debuted Tuesday.
A book written by embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens makes a quick appearance in the trailer for the upcoming Mark Wahlberg action film, "Mile 22." The trailer debuted Tuesday. YouTube screengrab

Missouri governor Eric Greitens inexplicably has gone Hollywood.

The trailer for the new Mark Wahlberg movie, "Mile 22," debuted on Tuesday and just a few seconds into the clip, Greitens' name flashes by.

It appears on the spine of his 2011 book about being a Navy SEAL, "The Heart and the Fist," one of several tomes lined up in a tight shot of a bookshelf.

In the movie, Wahlberg plays a CIA operative named James Silva working with a top-secret tactical command team to retrieve and transport an "asset" who has life-threatening information. according to Deadline. The movie opens Aug. 3.

There appears to be no obvious connection between Greitens and Wahlberg, so who knows how the governor's book ended up as a prop - or even why.

Greitens has been embroiled in scandal for months, accused of blackmail, sexual coercion and physical violence during a 2015 extramarital affair, and investigated for possible campaign funding wrongdoing. Talk now is of impeachment.

"One day having a book on a character’s shelf signifies 'this is a serious person with serious thoughts about serious foreign policy, probably involving torture if the voiceover is any clue'; then the next thing you know, it means 'this character really doesn’t follow the news,'" snarked Slate, the first to notice the governor's "cameo" appearance in the film.

The Greitens book sits on the shelf next to another book with ties to Missouri - "Mr. Truman's War" by J. Robert Moskin, which examines the first five months of the Missouri native's presidency.

And speaking of trailers, Greitens' book had its own when it first came out.

Wahlberg himself is not known for making political statements, overt or otherwise. In late November 2016, after the presidential election, he cautioned his fellow actors to stop talking about politics.

In an interview with a veterans' website, Task & Purpose, he was asked if he thought Hollywood had tried to undercut Trump.

“A lot of celebrities did, do, and shouldn’t,” Wahlberg said. “You know, it just goes to show you that people aren’t listening to that anyway. They might buy your CD or watch your movie, but you don’t put food on their table. You don’t pay their bills.

"A lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble. They’re pretty out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for their family."

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