Mark Wahlberg Makes Himself at Home While Filming ‘Lone Survivor’ in New Mexico (PHOTO)

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Just weeks after completing filming in New Mexico on 2 Guns, an action thriller that co-stars Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg is back there again shooting Lone Survivor.

Although it appears to be coincidental that the location of the two shoots is the same, it’s no doubt convenient for Wahlberg, whose schedule has been incredibly busy in recent months not only filming these two films, but Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain as well.

New Mexico also offers a wide array of landscapes for filmmakers, a variety which comes in handy when a film demands an unusual backdrop but destination filming is financially untenable.

Why is Wahlberg’s Lone Survivor making its home in New Mexico?

Written and directed by Peter Berg (Battleship), the film chronicles “Operation Red Wing,” a failed 2005 mission in which a SEAL team was assigned the task of capturing or killing Taliban leader Admad Shad. Only one member of the team survived the mission.

New Mexico provides a comparable visual backdrop for the story, which took place in Afghanistan. The film also stars Taylor Kitsch (Battleship), Eric Bana (Hanna), Ben Foster (Contraband) and Emile Hirsch (Savages).

Wahlberg was also spotted away from set in Santa Fe eating dinner.

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