According to our gossip snitches in Tri-Cities, rapper, actor and director, Mark Wahlberg, was hanging out three hours away from Yakima in La Grande, Oregon on Monday, January 21st.

No "Funky Bunch" was spotted, but Wahlberg was busy researching his role for an as-yet untitled movie about La Grande natives, Jadin and Joe Bell.

Wahlberg was deeply moved about the tragic story of the Bells and he hopes his upcoming film about their lives will increase awareness about the dangers of homophobic bullying.