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Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch Reunion Not Happening (Exclusive)

Source: Mark Wahlberg was kidding when he said he would reunite with the Funky Bunch to benefit Boston

Mark Wahlberg was just kidding when he said he would reunite with his old hip-hop crew, the Funky Bunch, for a once-in-a-lifetime benefit to help the city of Boston, a person close to the actor tells TheWrap.

We know: Who wouldn't want to see the "Pain & Gain" star again embrace the Marky Mark name for the sake of helping his hometown? But it isn't happening, the source says.

Wahlberg replied with a deadpan "why not" when asked by TMZ this week if he would rejoin his old group for a charity benefit in response to the Boston Marathon bombings.

Word of a possible reunion quickly spread across the internet, and — to paraphrase the group's "Good Vibrations" — sweat started coming out the pores of longtime fans.

But it's not happening. Sorry.

Watch Wahlberg's mini-interview with TMZ: