Mark Wahlberg tells Jeff Bezos to bring Amazon to Michigan: 'I'll call him myself'

Mark Wahlberg continues to speak glowingly about the state of Michigan.

So much, in fact, the 46-year-old actor told local media he thinks Amazon should pick the Great Lakes State for its second headquarters.

Wahlberg was back in the Motor City over the weekend, making a surprise stop at his Wahlburgers restaurant in Greektown to announce the opening of another location at a planned shopping center in Royal Oak

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He also met with fans at the restaurant, continued to push for film incentives and spoke with local media about his visit. Though Wahlberg is a native of Boston - which is also bidding for Amazon's "HQ2" -- he told local media he finds Michigan to be a perfect fit for the online shopping giant.

"Jeff Bezos, come on, buddy. This is the home of American industrial," Wahlberg said. "Come to Michigan.

"You know what? I'm going to call him myself."

Wahlberg has made occasional visits to Detroit and Michigan over the past several years, mainly to film multiple installments of the "Transformers" movie franchise. He was in downtown Detroit last February to open the first Wahlburgers in Michigan, telling local media: "I've made so many great friends here, I come as often as possible.

"There's so many talented people here. It's great to bring these jobs and opportunities here. You have so many wonderful locations, you know, there's so much space and places, it's beautiful. You have the city, you have the country, you have it all. So it's a great mix. But like I said, any excuse I get to get back here, I'm here."

Detroit sent its proposal for Amazon's second headquarters last week, touting a joint bid with Windsor. Grand Rapids also sent a bid.

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