"But, but Happy Gilmore and Marky Mark are so very different," you protest.
You are correct, but, according to Vulture, a whole plethora of scheduling complications and other issues factored into the decision to replace Wahlberg for the picture, including Wahlberg's association with the Peter Berg picture "Lone Survivor," the surprise pick-up of "Anchorman 2" which complicated Will Ferrell's time availability for shooting "Three Mississippi," and Warner Bros.' replacement of would-be director Adam McKay with Sean Anders, who'd just directed Sandler in June 15's "That's My Boy."
This may become problematic for both Will Ferrell and Alec Baldwin because Vulture also reports that the whole project came along because of the desire to reunite Baldwin and Wahlberg after their work together on "The Departed." Baldwin was attached to star as Wahlberg's father in the film, which centers around two families' annual Thanksgiving tag football game (which one side always loses at) ... Not to mention, nixed director McKay is one of Ferrell's producing partners and had the idea of pulling together the cast with Wahlberg in the first place. Yikes!
Reportedly, "Three Mississippi" was once code-named "Turkey Bowl." Sound like there's been a little fowl play (ha ha) going on with this movie already.