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Berg: Battleship didn't have a star

Battleship director Peter Berg has blamed the film's disappointing success to a lack of "a big star".

The blockbuster, which starred Rihanna in her first major acting role, Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Kitsch, made just over 300 million US dollars (£192 million) on a 209 million dollar (£134 million) budget in box offices worldwide.

Peter said his previous success with Hancock in 2008, which starred Will Smith, made him confident of his abilities.

He told the New York Times' Magazine: "I felt I had a new understanding of what went into making a blockbuster. I got a taste of a film's global power. But I discounted the effect of Will Smith on Hancock's success. I thought I could pull off Battleship without a big star."

Peter's next film is Lone Survivor, a low-budget and "emotionally powerful and patriotic film" about Navy SEALs on a doomed mission to capture a Taliban leader during the Afghanistan war.

Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster all star in the movie, which is based on Marcus Luttrell's book, Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account Of Operation Redwing And The Lost Heroes Of SEAL Team 10.

He hopes that this film, which will be released in 2014, will "buy back his reputation".

"The lesson I learned from Battleship was I don't want to tackle that kind of economic project for quite a while," he said.

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