When one looks back at the career of Mark Wahlberg, one can see some things that the actor can and should be proud of, and some things he would understandably regret later in life.
The actor/producer is also a man of faith, but hasn’t let it really dictate his film roles in the past which has allowed him to do various films filled with violent, racy and foul-mouthed content.
Last week he joined Cardinal Blase Cupich in a sit down Q&A at UIC Pavillion in Chicago as part of an effort to encourage more youth to join the church. As part of the talk, he made a surprising reveal though – that one of those movies you think he would be most proud of is actually one of his big regrets. He says (via The Chicago Tribune:
“I just always hope that God is a movie fan and also forgiving, because I’ve made some poor choices in my past. ‘Boogie Nights’ is up there at the top of the list. I’ve never been shy about sharing my past and the bad decisions I’ve made and being affiliated with gangs, being incarcerated, so absolutely I think they can identify with me on a personal level, and that’s why I’ve continued to try to do as much as I can to help young people.
It’s one thing to give money, or to start programs, but to be there and be able to talk to them, and tell them there is someone who has been through the same things they are going through and was able to turn their life around, and turn it into a big positive. That’s always important.”
“Boogie Nights” was Paul Thomas Anderson’s film about the porn industry in the late 1970s & early 1980s, and one which featured Wahlberg as the well-endowed Dirk Diggler. It was a film that both helped Anderson break out, but also showed then rising young star Wahlberg was capable of serious dramatic roles.