Mark Wahlberg may have gotten his big acting break starring in “Boogie Nights”, but the actor looks back on the film with regret.
At an event with Cardinal Blase Cupich at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago on Oct. 20, Wahlberg told 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.”
When asked if he could name a film from his past that has had him pray for forgiveness, the 46-year-old said, “‘Boogie Nights’ is up there at the top of the list.”
The actor and rapper starred as Dirk Diggler in the 1997 Paul Thomas Anderson film about the porn industry in 1970s California. “Boogie Nights” was a big success, critically and commercially, and launched Wahlberg’s career as a leading man in Hollywood.
Wahlberg also told the Tribune that he believes his past, which includes spending time in prison for a racially charged assault against a Vietnamese immigrant, makes him a perfect person to speak to troubled youth.
“I’ve never been shy about sharing my past and the bad decisions I’ve made and being affiliated with gangs, being incarcerated,” Wahlberg said, “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.”
In a new interview with People, Wahlberg elaborated on his “Boogie Nights” comments. “I was sitting in front of a couple of thousand kids talking about and trying to encourage them to come back to their faith, and I was just saying that I just hope he has a sense of humour because I maybe made some decisions that may not be okay with him,” he told People at Sunday’s “Daddy’s Home 2” premiere.
When asked if he would ever consider taking on such an explicit role in the future, Wahlberg wasn’t totally convinced. “I don’t know if that would make my wife all that comfortable,” he said.