The 1997 commercial and critical success “Boogie Nights” may have launched Mark Wahlberg’s career, but it’s the film he regrets the most. Wahlberg told the Chicago Tribune that he’s asked God for forgiveness for that particular film.
“I just always hope that God is a movie fan and also forgiving because I've made some poor choices in my past,” said Wahlberg.
When prompted to list the films he’s sorry for having made, Wahlberg pointed to “Boogie Nights.” He said, “Boogie Nights' is up there at the top of the list."
In “Boogie Nights,” Wahlberg played porn star Dirk Diggler.
Wahlberg gave the interview at a Chicago event with Catholic Cardinal Blase Cupich. Wahlberg, a committed Catholic, joined Cupich to support his effort to draw more young people into the Catholic Church.
Wahlberg told the Tribune that he believed his own very troubled adolescence—including his time spent in prison for assaulting a Vietnamese immigrant—could make it easier for young people to relate to him. Especially if those young people are caught up in the violent crime of the city.
"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," he said.
"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."
Wahlberg also opened up about how he finds time for God in his busy life. That includes going to bed at 7:30 pm so he can pray in the morning.
He also shared that going to jail as a teen the wake-up call he needed.
“[It was a] big wake-up call for me. A lot of people go to God when they get into trouble. When I heard the jail doors close behind me … I knew that was just the beginning for me.”
However, that doesn’t mean he’s encouraging teens to go that far to turn their lives around.
“I feel remorse when I’ve made mistakes. If I could go back and change a lot of things that I did, I would. I look for ways to give back.”
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