Mark Wahlberg on retirement and making movies based on faith

From Dirk Diggler to a deacon, Mark Wahlberg played it all.

The “Boogie Nights” star most recently became a Catholic priest for the new April 13 “Father Stu” movie. Wahlberg also produced the film based on the true story of a boxer turned priest.

The star of The Fighter told Entertainment Tonight that “Father Stu” is a turning point in his career.

“It simply came to our notice then [with] real substance can help people, ”said Wahlberg. “I definitely want to focus on doing more. I wouldn’t necessarily say faith-based content, but things that will help people. ”

He added: “I hope this film will open a door not only for me, but for many other people in Hollywood to create more meaningful content.”

Wahlberg called “Father Stu” a “dream role” that chose him to do the “good work of God.” The “Uncharted” star also asked the Boston priest who guided Stuart Long in real life to consult about the film.

Similarly, Wahlberg previously took the true story of Joe Bell, a man who crossed the United States to speak out against homophobic aggression after his teenage son committed suicide. The eponymous film “Joe Bell” received mixed reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2020 and a quiet release the following year.

However, while reflecting on his career as a whole, Wahlberg suggested that he could move away from Hollywood “sooner rather than later, probably” to spend more time with his four children.

“It must be something special to really bring me, you know, to leave home, to leave these boys behind,” said Wahlberg, “because it’s the biggest sacrifice that’s going on, for sure.”

With more than 60 films in his name and many more in the works as a producer, including the big-screen adaptation of “The Six Billion Dollar Man” and Julius Caesar’s epic “The Roman,” Wahlberg has been a top base for dozens of years.

However, in 2017, Wahlberg put his outstanding role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Boogie Nights” in a new religious light.

“I always hope that God is a movie fan and also forgiving, because I made some bad choices in my past,” Wahlberg said during an appearance at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago with Cardinal Blasé Cupich. “Boogie Nights is at the top of the list.”

Wahlberg later clarified his comments, saying, “I was standing in front of a few thousand children talking about them and trying to encourage them to return to their faith, and I was just saying that I just hope he has a sense of humor because maybe decisions that may not be right for Him. ”

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