In the sort of PR timing that feels rather conveeeeeeenient given the current state of Hollywood scandals, actor Mark Wahlberg told an audience in Chicago—standing next to Cardinal Blase Cupich yet—that he prayed to God for forgiveness for starring in the 1997 movie Boogie Nights.
Wahlberg was in town to help Cardinal Cupich bring in more young people to the Catholic Church.
I just always hope that God is a movie fan and also forgiving, because I’ve made some poor choices in my past.
When the Chicago Tribune’s Kim Janssen asked Wahlberg if any particular movies came to mind, he answered, “Boogie Nights is up there at the top of the list.”
Wahlberg, who is a practicing Catholic, played porn star Dirk Diggler in the movie.
Now, the interesting thing here, outside of the timing of the actor’s comments, is that according to the Forbes, he is the highest-paid actor in the world. He represents (at least nowadays) a certain type of movie that you can depend Middle America to go see in droves. While actors like Ben Affleck and Matt Damon get really political, Wahlberg has the aura of the “blue collar” salt-of-the-earth dude (some skeletons in his closet notwithstanding).
In an America where ticket sales for big-budget movies starring huge names like Ryan Gosling and Tom Cruise are down, and day after day is full of news stories about bad behavior behind-the-scenes…is middle-of-the-road “regular guy” Wahlberg sort of the “sure thing” actor you can expect a decent (maybe not super-blockbuster) box-office return for?
And did he pray to God for forgiveness for the Transformers movies?
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