Actor (and our favorite tighty whitie model of all time) Mark Wahlberg says he prayed to God for forgiveness for his role in the 1997 movie Boogie Nights.
Wahlberg portrayed porn star Dirk Diggler in the Paul Anderson directed 1970s-set film. While he was making an appearance in Chicago to draw young people into the church, the topic of penance came up and Wahlberg pointed to that film.
“I just always hope that God is a movie fan and also forgiving, because I’ve made some poor choices in my past,” Wahlberg said.
Asked if he’d ever prayed for forgiveness for any movies in particular, he added, “Boogie Nights is up there at the top of the list.”
Really? Boogie Nights? Of all the films he’s be in, there are a few more cinematic transgressions that are a lot more offensive than when he put a big penis prosthetic on to play a porn star. What about Daddy’s Home? Or better yet, the sequel Daddy’s Home 2 with co-star and anti-semite Mel Gibson?
Wahlberg really shouldn’t be asking God’s forgiveness cause of any fictional characters he’s played on screen, and perhaps should be worried about some of his IRL transgressions. These include like beating two Vietnamese men to the point of unconsciousness and throwing rocks and racial slurs at African-American children.
Wahlberg actually did bring that up, saying “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.”
Being jailed as a teen 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.”
“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.”
His appearance was by the side of Cardinal Blase Cupich, who (not shockingly) doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to his support of gay marriage. He still sides with the church, believing marriage is only between a man and a woman.
Wahlberg has previously come out in support of gay marriage but said he didn’t speak “with the cardinal or the pope about that.”
He continued, “I just think we have a lot more important issues to be worrying about. For me, I’ve got my own issues to deal with. … I go to confession and I want to continue to work hard on myself.”