From Dirk Diggler to deacon, Mark Wahlberg has played all.
The “Boogie Nights” star recently converted to Catholic Catholicism for the new film “Father Stu,” released on April 13th. Wahlberg also made the film based on the true story of a boxer who was a priest.
The “Fighter” star told Entertainment Tonight that “Father Stu” is a turning point in his career.
“I feel like this is starting a new chapter for me in there, now, doing things like this [with] real stuff can help people, ”said Wahlberg. “I definitely want to focus on doing more. I would not necessarily say just faith based content but things that help people. “
He said, “I hope this film opens the door not only for me but for many others in Hollywood to produce more meaningful content.”
Wahlberg has called “Father Stu” the “dream role” he has chosen to do “God’s good work”. The “Uncharted” star also asked the Boston priest who supported real life Stuart Long to consult on the film.
Similarly, Wahlberg prefaced the true story of Joe Bell, a man who walked across the U.S. to speak out against homophobic bullying after his teenage son committed suicide. The anonymous film “Joe Bell” received mixed reviews from the Toronto International Film Festival in 2020, and a silent message the following year.
However, reflecting on his career as a whole, Wahlberg suggested that he may be stepping away from Hollywood “sooner rather than later, perhaps” to spend more time with him. his four children.
“It has to be something special that really makes me, you know, leave home, leave those people behind,” said the Wahlberg star, “because this is the biggest sacrifice that has ever been made. . “