Movie star Mark Wahlberg, a professing Roman Catholic, says he asked God to forgive him for some of his past movie roles, specifically the 1997 Oscar-nominated Boogie Nights where he played an up and coming porn star during the 1970s.
Speaking with Cardinal Blase Cupich in Chicago this past weekend to promote an event for helping Catholic youth, Wahlberg spoke about the depth of his conversion and how it has affected his movie career.
"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, according to the Chicago Tribune.
When asked if he ever asked for God's mercy regarding past movie roles, Wahlberg said: "Boogie Nights is up there at the top of the list."
Boogie Nights earned several Oscar nominations and arguably catapulted Wahlberg to success as a mature actor whose charisma could carry a movie. Following Boogie Nights, Wahlberg further solidified his acting creds with the critical and financial hit Three Kings.
During the interview with Cupich, Wahlberg spoke openly about his checkered past, which also involved some prison-time for assaulting a Vietnamese immigrant.
"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," the actor said.
Wahlberg hopes that his presence in young lives undergoing similar experiences will give them hope.
"It's one thing to give money, or to start programs," Wahlberg continued, "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."
"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," he said.
During a Facebook video message in 2016, Wahlberg stated that his Catholic faith affects everything he does in life, and has called for more vocations to the priesthood.
"In my daily prayers, I ask for guidance, strength in my vocation as a husband and as a father," Wahlberg said when addressing the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors in Boston."I want you to know my support for your work to foster vocations to the priesthood, because I want my children and future generations to have good priests in their lives, just like I had."
Wahlberg is also one of the few brave actors who has said that Hollywood is "out of touch" and should stop lecturing people about politics from their "bubble."
"You know, it just goes to show you that people aren’t listening to that anyway,” he said, referring to Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump. “They might buy your CD or watch your movie, but you don’t put food on their table. You don’t pay their bills. A lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble. They’re pretty out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for their family.”