Mark Wahlberg has regrets in life — and apparently “Boogie Nights” is one of them.
“I just always hope that God is a movie fan and also forgiving, because I’ve made some poor choices in my past,” Wahlberg, 46, said at an event in Chicago with Cardinal Blase Cupich, according to the Chicago Tribune.
In Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 movie, Wahlberg played porn star Dirk Diggler who rose to fame in the ’70s before a drug-fueled downfall.
The movie earned three Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globe nominations, of which Burt Reynolds won for best supporting actor.
Mark Wahlberg wants forgiveness for his “Boogie Nights” porn star role.
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Outside of Hollywood, Wahlberg has a more serious transgression for which to repent: a near-fatal beating of a Vietnamese immigrant almost 30 years ago.
In April 1988, then-16-year-old Wahlberg beat Thanh Lam unconscious with a wooden stick. That same night, he attacked another Asian man, Hoa Trinh, while yelling racial slurs at him.
Trinh lost sight in his right eye.
“I just always hope that God is a movie fan,” the actor said.
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Charged with attempted murder, Wahlberg pleaded guilty to assault, was sentenced to two years and served just 45 days.
Now, he’s working with Chicago teenagers who find themselves in trouble.
“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,” he said, according to the Tribune.
“It’s one thing to give money, or to start programs, 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.”