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Mark Wahlberg says he hopes God will forgive him for 'poor choices' and 'Boogie Nights' role

Mark Wahlberg told the Chicago Tribune on Friday

Mark Wahlberg told the Chicago Tribune on Friday that he hopes "that God is a movie fan and also forgiving" because he says he's made "some poor choices" in the past. Credit: AP / Invision / Rob Grabowski

Mark Wahlberg, who topped this year’s Forbes list of the highest-paid actors, says if he could be forgiven for any of his movies, it wouldn’t be a Transformers film, “Daddy’s Home” or “Ted 2,” but rather the acclaimed “Boogie Nights,” in which he played a porn star.

“I just always hope that God is a movie fan and also forgiving, because I’ve made some poor choices in my past,” Wahlberg, a devoted Catholic, told the Chicago Tribune during an appearance with Cardinal Blase Cupich to help draw young people into the church. “ ‘Boogie Nights’ is up there at the top of the list,” the 46-year-old actor said of the 1997 film.

In writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s critical and commercial hit, also starring Heather Graham, Luis Guzman, William H. Macy, Julianne Moore and Burt Reynolds, Wahlberg plays Eddie Adams aka adult-movie star Dirk Diggler. From humble Hollywood dishwasher, “he falls immediately into star mode, and before long is leading a conducted tour of his new house, where his wardrobe is ‘arranged according to color and designer,’ ” Roger Ebert wrote in his review. Anderson was nominated for a Best Screenplay Academy Award, while Moore and Reynolds earned acting nods. Budgeted at an estimated $15 million, the film earned $45.1 million worldwide.

Wahlberg also spoke, as he has previously, of his time behind bars as a teen for a racially motivated assault on two Vietnamese men in Boston in 1988, hospitalizing one. Incarceration, the actor said, 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.”

He added, “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.”

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