Actor Mark Wahlberg claimed that religion is not popular in Hollywood.
The movie star, best known for his films ‘Ted’ and ‘Boogie Nights’, is a devout Catholic and appeared on the American TV show ‘Today’ on Wednesday (February 22nd) with an ashen cross on his forehead. The cross marks Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent in the Christian calendar.
Wahlberg, 51,He told the show there was a balance between being a professional actor and trying to defend and spread the faith.
The former ‘Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’ musician, who transitioned to an acting career in the mid-90s, said, “I don’t want to strangle anyone, but I don’t deny my faith. This is an even greater sin,” he said. You know, it’s not very popular in my industry, but you know, I can’t deny my faith. It’s important to me to share this with people. I have friends from all walks of life and different faiths and religions, so you know, it’s also important to respect and honor them.”
Despite attempts to keep his faith and career separate, Wahlberg’s religion has often been featured in his acting work. In the past, she has expressed regret over her role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Boogie Nights’ and said that playing a porn star was not for her. religious values . He also apologized to Pope Francis at a meeting in 2015 for the vulgar language his character used in the R-rated comedy ‘Ted’.
In 2022, Wahlberg produced “Father Stu,” a drama that tells the true story of the late Stuart Long, an amateur boxer, and the late Stuart Long, a Catholic priest who suffers from a progressive muscle disorder.
Wahlberg explained that his commitment to ‘Today’ getting the cinema done has seen him spend “millions and millions” of his own money. However, the movie received mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes lists the movie’s approval rate as only 41%.
During the Today interview, Wahlberg admitted that his religious faith got in the way at times, and admitted that he had to move churches many times as members of the congregation continued to offer him cinematic ideas.
“I’m not in church looking for material. I’m trying to find some peace and quiet so I can pray,” she said.