Mark Wahlberg hopes God forgives him for ‘Boogie Nights’

In this June 20, 2017, file photo, Mark Wahlberg attends the U.S. premiere of "Transformers: The Last Knight" at the Civic Opera House in Chicago. Wahlberg told the Chicago Tribune on Oct. 20, 2017, that he hopes God will forgive him for his turn as a porn star in the 1997 film "Boogie Nights." (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — Mark Wahlberg hopes God will forgive him for his turn as a porn star in the 1997 film “Boogie Nights.”

Wahlberg told the Chicago Tribune ahead of an event with Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich on Friday (Oct. 20) that he hopes “that God is a movie fan and also forgiving” because he says he’s made “some poor choices” in the past. Wahlberg listed “Boogie Nights” when asked if he has prayed for forgiveness for any of his movies.

“Boogie Nights” follows the career of Wahlberg’s character Dirk Diggler through the porn industry in the 1970s and 1980s.

Wahlberg also touched on his troubled youth. Wahlberg spent time in jail for a racially motivated attack in 1988, when he was 16.

He told the Tribune that “the bad decisions” of his past may make it easier for youths dealing with violent crime in Chicago to relate to how he turned his life around.

“I feel remorse when I’ve made mistakes,” he later told the audience at the event. “If I could go back and change a lot of things that I did, I would. I look for ways to give back.”

Wahlberg has talked frequently about his Catholic faith and hosted a Philadelphia event honoring Pope Francis during his U.S. visit in 2015.

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  • Boogie Nights was one of his best films! His blank style of acting worked well for the role of hapless porn star.

    The film he really should be asking forgiveness for is Planet of the Apes.

  • According to film critic Robert Jeffress, God has forgiven Donald Trump and there is no reason he would not forgive Mark Walberg for Boogie Nights.

    According to music critic Robert Jeffers, God loves First Baptist Dallas rendition of Make America Great Agian and Marky Mark is going straight to hell.

  • Nah, those are truly the damned. Its one thing to try to kiss God’s posterior. Its quite another to do so in an embarrassing way. I forgive Kevin Sorbo for God’s Not Dead. His brief appearances on Supergirl almost made up for it.

  • The preceding comments trivialize unnecessarily the cinematic efforts of other artists, primarily on the basis of a differing world view, not artistic merit.

  • Untrue! I dare you to find artistic merits of Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes, God’s Not Dead and any film starring Kirk Cameron?

  • Marky, you don’t have to HOPE that god forgave you. All you have to do is click your heels together three times and SAY “Jesus has forgiven me.”

    Because as Jesus is my sock puppet, he always forgives Christians their sins. There isn’t an instance in recorded history where a Christian who asked for Jesus’s forgiveness didn’t receive it. not one.

    Just ask them.

  • That is an entirely subjective issue. One may disagree with the premises of an artistic effort, personally I find Picasso appalling, but others disagree. While I understand your own distaste for the message that Kirk Cameron brings to his films, many Christians enjoy them. Personally, I find Christian films with an apocalyptic theme questionable as far as certain pre-suppositions of the narrative are concerned, but I find the effort to encourage laudable. More interestingly, I am amused by your reference to Tim Burton’s film, that seems wide of the mark given the context of the other films you cited. Still, I’m no fan of Burton in any case…far, far, too dark and outre’ for me.

  • It’s not the message of Kirk Cameron films I find objectionable. Its the acting, story lines, and basic lack of desire to make things entertaining. Plenty of great movies, or even just watchable movies have terrible messages. They just deliver them well.

  • When one speaks of story lines and acting, I cannot help but reflect on what passes for entertainment in the American market today. Much of it is tasteless and insipid, not to say…wait a minute…AND to say, vulgar, cheap, and tasteless; yet the American public consumes vast volumes of it. I think that says as much about the audience as it does the actors. In Cameron’s case, it may be argued that his best acting was on whatever sitcom it was he grew up playing in. You may be right that he does not deliver his message well, but I think that to him the message is greater than the method. In that instance I agree with him.

  • Boogie Nights is the least of his worries… Marky Mark needs to do some serious penance for roughly 90% of his film career and 100% of his “musical” career. If I were not an atheist, I’d sincerely hope he burns in hell with the rest of the “Funky Bunch” for their crimes against music.