Hollywood A-lister Mark Wahlberg sat down recently with Task and Purpose, a website geared toward American veterans. Having previously starred in the critically acclaimed "Lone Survivor" in 2013 and headlining the upcoming movie about the Boston Marathon bombing, "Patriots Day," Mark Wahlberg has not shied away from drawing attention to political events.
When Wahlberg spoke with Task and Purpose during a luncheon last week, he was asked about all the actors and Hollywood celebrities who were quick to speak out against President-elect Donald Trump.
Wahlberg said, "A lot of celebrities did, do, and shouldn't."
"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," Wahlberg continued.
He added, "Me, I’m very aware of the real world. I come from the real world and I exist in the real world. And although I can navigate Hollywood and I love the business and the opportunities it’s afforded me, I also understand what it’s like not to have all that.”
Wahlberg also touched on the country's attitude toward police, saying, "Look, when I was doing the wrong thing, I certainly didn’t like the police. But I like the relationship that I have with them now. I also know that I’m doing the right thing.”
"Patriots Day" centers around a fictional character, Sergeant Tommy Saunders, a Boston police officer who works the finish line of the Boston Marathon and has to deal with the aftermath of the 2013 terrorist bombing, which killed four people. It opens in theaters December 21 nationwide
When speaking about his upcoming film and the heroism of law enforcement officers, Wahlberg said, "The overall purpose of police and military is protect us. It’s an amazing thing, and every chance I get I want to thank them for their service."