Actor Mark Wahlberg told a Chicago audience Friday night that he hopes God has forgiven him for some of the raunchier roles included in his film repertoire.
What did he say?
Wahlberg, speaking to Chicago, Inc., told the UIC Pavilion audience — as well as Cardinal Blase Cupich — that he felt remorse over some of his choices in movie roles.
“I just always hope that God is a movie fan and also forgiving, because I’ve made some poor choices in my past,” Wahlberg said.
When pressed for details, the Oscar-nominated actor pointed at "Boogie Nights" (1997), an R-rated film in which he played rising pornography star, Dirk Diggler.
"'Boogie Nights' is up there at the top of the list," Wahlberg said.
Why did he say this?
According to the Chicago Tribune, Wahlberg's appearance Friday opposite the cardinal was part of an effort to “to draw young people into the church.”
Wahlberg told Chicago, Inc., that he believed his spotty upbringing — which included trouble with the law — might be something to which troubled Chicago youth could relate. He added that with the church's help, he was able to turn his life around — something possible for those same Chicago youths.
"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," the 46-year-old Wahlberg said.
"It's one thing to give money, or to start programs," he added, "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."
In May, Wahlberg appeared on "Good Morning America," where he rehashed his appearance in the film and shot down any hopes for a role reprisal.
"I have four kids, I’ve got two daughters, I’m married and I try not to let that affect what I do as an artist," he said. “But being a dad, it’d be tougher to make that decision now."