“I also have other things to consider”: Mark Wahlberg is Ashamed of $43M Breakout Movie Because of His Kids Which Leonardo DiCaprio Considers as His Greatest Regret

“I also have other things to consider”: Mark Wahlberg is Ashamed of $43M Breakout Movie Because of His Kids Which Leonardo DiCaprio Considers as His Greatest Regret
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Mark Wahlberg is one of the few actors in this generation who can generate interest in a project based on his name alone. He has made a name for himself by working in different genres of films that have made him a versatile actor, making him one of the biggest and most renowned action and comedy stars of Hollywood. Wahlberg’s film decisions have nevertheless been quite interesting as he has worked on projects such as The Other Guys, Fear, Ted, Three Kings, and many more. 

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Mark Whalberg
Mark Wahlberg

While Mark Wahlberg has been part of many smash-hit projects it was his acting chops in Boogie Nights that showcased the world his true potential. The 1997 film made him a bonafide A-tier celebrity in Hollywood, but he feared that his iconic role as Eddie Adams later calling himself Dirk Diggler, he stressed that the role of a p*rn star would compromise his integrity as an artist to his children or other children.

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Mark Wahlberg Is Ashamed Of Boogie Nights  

Mark Wahlberg was the standout piece of Paul Anderson’s Boogie Nights, as he has been supported by extremely talented cast members such as Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, and many more. However, despite the success that put him in the limelight in Hollywood, he felt that his integrity as an actor was compromised because he did not want to take on roles that made him question his decisions.

Mark Wahlberg as Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights
Mark Wahlberg as Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights

He explained more about this in an interview with People via Variety, where he explains that despite massive success as an actor in Hollywood, he has made certain decisions that he is not at peace with.

“I was sitting in front of a couple of thousand kids talking about and trying to encourage them to come back to their faith, and I was just saying that I just hope [God] has a sense of humor because I maybe made some decisions that may not be okay with.”

A still from Boogie Nights
A still from Boogie Nights

He continued that he does not want to compromise “artistic integrity or choices based on my faith or my family,” but he does not want to explain the reason that made him do the project.

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“I don’t want to compromise my artistic integrity or choices based on my faith or my family, but I also have other things to consider, and being a little bit older and a little wiser, the idea of having to explain that movie and the reason behind it to my kids is another issue.” 

While Mark Wahlberg is ashamed of doing Boogie Nights because of the role he played in the film, he feared that the 1997 film would exploit him even more in the movie industry.

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Mark Wahlberg Feared Getting Exploited In Boogie Nights

Paul Anderson’s Boogie Nights was one of the most renowned films of 1997, and it remains one of the most successful films that Anderson and Wahlberg did together as it earned $43.1 million at the worldwide box office. During an exclusive interview with Cigar Aficionado for the September/ October issue, he stated that he feared that he would be exploited, and the script of the film was not very appealing to him either.

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“When I first heard about the film, the subject matter was not appealing to me. I came from the whole Marky Mark thing, pulling down my pants, Calvin Klein underwear — I didn’t know if this was just the next level of exploiting me, and now, all of a sudden, we have to lose the underwear.”

Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights
Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights

The Ted actor added that even though he was not interested in the film, his agent pushed him, and after reading the first 25-30 pages, he felt that the film could either be “something great, or this could be absolutely terrible.”

“My agents kept pushing me. So I read the first 25, 30 pages, and I kind of put it down. I was like, this could be something great, or this could be absolutely terrible.”

Well, the film turned out to be a massive hit launching Mark Wahlberg into Hollywood’s limelight, fast forward to 2023, and he has become one of the biggest stars of the movie industry which gets the fans excited with his memorable and iconic performances.

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Boogie Nights can be streamed on FuboTV.

Source: People via Variety

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Tushar Auddy, Junior Content Writer. He has been in the entertainment industry for 3 years and is always on the lookout for a captivating story. He is a student of Linguistics and currently pursuing his Master's degree in the same field. He has a passion for literature that runs deep and loves nothing more than getting lost in a novel for hours on end. When he isn't reading, you'll find him capturing the beauty of language.