“When I heard the jail door closed Behind me I started praying right away”: Mark Wahlberg Made a Vow to Himself on His First Day in Prison

Mark Wahlberg Made a Vow to Himself on His First Day in Prison
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Actor Mark Wahlberg who is an accomplished actor in Hollywood at present, had a tumultuous childhood growing up in Boston, Massachusetts. The popular movie star did not have the right people to look up to when he was growing up and this led to him having many run-ins with the law and getting into legal trouble several times. There was one particularly vicious incident that completely changed his life and one that led to him ultimately deciding that he had to turn his life around.

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Mark Wahlberg was Convicted for Assault at Age 16

A young Mark Wahlberg
A young Mark Wahlberg

In 1988, 16-year-old Mark Wahlberg was convicted of assault charges for viciously beating two Vietnamese men and was sentenced to two years in prison. It was the first time that he was seriously facing jail time for the many offenses that he had committed in his youth. In an interview, he talked about his rough early days and how that particular conviction forced him to change his outlook towards life and turn things around. He said,

“My parents worked so hard just to provide and I had a lot of time to myself and most of that time I spent running around the streets getting a street education. I left school at an early age, I quit school at 13, ended up getting into a lot of trouble being incarcerated tried as an adult at 16-17 and that was a big wake-up call for me Father. So I decided you know what I needed to turn my life around…

He started to realize the enormity of his sins and decided that it was high time for him to change his course of life saying,

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“…when I heard the jail doors close behind me, I started praying right away. But I knew that was just the beginning for me because I knew I really wanted to turn my life around and I made a commitment at that day”

Wahlberg stuck to his commitment and worked hard to build a respectable image for himself and maintain a career as a successful actor in Hollywood.

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Everyone Deserves a Second Chance in Life

Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg’s story is a perfect case of individuals who made the best out of a second chance at life that has been given to them, similar to how Robert Downey Jr. turned his life from drugs to a successful respected life as an actor in Hollywood. Wahlberg had no proper guidance or an inspiring figure that would have guided him to a life of honor and integrity. Thus he was all alone, out in the streets of Boston where drugs, racism, and crime were highly rampant.

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By realizing his mistakes and surrendering to God, he has worked hard to change the rough image of his youth and focused on his career and living a life of respect and integrity. He has time and again expressed his regrets regarding the harm that he had caused in the past and hopes to make amends and asks for forgiveness from every person that he mistreated and physically abused during his tumultuous years.

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Mark Wahlberg Is a Changed Man

Mark Wahlberg in Father Stu
Mark Wahlberg in Father Stu

Mark Wahlberg has since gone on to become a successful actor in Hollywood starring in many acclaimed and award-winning films such as Boogie Nights (1997), The Departed (2006), The Fighter (2010), Lone Survivor (2013), and Patriots Day (2016) to name a few.

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He has been an ardent follower of Catholicism which has been a major contributor to his new outlook and change in life. He channeled his love for the Catholic faith in the biographical drama Father Stu (2022), playing the real-life priest Stuart Long who was a boxer-turned-Catholic priest.

Also read: “We all know it su*ked”: Mark Wahlberg Accused George Clooney and Brad Pitt of Lying to Fans and Media After Making a Horrible Movie

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Written by Rahul Thokchom

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Rahul Thokchom is a senior content writer at Fandomwire who is passionate about covering the world of pop culture and entertainment. He has a Masters Degree in English that contributes to the richness and creativity in his works.