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Mark Wahlberg Admits He Prayed To God For Forgiveness For Accepting Role

Apparently, Mark Wahlberg prayed to God for forgiveness for his starring role in “Boogie Nights,” a 1997 movie about a young man who achieves fame as a porn star.

At the end of October, the staunchly-Catholic Wahlberg spoke at (re)ENCOUNTER, a Chicago event meant to help young Catholics engage with their faith in a youth-centered setting. At the appearance, he told reporters from the Chicago Tribune, “I just hope that God is a movie fan and also forgiving because I’ve made some poor choices in my past.” When he was asked if he’d prayed for forgiveness for any of his movies, he specified, “Boogie Nights’ is up there at the top of the list.”

Wahlberg was attending the event, put on by Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, to help the young people present avoid making some of the mistakes he made in the past. The actor, who dropped out of school and was arrested as a teen for a racist assault on a Vietnamese-American man, believes that his story might be able to help teens struggling to leave a life of violent crime.

“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,” he  told the Tribune. “It’s one thing to give money, or to start programs, 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.”

According to Wahlberg, religion was a big part of why he was able to put his own difficult youth behind him. He described being jailed as a teen as “a big wake-up call,” adding, “A lot of people go to God when they get into trouble. When I heard the jail doors close behind me … I knew that was just the beginning for me.”

Although his difficult teen days are long behind him, Wahlberg still said that every day is a “process” towards being the person he wants to be. He also said that it’s important for him to start every day by “getting on my hands and my knees and starting a time of prayer and reading, reading Scripture.” He added, “Then I feel like I can go out there and … give back because I’ve been blessed so much.”

Alas, there is still no word on whether or not the movie star wants God to forgive him for his performance in The Happening.

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