Mark Wahlberg Says ‘Father Stu’ Is His ‘Most Important’ Film

Mark Wahlberg has starred in more than 50 films during his career, but his most recent role might be his most special yet.

When interviewing TODAY’s Willie Geist for an episode of Sunday Sitdown, Wahlberg called his upcoming movie, “Father Stu,” the “most important movie” he’s “ever made” in his lifetime. decades of career. The film, which premieres April 13, tells the story of a former Golden Gloves boxer who becomes an unlikely priest, a role that allowed Wahlberg to embrace his deep Catholic faith.

When asked what his children thought of the film, Wahlberg recalled the time he first showed his children. The ‘Uncharted’ star has four children with his wife of nearly 13 years, Rhea Durham: Ella, 18, Michael, 16, Brendan, 13, and Grace, 12.

“I remember trying to show my kids, oh my god,” he laughed as he spoke. “We were on vacation and we had a COVID thing, so we were kind of stuck in this little hotel anyway. And so I showed them and (Grace) just looked at me and she said, ‘Dad, this has got to be the most boring movie I’ve ever seen that’s ever been made.’

Wahlberg clarified that they were only halfway through the movie when she made such a bold statement, but because she’s only 12, he “let it slide.” The good news is that there was at least one fan in the family.

“But my wife was really emotionally moved,” he added.

Although his children didn’t fully appreciate “Father Stu”, he knows that his children are “secretly impressed” by his “work ethic”, adding: “And I have to be an example for them. I have to show them that dad is going to get up and do whatever he has to do. I am more motivated now and determined than I have ever been.

Wahlberg, who experienced his own share of personal turmoil and loss, can recognize clear parallels between his life and that of the late priest. In recent years, he says he’s worked on himself, his career, his family and his faith, but it’s been a long road to get to where he is today.

“I had many, many turning points, eye-opening experiences, you know, things that I learned that kind of touched me and helped me get to the position that I’m in now” , he explained. .

Telling Long’s story and making this movie was important to the actor, but shooting a movie in Hollywood is tough on its own. Wahlberg explained that it was even harder to get “Father Stu” due to the film’s subject matter, revealing that he actually financed the film himself with the help of some of his friends.

The 50-year-old actor has come a long way since growing up in Massachusetts where he was raised by a single mother, the late Alma Wahlberg, and eight siblings. Today, he acknowledges that he is “lucky and very blessed”, but acknowledges that not everyone has the same experience.

“But imagine what other people can do with a little encouragement, a little support, a little love, a little nudge and a second chance,” he said. “The world is hungry for great leadership, great examples, to bring people together.”

Discussing his career and mission as an actor, Wahlberg said, “I want to make movies that challenge me as an actor, that surprise audiences, that entertain people. I want to make people laugh. I want to make people cry.

Still, the actor says he feels he has a unique opportunity to do “much more” with his platform in order to help others.

“If people really recognize the power of film, then maybe these things will happen, you know?” Wahlberg told Willie. “We’ll see. But you know, again, if this movie does a lot and it does a lot of business, it’s going to do a lot for people and then we can do a lot with the success of the movie to help other people.

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