Usually the idea of a pop star-turned-actor is enough to make you worry about the film industry. It's not very often that a pop star turns out to be one of the most bankable and dependable movie starts of a generation. Imagine if Justin Bieber was suddenly cast in the next Marvel movie? (Actually maybe it's just white rappers that transition so well.)
Mark Wahlberg proved everyone wrong. He dropped the Marky Mark moniker and quickly became one of the most in-demand actors in recent history. He showed he could be the teen heartthrob with depth (or homicidal tendencies) in Basketball Diaries and Fear. He grew into some really impressive work like Boogie Nights and The Perfect Storm. He became a full on action star with Italian Job and Shooter. Even Indies (I Heart Huckabees) and Scorsese films (The Departed) are in his wheelhouse. Plus, he's proven that the hard guy from Dorchester is also wicked funny with The Other Guys and Ted.
But who is Mark Wahlberg? We've poured through interview after interview for some of the best Wahlberg stories, compiling Mark Wahlberg trivia, quotes, anecdotes, and history. Consider this your own personal Wahlberg Wiki page! Check out the Mark Wahlberg biography below and vote up the facts you find most interesting! And if you're a fan, cast your vote in our Mark Wahlberg movies list.
He Has a Long-Running Deal with Matt Damon
For some reason people tend to confuse Matt Damon with Mark Wahlberg. They've both agreed that whenever someone thinks they're the other, they have to be on their very best behavior so as to not ruin either reputation. Matt will even sign autographs "Mark Wahlberg" and Mark will sign "Matt Damon."Source: BostonMagazine
He Was the Original Choice for Two Iconic Roles
Mark Wahlberg has dropped out of two iconic roles in hugely influential films. He was originally cast as Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain. (The role that eventually went to Heath Ledger, earning him his first Oscar nomination). He was also cast as Linus in the Ocean's films. (The role the eventually went to Matt Damon, we guess they really wanted a Boston boy.)Source: Google Books - Mark Wahlberg Biography Series
He Received His High School Diploma in 2013
In a continued effort to right the wrongs he made as a kid, Mark Wahlberg got his high school diploma in June of 2013. Having dropped out when he was just 14, it took him until 41 to hit the books. He credits his kids with the inspiration to finally do it. "I didn't want the kids saying, 'You didn't do it, so why do I need it?' They are all wanting to do things in their future that require an education."
He may even continue his education: "I would love to go to USC and study film. I don't want to become a veterinarian or anything, [I want to study] things that further my career and broaden my horizon."Source: People.com
He Made a Workout Video in the Marky Mark DaysVideo: YouTube
Mark Wahlberg went in to prison a scrawny kid, but worked out hard for nearly two months to pass the time. It's no wonder he went on to become famous for posing in his underwear, become an action star, and start a line of workout supplements. It's also no surprise that at some point in the early days, he made a super '90s workout video. It's wonderful. POW!Source: Youtube