Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 April 2015

Mark Wahlberg: Changing my life was tough

Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg is pleased the people he should have looked to as role models when he was young were still there when he decided to change his life.

The Hollywood actor has enjoyed huge success over recent years, but only got into movie making after a troubled youth. He was involved with gangs and drugs and spent 45 days in prison for an assault on a Vietnamese man.

In his new movie Broken City he plays a private detective who has a difficult past and the role made him reflect on what he’s been through and the ways people can change

“There were moments when I knew I needed to get on the right course. Very sobering moments as a 17-year-old adolescent, hearing the jail door slam behind you; that’s a very sobering moment. I had a very specific moment when I knew I needed to change my life, but when you decide to change your life and actually doing it – that becomes a very challenging and uphill battle that you need to take on, on a day to day basis,” he told UK TV show Lorraine. “Thankfully, the people that I didn’t look to as being role models were still there. [The man who] ran the boys’ club… the parish priest… those were the heroes I should have been looking to. Unfortunately I was looking to the wrong people for role models and inspiration.”

Mark is happily married to model Rhea Durham and they have four children together. He’s previously admitted he doesn’t know when he will tell the kids about his past, although he does plan to do so.

At the moment he is focused on giving them the best start in life that he can; although he is adamant they won’t have a sense of entitlement.

“It’s the greatest accomplishment of my life. I have the most amazing wife and the most amazing children. But it’s also the most demanding role I’ll ever play – a husband and father. Between that and work and my faith, I’ve been very blessed,” he said.

“I’d like to give them all the things I didn’t have but I also want to make them understand how they’re going to appreciate that and that a lot of other people aren’t as fortunate as them.”

© Cover Media

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Nightlife Galleries


Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News


Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant


Pay no attention to irrational fears. If the odds are overwhelmingly in your favour, you should take a risk. Turn a deaf ear to news reports that try to create panic. Listening to such dire warnings will make you miserable. You're a born adventurer who wants to see the world. Venturing into unknown places gives you a thrill. You also enjoy competing. Although a superior rival might outperform you, that's a chance you're willing to take. People admire your bravery.More