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Mark Wahlberg: I caused horrible pain

Mark Wahlberg has spoken about "waking up sober" and realising how much pain he caused other people.

The 43-year-old actor has a chequered history, getting into trouble with police over 20 times when he was growing up. The most serious incident happened when he was 16 - he was charged with attempted murder following an attack on a Vietnamese man who was racially abused and punched so hard he was left blind in one eye. Mark pleaded guilty to assault and was sentenced to two years in a correctional institute.

Over the last week the star has hit the headlines after applying for a pardon for the crime. He has requested that from the Massachusetts Parole Board as he wants to become a Los Angeles Police Department reserve officer.

"I've worked extremely hard for the last 27 years since I woke up sober and realised the horrible mistakes I had made and the horrible pain I had caused so many people," he told New York Daily News. "Every single day I try to better myself as a person."

The star is known to have used narcotics as a teenager, and he was allegedly addicted to cocaine by the time he was 13.

He insists he has completely turned his life around now and hopes to inspire young people who feel trapped in lives of crime. Mark is a father of four and calls raising his children with his wife Rhea Durham his most important job.

"This is not something I just decided to do overnight, two years later, well I'm a big celebrity so I should feel like I can do whatever I want," he explained. "No, I've worked really hard to be a better person and to be a good influence on kids growing up in situations like mine.

"Whether it happens or not it won't change how hard I've worked at becoming a better person."

Mark also spoke about his request while promoting his new movie The Gambler, which is due out later this month. Talking to USA Today, he admitted the affect his actions had on "innocent people" and the "embarrassment" he'd caused his mother has weighed heavily on him.

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