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Wahlberg would auction off willy

Mark Wahlberg is astounded there is still so much interest in the fake penis he wore for 1997's Boogie Nights.

The 43-year-old actor starred as Eddie Adams/Dirk Diggler in the 1997 movie, with the character renowned for his lengthy member. It meant Mark had to wear a fake penis, and he still has the item at home - previously explaining he keeps the 13-inch appendage in his safe.

"You have this weird guy putting it on you. You have to wear it all day. There's not a way to go to the bathroom or anything like that. It was pretty weird," he told US talk show host Seth Meyers. "But it's actually the only prop I've ever kept from a movie. I didn't think there would be that much interest in it but maybe I can at some point sell it at auction for charity."

The fake penis has hit the headlines once again thanks to a feature on grantland.com about Boogie Nights. Mark remains astounded that anyone is that interested in the prop, although he's happy to talk about the process of creating it.

"I have to stand there and take off my clothes and the start sculpting this thing around you. It's very uncomfortable and very awkward. And the first time they did it they did the exact same specs, measurements, to what they thought John Holmes was like - for anybody who doesn't know who John Holmes is, he's a very famous porn star in the 70s - so this thing was like down past my knee," Mark recalled. "You'd sit down and the thing would bounce up. So the first one did not work, everybody thought it was ridiculous. I had to come out to set and show everybody, and I'm like, 'Oh my God.' Everybody's, 'Hey! Look at this thing! Come check this out, what do you think?' Then they had to modify it a little bit, it was pretty embarrassing."

The actor also touched on the upcoming Entourage movie, which is a big-screen version of the TV show based on his life. He is thrilled the flick has finally come to fruition, explaining he always knew the idea would be perfect for a movie. That led to him going to great lengths to see it made.

"Before anyone was in agreement that we were gonna make a movie I was telling people in the public that it was happening. I kind of willed it and pushed it up hill," he laughed.

"It's spectacular; it's going to be a huge hit in the summer."

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