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Mark Wahlberg Explains Why He Hoped God Would Forgive Him For Doing 'Boogie Nights'

Mark Wahlberg Explains Why He Hoped God Would Forgive Him For Doing 'Boogie Nights'
Updated 7 months ago

Actor Mark Wahlberg clarified remarks he made during an interview with Chicago Inc. in regards to the 1997 film Boogie Nights. During the discussion Wahlberg, a devout Catholic, was asked if there were any roles he's prayed for forgiveness over.

Wahlberg said he regretted taking the role:

I just always hope that God is a movie fan and also forgiving, because I've made some poor choices in my past. 'Boogie Nights' is up there at the top of the list.

Now the husband and father of four wants to clarify his remarks. Wahlberg doesn't regret making the film, but as an older, married father he wouldn't take on such a risqué role again. 

He explained his remarks to People Magazine, saying:

I was sitting in front of a couple of thousand kids talking about and trying to encourage them to come back to their faith, and I was just saying that I just hope he has a sense of humor because I maybe made some decisions that may not be okay with him.
So, I don’t want to compromise my artistic integrity or choices based on my faith or my family, but I also have other things to consider, and being a little bit older and a little wiser, the idea of having to explain that movie and the reason behind it to my kids is another issue.

Fans still love Boogie Nights, even if God might not:

Some fans thought Wahlberg had committed greater cinematic sins: