A-list Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg recently spoke at an event with the Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, and he talked about his faith to a group of young believers. Wahlberg had a lot to say about his past, and he hoped the young adults could learn from his mistakes.
“I feel remorse when I’ve made mistakes,” Wahlberg said. “If I could go back and change a lot of things that I did, I would. I look for ways to give back.”
He went on to talk about “bad decisions” he made when he was young. When he was 16 years old, Wahlberg was arrested and spent time in prison for an assault against a Vietnamese immigrant.
“When I heard the jail doors close behind me, I knew that was just the beginning for me,” he said. He hopes his story can help others from going down the same path that he did as a teen.
“I’ve never been shy about sharing my past and the bad decisions I’ve made and being affiliated with gangs, being incarcerated, so absolutely I think they can identify with me on a personal level, and that’s why I’ve continued to try to do as much as I can to help young people.”
Wahlberg also expressed regret for roles he played in movies early on in his career. “I just always hope that God is a movie fan and also forgiving because I’ve made some poor choices in my past.”
Wahlberg hopes that any troubled youths can get their lives turned around with the help of the church, just like he did.
“It’s one thing to give money or to start programs,” he continued, “but to be there and be able to talk to them, and tell them there is someone who has been through the same things they are going through and was able to turn their life around, and turn it into a big positive. That’s always important.”
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