Mark Wahlberg, Career Choices And Forgiveness

In response to recent remarks by the actor, today Calico looks at the list of roles played by Mark Wahlberg and wonders aloud whether he has cited the right one as being his most regrettable — and most urgent for which to ask God’s forgiveness. Does he really think he’ll be given a heavenly pass for those stupid Transformer films? And other than being a showcase for how cute Mini Coopers are, what real merit is there to “The Italian Job”?

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Read all about it in Calico’s latest post, “Mark Wahlberg, Career Choices And Forgiveness”.  Read on…

by Calico Rudasill,

I’ve always tried to be forgiving and understanding of the choices made by actors in terms of which film roles they accept. Everybody needs to eat, after all, and I’ve always heard turning down acting jobs is one good way to assure you’ll be offered fewer of them in the future.

If I were to ask for an apology from an actor though, I sure wouldn’t start by asking for one with respect to “Boogie Nights,” the 1997 film which took a fictional look back at the porn industry of the late 70s and early 80s.

Transformers Don’t Count As Graven Images?

Apparently, Mark Wahlberg feels differently, because he says he has asked none other than God himself for forgiveness over his turn as Eddie Adams, better known by the name the character adopts as a porn performer, Dirk Diggler.

“I just always hope that God is a movie fan and also forgiving, because I’ve made some poor choices in my past,” Wahlberg said during an appearance with Cardinal Blase Cupich.

Asked whether there were any specific films of his for which he’d asked the Lord’s forgiveness, Wahlberg said “Boogie Nights is up there at the top of the list.”

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Mark Wahlberg and the cast of Boogie Nights

Seriously? With a filmography which boasts multiple Transformers titles and the made-for-TV gem “The Substitute,” Boogie Nights is the movie on for which Wahlberg thinks he needs to make amends?

If I were God (something which, with the possible exception of my cats, I think we can all agree is not the case), I’d be much more likely to condemn Wahlberg (and perhaps Andre Benjamin, as well) for the cinematic turd which is “Four Brothers.”

And don’t even get me started on “The Perfect Storm,” a movie with at least one very misleading word in its title.

Lest We Forget, Sex Is Sinful, Violence A-OK

I assume the reason Wahlberg singled out Boogie Nights as a movie of which the Man Upstairs does not approve is its subject matter, not the production values. Admittedly though, looking back on the ending of the movie, I suppose that ludicrous, giant fake cock hanging between Walhberg’s legs might be enough to earn some celestial score.

This is one of the things which puzzles me about God as a movie critic – or God as the movie critic some of his socially conservative, earthly interpreters imagine Him to be, at least. Evidently, He thinks depictions of sex are an abomination, but graphic, wanton violence is just fine, maybe even Oscar-worthy.

As such, I doubt we’ll hear Walhberg ask for forgiveness over “The Fighter,” “Lone Survivor,” “Shooter” or “Max Payne” any time soon. (Judging by its awful reviews and meager box office performance, he might need to offer his fans and producers some apologies for that last one, but that’s a whole other kettle of terrible, video-game-based fish.)

Is He Praying On Behalf Of Roller Girl, Too?

I’m not the only one who thinks Wahlberg has no reason to apologize for Boogie Nights; another member of the cast doesn’t get it, either.

In a walk-by interview captured while he was on the move in an airport, William H. Macy seemed genuinely perplexed by Wahlberg’s retroactive Boogie Nights-misgivings, as did at least one of his fellow travelers.

“That was a great movie!” exclaimed a bystander in the security line as Macy is asked about Wahlberg’s apology for the film.

“I rest my case,” Macy said. “He doesn’t need forgiveness for Boogie Nights. It’s a great movie, it’s a moral movie.”

Still, Macy wouldn’t put it at the top of his own list of acting accomplishments, either.

“Is it your proudest movie?” the impromptu interviewer asks.

“No, I wouldn’t say that,” Macy responds – and understandably so, considering both Macy’s impressive acting resume and the rather pathetic nature of Little Bill as a character.

You know, I’d like someone to pose the same question to the actress who played Little Bill’s wife. After all, her list of film credits is longer than Macy and Wahlberg’s combined…

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