Mark Wahlberg says he’s prayed for God’s forgiveness for ‘Boogie Nights’

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What You Need To Know About Mark Wahlberg

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Mark Wahlberg hopes God will forgive him for his role as a porn star in the 1997 film “Boogie Nights.”

Wahlberg told the Chicago Tribune ahead of an event with Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich on Friday that he hopes "that God is a movie fan and also forgiving" because he says he's made "some poor choices" in the past. Wahlberg listed "Boogie Nights" when asked if he has prayed for forgiveness for any of his movies.

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“Boogie Nights” follows the career of Wahlberg’s character Dirk Diggler through the porn industry in the 1970s and 1980s.

Wahlberg also touched on his troubled youth. Wahlberg reportedly spent 45 days in prison for assaulting two Vietnamese men in 1988, when he was 16. In 2014, he sought a pardon for the assaults, but dropped the request two years later. When he was 15, he reportedly used racial slurs while harassing black children, and was let off with a warning in civil court.

He told the Tribune that his bad decisions in the past may make it easier for youths dealing with violent crime in Chicago to relate to how he turned his life around.

“I feel remorse when I’ve made mistakes,” he later told the audience at the event. “If I could go back and change a lot of things that I did, I would. I look for ways to give back.”

Wahlberg has talked frequently about his Catholic faith and hosted a Philadelphia event honoring Pope Francis during his U.S. visit in 2015.

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