Mark Wahlberg says he hopes God will forgive him for his turn as a porn star in PT Anderson's 1997 film Boogie Nights. Wahlberg told the Chicago Tribune ahead of an event with Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich on Friday that he hopes "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's prayed for forgiveness for any of his movies. Boogie Nights follows the career of Wahlberg's character, Dirk Diggler, through the porn industry in the 1970s and 1980s, the AP notes.
Wahlberg has talked frequently about his Catholic faith and hosted an event honoring Pope Francis during his US visit in 2015. Wahlberg jokingly asked the pope's forgiveness for the movie Ted at that event. At the Friday night gathering of 1,000 or so attendees, Wahlberg also talked about his own troubled past—he'd been been involved with gangs as a teen and was even jailed for a racist assault on a Vietnamese immigrant—and said he continues to "work hard on myself." He also notes he carves out time for early morning prayer by retiring at 7:30pm each night. "This is way past my bedtime!" he joked to the crowd.
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