Hollywood icon Mark Wahlberg recently sat down for an exclusive interview with Cigar Aficionado, where he delved into his past, present, and future in the entertainment industry. The 52-year-old actor, producer, and entrepreneur expressed his thoughts on the sustainability of his current pace in acting and hinted at possible new directions in his career.
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Wahlberg, a father of four with his wife Rhea Durham, acknowledged that he is currently working harder than ever before. He candidly shared his doubts about how much longer he can maintain this intense work schedule. He emphasized that certain businesses allow for building, passing on, or exiting, and he is considering the future, particularly in terms of his children’s interests. While he didn’t provide a specific timeline, Wahlberg hinted that he might not continue acting at his current pace for too much longer, citing the considerable challenges that come with it.
In recent years, Wahlberg has been on a prolific acting spree, starring in a series of films that include “Me Time,” “Father Stu,” “Uncharted,” “Infinite,” “Joe Bell,” and “Spenser Confidential.” He also has an impressive lineup of upcoming projects such as “Arthur the King,” “The Union,” “The Family Plan,” “Flight Risk,” and “The Six Billion Dollar Man.” During the interview, he touched on his dedication to family, the role of faith in his life, and the strategic move of becoming a producer to diversify his Hollywood portfolio.
Wahlberg explained that his decision to venture into producing was born out of necessity. He didn’t want to be at the mercy of more established actors like Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, or Leonardo DiCaprio, waiting for them to pass on roles that he believed were a good fit for him. Instead, he took a proactive approach, actively seeking out projects that he could produce and that aligned with his vision, thus taking control of his destiny in the industry.
Looking ahead, Wahlberg hinted at the possibility of stepping into the director’s chair. He expressed interest in collaborating with other talented individuals, including the emerging generation of filmmakers. While he contemplates his future in acting, he remains deeply engaged in expanding his business empire, which notably includes the tequila brand Flecha Azul.
Wahlberg also shared some personal insights into his career, reminiscing about his initial hesitations regarding the role of Dirk Diggler, a porn performer, in Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 film “Boogie Nights.” He was initially unsure about the film’s subject matter, given his previous career as Marky Mark and his association with Calvin Klein underwear. However, with the encouragement of his agents and after delving further into the script, Wahlberg recognized the project’s potential for greatness and ultimately embraced the role.
Mark Wahlberg’s interview with Cigar Aficionado provides a comprehensive look into his evolving career, future aspirations, and the pivotal decisions that have shaped his journey in Hollywood.