Mark Wahlberg Sounds-Off on Hollywood’s Impact on the Presidential Election
He has made more than 30 movies, but for Boston native Mark Wahlberg, playing a cop hunting down the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in “Patriots Day” may be his most personal film ever. Mark and director Peter Berg recently sat down with “Extra's” Renee Bargh to promote the film.
Along with chatting about the movie, the Hollywood heavyweight also talked about the shocking results of the election. “I just think people were so surprised at the outcome of the election, that Hollywood just seems to be living in a bit of a bubble. I think they're a little disconnected with what real people are dealing with and facing. Despite the fact that people may want to buy your album or go to your movie, it doesn't mean they're necessarily going to listen who you tell them to vote for because you don't put food on their table.”
He added, “If you have a platform, you should definitely put it to good use, it's just that people were shocked. Well, you don't know what's going on in Middle America — it's very different from Hollywood.”
With his new movie, Mark is looking to spread a message of love and hope. "This is my home, these are my friends and family and community, neighbors.” He continued, “I was devastated when this [bombing] happened, but I was also extremely inspired and so proud to be a Bostonian when I saw how people reacted and responded to this horrific tragedy.”
Peter, who has worked with Mark on numerous films, explained why he was the best choice for the role of Sgt. Tommy Saunders. “He really came up in a pretty rough environment… He understands life, he understands the good, the bad. It's a pleasure to work with him.”
Mark just wrapped the next installment of “Transformers,” and is more than ready for a break to celebrate the holidays with his wife Rhea and their children. The family is about to go on a little holiday vacation. “Hopefully, not so many gifts this year — we got to keep that to a minimum, and we gotta use that whole 'naughty or nice' system.”