Actor Mark Wahlberg wants to start “a new chapter” of his career. “I definitely want to focus on making more.
I wouldn’t say necessarily just faith-based content but things that will help people… to make more meaningful content,” he told “Entertainment Tonight” earlier this year.
Wahlberg was referring to “Father Stu,” a passion project of sorts that told the story of Stuart Long, an agnostic boxer from Montana that converted to Catholicism and became a priest.
Wahlberg revealed in an interview that he had financed the project himself. “It was also the best way to make the movie without any kind of interference,” Wahlberg said about his reasoning.
Wahlberg described how Father Stu resonated with him as a flawed person in need of redemption.
When asked what his kids thought about his project, Wahlberg joked that they thought he was crazy and boring. Joking aside, Wahlberg said, “But they know that dad can’t start the day without being in prayer, can’t start the day without reading my Scripture or going to Mass.
And hopefully, instead of forcing that on them, they’ll say, ‘Well, if it works for dad, maybe it’ll work for us,’ and they’ll kind of gravitate toward it on their own.”
Wahlberg’s move to “Father Stu” was very different from his usual headlining of action and comedy movies. Throughout the years, the actor has openly discussed his faith and the way that has impacted his life.
In 2018, he revealed his daily routine, waking up at 2:30 in the morning and starting “prayer time” at 2:45.
He referred back to his routine in 2020 on the podcast “Tuff Juice with Caron Butler” saying, “Faith is the most important thing … That’s how I start my day every day.
“[Father Stu] has a very clear message that we are not going to give up on people. You cannot give up on people.
And people are so quick to turn their backs on people. And negativity as a whole has just been amplified in a way that it’s really hard to remind people of the importance of loving and supporting people. People can do incredible things.”