Having enjoyed both movie and pop stardom, Mark Wahlberg formerly of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch knows the pros and cons of both. Surprisingly candid, he explains why he thinks musicians run amok with nary a raised eyebrow, while movie stars live under intense public scrutiny:
"I think people just expect [craziness] from guys in the music world," says Wahlberg, "and they don't expect much else. [But] a lot of guys who are movie stars are hiding who they really are. You know, they have this image and obviously it's helped them get to the position that they're in.
"But that's why the media is on them so much more they're constantly getting busted and really scrutinized for little things, and guys in the rock world get away with murder, just about."
Gracious and clean cut, the handsome actor has come far since his origins as bad-ass Calvin Klein model/hip-hopper "Marky Mark." His increased maturity is evident in the way he promotes his latest project, Rock Star (opening Friday). As a musician, he says, "you have a freedom that certainly, for me, led to trouble. So the discipline of [making movies] was very helpful to me in many ways." Cracking a smile, Wahlberg adds: "Obviously not today, because I was 20 minutes late [for this interview]! But, you know, 20 minutes is better than not showing up at all and just canceling things, like I used to do when I was in the music world."
feels very reminiscent of Boogie Nights
and not just because of those lurid orgy scenes. Both flicks effectively showcase Wahlberg's talent for playing the misguided naïf. "It's not something that I look for [in roles]," he says thoughtfully. "Maybe the filmmakers that I've worked with see an innocence in me. I just wish all the people that think that I'm such a bad guy would see the same thing."