It would be easy, even understandable, if Mark Wahlberg just worked on his handicap and coasted through the second half of his career. But that’s not in his nature. He keeps working, and work keeps him good.
Mark Wahlberg doesn’t really have a problem getting people to listen to him…most of the time. We’re high in the Hollywood Hills; crows circle overhead and L.A. seethes below on a near-100-degree day in October.
Wahlberg, 46, in dark jeans and Air Jordans and wearing a 16-karat gold cross, is trying to explain the per-square-foot cost of putting a family-owned Wahlburgers restaurant in Times Square when his phone rings. “It’s Ari. I’ve got to take it,” says Wahlberg, apologetically mentioning his agent, the real-life version of the character played by Jeremy Piven in the Wahlberg-helmed series Entourage.
I can only hear Wahlberg’s side. “Okay, is this gonna happen or is this an Ari special?” he asks with a sly grin.
“Well, good, I’m glad the mixing is going well, but that doesn’t mean take the foot off the pedal. Let’s push down on the gas…He’s good, but you have to push him…Ari, listen, I only got you for 30 seconds.
We’ve got to move from left field to right field.” Wahlberg sighs and looks up toward the crows. “When you know, call me back.”
He apologizes for the interruption and gets back to what we were talking about: how he keeps things fresh when he could be taking his foot off the gas.
He’s just finished his 43rd movie, the Ridley Scott–directed thriller All the Money in the World. “It’s work ethic, it’s something I’ve always had.” He mentions his four kids growing up in a much different world than his smash-and-grab Dorchester, Mass. “They’re only going to learn it if they see it from me.”
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