In a world full of Lena Dunhams, Amy Schumers, and Katy Perrys who spout off their opinion on everything from politics to the patriarchy, it’s refreshing to have someone like Mark Wahlberg.
During a luncheon to promote his new film Patriot’s Day, the actor was asked if he talked about politics. “No,” said the former rapper and that other celebrities shouldn’t either, reported the website Task and Purpose on Tuesday.
“A lot of celebrities did, do, and shouldn’t,” Wahlberg said to Task and Purpose, a website dedicated to veterans.
“You know, it just goes to show you that people aren’t listening to that anyway,” Wahlberg continued. “They might buy your CD or watch your movie, but you don’t put food on their table. You don’t pay their bills. A lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble. They’re pretty out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for their family. Me, I’m very aware of the real world. I come from the real world, and I exist in the real world. And although I can navigate Hollywood and I love the business and the opportunities it’s afforded me, I also understand what it’s like not to have all that.”
Patriot’s Day depicts the Boston Marathon bombing and is the third and final film Wahlberg is making with director Peter Berg dealing with everyday heroism. The other two are Deepwater Horizon and Lone Survivor.
Remind me to always support Mark Wahlberg’s work. This is the guy who shut down Kanye West after his idiotic comment saying that his job is like that of a soldier. Wahlberg, having done films like Lone Survivor which tells the story of one Navy Seal’s survival in an operation that got his entire team killed, and then some… understands that soldiers don’t get to go home to their wife and kids at night. He understands that his story of rags to riches isn’t the norm. He understands that being humble is important in his line of work.
Nevertheless, he’s one of the few celebrities who gets it. I will be filming a video about these Hollywood know nothings very soon. Count Wahlberg as one that has my support and one that we need to encourage.