- Mark Wahlberg, a Hollywood A-lister, is considering retiring from his acting career.
- Wahlberg started acting at a young age and has since become one of the most popular actors in Hollywood.
- While he has been busy with numerous projects, Wahlberg acknowledges that he cannot maintain his current pace for much longer.
Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg may be nearing the end of his acting career. While he has seen himself become a major Hollywood A-lister and sought-after star in recent years, the actor is already thinking about retirement. Born in 1971 in Boston, Wahlberg is the youngest of nine children, and began acting with only 22 years old. In 1993, he had his first three roles, one in the television movie The Substitute, the sitcom Out All Night and in The Ben Stiller Show. In 1994, he made the leap to the big screen with Renaissance Man, and would not return to television until 2004 with Entourage, where he played himself.
In 1995, he starred along Leonardo DiCaprio in The Basketball Diaries, but it was in 1997 when he would have his big break in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights. Since then, Wahlberg has become one of the most popular actors in Hollywood, appearing mainly in dramas such as Invincible and The Fighter, as well as action films such as the Transformers saga. However, he has also shown his skills in comedy, family stories, and more.
In recent years, Wahlberg has stayed very busy, participating in many tentpole projects. However, the actor assures that he will not be able to maintain that pace for long. Speaking with Cigar Aficionado (via The Hollywood Reporter), Wahlberg reflected on the future of his career:
“Well, I’m certainly working harder now than ever. Certain businesses, you kind of build them, pass them on or you exit. Hopefully my kids, we’ll see what their interests are, but I don’t think that I’ll be acting that much longer at the pace I am now. That’s for sure. Because that’s the most difficult thing.”
Mark Wahlberg Didn’t Want to Produce but Felt He Had To
Like many other actors, Wahlberg has tried different facets within the industry, becoming a producer on several of the projects in which he himself starred. However, in his case, it was out of necessity and not because he really wanted to do it:
“I started becoming a producer out of necessity. I didn’t want to sit around waiting for Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise or whoever was already established before me and were the guys at the time, and Leo [DiCaprio] to go and pass on a movie until I could get my hands on it. I was always proactive in trying to find material and things that I could produce, that I knew was right for me, create my own destiny.”
The actor’s latest credits include the Netflix comedy Me Time, in which he starred alongside Kevin Hart; the religious drama Father Stu, based on the true story of a former boxer turned into a priest; and the movie adaptation of Uncharted, starring Tom Holland.
While he may be hinting at retirement, Mark Wahlberg has several projects currently in the pipeline, including Simon Cellan Jones’ Arthur the King, in which he will star alongside Marvel Studios’ star Simu Liu; Our Man from Jersey also starring Halle Berry; and the action comedy The Family Plan, also directed by Cellan Jones.