Between his origins as a musician with Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch and his extensive, Oscar-nominated acting career, chances are at some point you’ve been familiar with Mark Wahlberg’s work.
The brother to New Kids On The Block performer Donnie Wahlberg got his start a little bit later than his brother, but has without a doubt had the more illustrious career. With prolific roles in movies like Three Kings, The Departed, The Fighter, and Lone Survivor, as well as roles in massive blockbuster franchises like Transformers, we love his roles and can usually forgive him for showing up in The Happening. Usually.
However, one movie that’s pretty much ubiquitous with Wahlberg’s Hollywood career is Boogie Nights. Directed by superstar filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, There Will Be Blood), Boogie Nights was Wahlberg’s big break into movies, where he played Dirk Diggler, a young up-and-comer (no pun intended) in California’s pornography scene in the early 80s.
Featuring an all-star cast of not only Wahlberg, but Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, John C. Reilly, Don Cheadle and Heather Graham, the movie was a critical darling and received three Oscar nominations, including Best Writer (Anderson), Best Actor (Reynolds), and Best Actress (Moore).
You’d think that Wahlberg would have fond memories of his big break coming from such a beloved movie, but it turns out he might have some problem with it, and people have been commenting on that fact…