Mark Wahlberg spoke with ‘Faithwire’ ahead of the premiere of his new movie “Father Stu.”
The actor ripped into the cancel culture, using his film’s message of grace and redemption to demonstrate how harmful it is.
Wahlberg’s film was a true labor of love for him, as he is strongly committed to his Catholic religion. Although it contains a significant amount of religious content, Wahlberg claims that the film is suitable for all audiences.
“Father Stu” tells the true stories of Stuart Long, an amateur boxer turned wanna-be actor turned Catholic priest.
Long became a priest just four years before dying of a degenerative muscle disease at the age of 50.
Wahlberg said, on the topic of cancel culture and the need for grace.
“This movie has a very clear message that we are not going to give up on people. We are not going to turn our backs on people because of mistakes that they’ve made. We are going to tell people and encourage people that nobody is beyond redemption and that we support you, we love you, we accept you for who you are.”
“You cannot give up on people. And people are so quick to turn their backs on people. And negativity as a whole has just been amplified in a way that it’s really hard to remind people of the importance of loving and supporting people. People can do incredible things,” he continued.
He said he sees some parallels between his life and Long’s because as a younger man, Long made poor choices and was tested by injury and failure.
“Obviously, having a troubled past and really turning to God and to my faith to find direction, and to really turn my life around,” Wahlberg said.
Wahlberg also said he was determined to tell Father Stu’s story because of the universal message it shares.
“It’s about tough mercy and tough grace, but ultimately it’s a very uplifting and inspiring story,” he said.
“If this is a movie that really changes people’s lives and motivates them and inspires them to do great things — you know, all I really gotta do is convert one person, and I get to go through the pearly gates. So If I can continue to do that in a major way, remaining humble and just doing it for all the right reasons, then I would much rather have that be my legacy than being the biggest box office star in the world. I would like to have a legacy that I had a positive impact on some people,” Walberg stated.