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Mark Wahlberg Calls Fatherhood His ‘Most Important Role’
January 11, 2012
Mark Wahlberg has come a long way from his troubled past, morphing into one of the most successful actors in Hollywood today. However, the married father of four said in a recent interview that being a father has been his greatest job thus far. In an interview with NBC TODAY’s Matt Lauer, Wahlberg opened up to the host about fatherhood while promoting his action thriller flick Contrabrand.
"Usually my youngest son wakes me up about 5:30, drags me out of the bed," Wahlberg said, discussing his routine when off the set. "He wears a pull-up, but he doesn't like to pee in it. So I got to help him get the pull-up off to go to the bathroom. Then will sit down and watch cartoons and get a snack, and wait for the other kids to get up. The two boys like to beat me up, to put their masks on and beat me up. And then it's just a whole day with the kids.”
Wahlberg, a former Boston street tough, takes on his tasks as a father and spouse seriously given his turbulent past. “If I succeed as a businessman and I fail as a father, then it's all been for nothing," Wahlberg said. "That's by far the most important role that I'll ever play in my life is being a parent and a husband.”
Walhberg also mentioned in the segment that he’s undergoing a few life changes and wants to spend more time with his children, stating to Lauer that he intends to steer them away from the entertainment business. But first, the actor and budding film producer (“Boardwalk Empire”) is removing his tattoos and teaching a valuable lesson to his children in the process.
“They (the tattoos) all have meaning to me, but you know it's both personal and professional," the actor said. "I don't want to have my kids getting tattoos. I’m taking my two oldest kids with me to the procedure, where they can see how painful that is."
Contraband hits theatre this Friday (January 13).
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