MARK WAHLBERG

Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - WALTER SCOTTS PERSONALITY -

Af­ter go­ing for laughs in Ted 2 and Daddy’s Home, the na­tive Bos­to­nian, 45, shows his se­ri­ous side in Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon, in the­aters Sept. 30, about the real-life 2010 oil rig ex­plo­sion off the coast of Louisiana that killed 11 crew­men and cre­ated the worst oil spill in U.S. his­tory.

Why was it im­por­tant for you to make this movie?

All the im­ages that I saw from the ac­tual event had to do with the en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter, which is hor­ri­ble. But peo­ple lost their lives. I wanted to make sure that we hon­ored those men and their loved ones. Th­ese guys do a very dan­ger­ous job. A lot of peo­ple aren’t aware of what they sac­ri­fice to pro­vide re­sources for us.

Next for you is Pa­tri­ots Day (Jan. 13), about the Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing. Do you play an­other real-life char­ac­ter?

I play a com­pos­ite char­ac­ter be­cause there were mul­ti­ple po­lice of­fi­cers and other law en­force­ment agen­cies in­volved.

What role does faith play in your daily life?

It keeps me fo­cused, pa­tient, calm, happy and gives me joy. I start and end my day in prayer. It keeps me grate­ful, hum­ble, hun­gry, com­mit­ted to try­ing to do more and be more pos­i­tive. It is the rea­son for ev­ery­thing good in my life.

Are you still plan­ning to re­tire at 50?

I cer­tainly want to slow down. I am work­ing at a pretty fast and in­tense pace. The plan is to fo­cus on the next five years and then fig­ure out what I want to do and what makes the most sense for me and my fam­ily.

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