Reason Mark Wahlberg Almost Passed On Boogie Nights

Posted 2017/05/04 0 0

Boogie Nights was an important movie for Mark Wahlberg’s acting career, but he nearly passed on it for a specific reason.


This coming October, Dirk Diggler, Rollergirl and the rest of the “Boogie Nights” gang will celebrate 20 years in the cinematic history books. The Paul Thomas Anderson-led project came out in 1997 and featured icons like Burt Reynolds as well as future Oscar-winners like Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour Hoffman. But Anderson also took a chance on a relatively unknown young actor by the name of Mark Wahlberg when he made his now-classic film.

At the time of the movie's release, Mark Wahlberg was best known as Marky Mark, a pop singer and Calvin Klein underwear pitchman, but he had started branching out into acting in the early 1990s with roles in Renaissance Man, The Basketball Diaries and Fear, before his breakout role in 1997's Boogie Nights. According to the actor, he almost didn't take the role. In fact, at first, he even refused to read the script for one important reason.

ABC News caught up with Mark Wahlberg, who said when he was first approached with the role of Dirk Diggler, he wouldn't read the script because it was about the adult film industry. Eventually, he changed his mind, but he still wasn't sure about the story. Here's what he had to say about refusing to read the script.

"I wouldn't even read the script because I was turned off by the subject matter. Then you start hearing from everybody in town, 'No, no, you have to read this thing.' Finally, I reluctantly picked it up, read 35 pages, put it down and said, 'This could be really good or it could be really bad.'"

The actor decided to watch some of Anderson's previous work. Then, after meeting him in person, Wahlberg said he was immediately on board.

"I had to read with John C. Reilly, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Thomas Jane. [Anderson] offered me the part right in the room. [I] would always be on set, whether I was shooting or not, just trying to learn from people."

Boogie Nights proved to be a landmark film for Mark Wahlberg, as it launched him into movie stardom and proved his credentials as a leading man. After “Boogie Nights,” Wahlberg went on to star in films like “Rock Star,” “The Departed,” “The Fighter,” and, as of late, the “Transformers” franchise. He has also worked as a producer. The latest installment of "Transformers," titled “The Last Night,” hits theaters on June 23. That's certainly a movie his kids can enjoy, he said.