Mark Wahlberg has come a long way since his days as a troubled street kid during the mid-80s. He developed a cocaine habit and spent 45 days in juvenile jail before age 16, but with the help of his brother Donnie Wahlberg of boy band “New Kids on the Block,” Mark Wahlberg completely turned his life around. After leaving jail, he decided to focus on music and achieved quite a bit of success as a rapper. He began acting in his early twenties and is now considered to be one of the most talented A-list actors in Hollywood. At 41, Wahlberg’s career is showing no signs of slowing down. He recently starred in multiple box-office hits, and he has multiple projects coming up in 2013 and 2014.
In 2012, Wahlberg stared in “Ted,” a raunchy comedy that was written and directed by Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy”). This blockbuster hit also starred Mila Kunis (“Friends with Benefits”), and is about a teddy bear that came to life as the result of a childhood wish. “Ted” went on to become the 12th highest-grossing movie in 2012 and the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time. In 2012, Wahlberg also starred in “Contraband,” an action thriller about a man who works hard to escape his criminal past but is forced to return to it when a drug lord threatens his family. “Contraband,” which also stars Kate Beckinsale (“Total Recall”) and Ben Foster (“The Messenger”), was also a hit at the box office and received great reviews by many prominent critics. In early 2013, the film “Broken City,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe (“Robin Hood”) was released. This crime thriller didn’t do well at the box office, but Wahlberg has quite a few movies coming up that are likely to make up for this box-office flop.
“Pain & Gain,” which stars Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson (“Fast Five”), and Ed Harris (“Game Change”) was released in late April 2013 and is already receiving rave reviews. This movie was directed by Michael Bay, who is the director of all movies in the “Transformers” series. This movie is based on a true story about two members of a prominent Miami, Florida, gang who were placed on death row due to their involvement in a string of kidnappings and brutal murders. “Lone Survivor” is another upcoming film starring Wahlberg, and it’s set to be released in November 2013. This film also stars Taylor Kitsch (“Snakes on a Plane”) and Eric Bana (“Star Trek”), and it’s a war drama based on a nonfiction book called “Lone Survivor” that was published in 2007.
“2 Guns” is another Mark Wahlberg film that’s set to be released in late 2013. This film also stars Academy Award winner Denzel Washington (“Training Day”) and is an action film about a Naval Intelligence officer and a DEA agent who are part of an elaborate scheme that was set up by the CIA. The two are forced to work together on a dangerous mission that’s designed to expose the CIA.
Wahlberg will also star in two films that are set to be released in 2014. “Transformers 4” is currently in the works, and this film is set to be released in July 2014. According to director Michael Bay, Shia LaBeouf, who played the lead role in the first three “Transformers” movies, won’t play a role in any future “Transformers” movies, and Wahlberg was cast to play the lead role in “Transformers 4.” He’ll play this role alongside Jack Reynor (“Dollhouse”), who was cast as the other male lead, and Nicola Peltz (“The Last Airbender”), who will play the female lead in this movie. “Ted 2” is also set to be released in 2014. Wahlberg will resume his role as the lead character John Bennett, and multiple members of the original cast are expected to return.
Aside from starring in an array of current and upcoming films, Wahlberg is also a philanthropist and an advocate for health and fitness. Wahlberg is the founder of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, an organization he established in 2001. This organization is still very active today, and it offers tutoring, after school care, summer enrichment programs, and college preparation courses to at-risk inner-city youth. Wahlberg served as a board member for Jerry Sandusky’s children’s charity “The Second Mile” for many years, but he immediately withdrew from that position after learning about Sandusky’s child sex abuse charges. Wahlberg also recently launched a line of nutritional supplements. These supplements are called “Marked,” and they can be purchased at GNC.