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  • Mark Wahlberg tells "out of touch" celebs to shut up about politics






    Actor Mark Wahlberg believes his fellow celebrities should stick to entertaining Americans and stop trying to push their politics on the country.

    “A lot of celebrities did, do, and shouldn’t [talk about politics], Wahlberg told Task & Purpose, a news and analysis outlet geared toward American service

    During a press event for his upcoming thriller Patriots Day, about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Wahlberg was asked about the seemingly endless number of celebrities who bashed President-elect Donald Trump before the election.

    “You know, it just goes to show you that people aren’t listening to that anyway,” the actor told the outlet. “They might buy your CD or watch your movie, but you don’t put food on their table. You don’t pay their bills.”

    “A lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble,” says Wahlberg, who has acting credits that date back to the early 90’s and has produced and starred in some of the most successful TV shows and blockbusters of the last to decades.

    “They’re pretty out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for their family,” he said. “Me, I’m very aware of the real world. I come from the real world and I exist in the real world. And although I can navigate Hollywood and I love the business and the opportunities it’s afforded me, I also understand what it’s like not to have all that.”

    Wahlberg is certainly no stranger to politically-charge movie roles. He played former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell in Lone Survivor (2013), and Mike Williams, an oil rig worker and survivor of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, in Deepwater Horizon (2016).

    Wahlberg says Patriots Day, much like the aforementioned roles, will remind people how special and great America’s people, police and military members truly are.

    “I definitely think the film is going to bring people together,” Wahlberg said. “It will give people an added boost and a reminder of what a great country we do have and how amazing people are. People really dedicated their lives to serving our country and our communities, and we need to honor that. The overall purpose of police and military is protect us. It’s an amazing thing, and every chance I get I want to thank them for their service.”

    Patriots Day opens in theaters on January 17. The film is directed by Peter Berg and stars Melissa Benoist, Mark Wahlberg, and Michelle Monaghan.

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    1. Poly's Avatar
      Poly -
      Yes, shut up Meryl et al.

      Meryl Streep says if you take away Hollywood all you'd have left is NFL and MMA.

      Guess she thinks threatening us with taking away fake people and leaving us with real ones is supposed to scare us. Bring it on!

      "Be nice or we'll take our ball and go home!!"

      See ya!
    1. Poly's Avatar
      Poly -
      Tony tells it like it is.
    1. JPPT1974's Avatar
      JPPT1974 -
      I have not watched an awards show in like forever. But really I would only watch them for entertainment. There is a time and place for entertainment and politics. Both worlds do not mix.
    1. Town Heretic's Avatar
      Town Heretic -
      Reading Wahlberg I'm struck by the exceptional...the exception he apparently gives himself and the exceptionally high opinion he has of himself, the multi millionaire who can "navigate" Hollywood but somehow, despite speaking his mind publicly while being insulated by great wealth and privilege, remains "very aware of the real world" in which he (and not those like him in every other respect but his political philosophy) remains rooted.

      Well, as they say in Mississippi, don't that just beat the tune off a banjo.
    1. Sherman's Avatar
      Sherman -
      Meryl Streep needs to put a sock in it already.
    1. ok doser's Avatar
      ok doser -
      Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post
      Reading Wahlberg I'm struck by the exceptional...the exception he apparently gives himself and the exceptionally high opinion he has of himself, the multi millionaire who can "navigate" Hollywood but somehow, despite speaking his mind publicly while being insulated by great wealth and privilege, remains "very aware of the real world" in which he (and not those like him in every other respect but his political philosophy) remains rooted.

      Well, as they say in Mississippi, don't that just beat the tune off a banjo.




      Wahlberg:
      “They’re pretty out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for their family,” he said. “Me, I’m very aware of the real world. I come from the real world and I exist in the real world. And although I can navigate Hollywood and I love the business and the opportunities it’s afforded me, I also understand what it’s like not to have all that.”




      wiki:
      Mary Louise Streep was born on June 22, 1949 in Summit, New Jersey,[10] the daughter of Mary Wolf Wilkinson (1915–2001), a commercial artist and art editor; and Harry William Streep Jr. (1910–2003), a pharmaceutical executive.[11]



      wiki:
      Wahlberg was born in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, the youngest of nine children,[2] including actor Robert and actor-singer Donnie. His mother, Alma Elaine (Donnelly), was a bank clerk and a nurse's aide, and his father, Donald E. Wahlberg, Sr., was a delivery driver




      BAM!


      right on your pants!
    1. Town Heretic's Avatar
      Town Heretic -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sherman View Post
      Meryl Streep needs to put a sock in it already.
      Doesn't move me one way or the other, but I didn't hear the hard right socking it overly much. If the left had to hear the gnashing of teeth, the questioning of their candidate elects faith, character, and even nationality, I can understand them being in the mood to give a bit of that back. I don't think it will accomplish much. Most people see it the way they're going to and absent tremendous success or abject failure on the part of the incoming administration I suspect that's not going to move the margins.

      I'm not particularly interested in the politics of an artist. I like Tom Selleck and I like Streep. I'll watch most of what they're in, but it has nothing to do with what they advocate off the screen. Happily, I don't know what the ideological leanings are of most of the people whose television and film work is on my watch list. And those I do, like Streep and Selleck, aren't going to influence me because they're successful at their craft.
    1. aCultureWarrior's Avatar
      aCultureWarrior -
      Now now Marky Mark, be nice to your fellow democrats.

      Wahlberg is a supporter of the Democratic Party, having donated all of his campaign contribution money to Democratic presidential candidates. He voiced support for Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential re-election campaign.[78]
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Wahlberg
    1. Nihilo's Avatar
      Nihilo -
      Mark Wahlberg seems like a very nice Christian family man to me. And he's only repeating what Kurt Vonnegut said decades age, that artists don't influence politics nearly as much as many people seem to think, no matter how loudly they yell.
    1. Tambora's Avatar
      Tambora -
      Quote Originally Posted by JPPT1974 View Post
      I have not watched an awards show in like forever. But really I would only watch them for entertainment. There is a time and place for entertainment and politics. Both worlds do not mix.
      I agree. I find myself watching less and less of them because of it.
    1. Angel4Truth's Avatar
      Angel4Truth -
      He now has my respect, who cares what actors think about politics, their job is entertainment.
    1. patrick jane's Avatar
      patrick jane -
      I'm boycotting Hollywood; movies and TV -
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