This Friday, April 15, the film opens Father Stuwhich reflects the life of the father Stuart Long. At 50 years old, Mark Wahlberg achieves perhaps the best performance of his entire career. There, the actor puts himself in the shoes of the ecclesiastic -better known as P.Stu– a man who, through faith, decides to fight a degenerative disease that will lead to death. His fight managed to move thousands, like Wahlberg, who sought -through the film- to make Stuart’s name known to the world.
But Father Stu It is not only special for Mark professionally: during filming, the actor lost his mother. For this reason, his work is tinged with suffering and emotion, which the viewer will surely perceive when watching the film. “We can feel a little desperate, but we have each other and we are there to support each other, but it is very difficult,” says Wahlberg, in dialogue with TechMarkup.
The film could leave a lesson of faith, perseverance and connection with the supreme, so one of the most impressive phrases in the film is when God could leave you reasons to feel angry with Him. Walhberg seems to have braided his way aside more intimate and spiritual. Faith saved him from a very dark and painful life. “He gave me hope, faith, inspiration and a purpose,” she says, in the middle of the interview.
Father Stu, with Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson
Mark’s life, as it has become known, went through very delicate instances. He came to have conflicts with psychoactive substances, and distribute them when he was only 14 years old. In June 1986, at the age of 15, Walhberg and three gang member friends chased a boy, shouting “Kill the black! Kill the black!” They threw stones at him and harassed them for several days, continuously. For this criminal act, he was sued.
In 1988, also with his gang, he carried out another racial attack – physical and verbal – on Vietnamese immigrants in the United States. During the investigation it was discovered that Mark was under the influence of PCP, a drug similar to cocaine. He accepted the charges and remained in prison for 45 days, even though his sentence was two years.
Four years later, in 1992, he carried out another physical attack, this time on a neighbor, Robert Crehan, whose jaw was fractured. Finally there was a conciliation, and what happened did not reach a trial.
Later, Mark made a radical change in his behavior. From those racial attacks he went on to become a deeply spiritual man to the point that it was necessary for him to attend church and reconcile with himself. He admits that he was looking for “the wrong people to become a leader, but now I am strong enough to say no and start doing good.”
He is aware that, at the time, he was not a role model. In 2014, and with the intention of alleviating his conscience, he requested a pardon, which generated controversy: “A racist, he will always be a racist,” said one of his victims. Instead, Trihnanother of his victims, decided to publicly forgive him for “those horrifying acts.”
The actor assures that his greatest struggle was in the pandemic, since “he had not missed church for about 15 years.” “But this time I didn’t have the same connection to the church, and that really tested me: When I started saying we were going to do the movie, I went right back in.”
In Father Stu share leading role with Mel Gibson, with whom he maintains a masterful chemistry: they had already tried him in a Christmas comedy. But now, the two experience a sublime feeling about faith. “It was very different because before we went for laughs. This time he understood the struggles of Bill (Long, Stuart’s dad). I think it was the best performance Gibson has given in a long time.Wahlberg considered.