Mark Wahlberg ought to have nothing to do with making or being in a movie about the Boston Marathon bombing. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, as the saying goes.
I love Mark Wahlberg, the actor. Mark Wahlberg, the person, is another story. And this is the story I am referring to (taken directly from Wikipedia) that leaves me cold on his idea to make a movie, Patriot’s Day, about the Boston Marathon bombing:
During his youth, Wahlberg was in trouble 20-25 times with the Boston Police Department. By age 13, Wahlberg had developed an addiction to cocaine and other substances. At 15, civil action was filed against him for his involvement in two separate incidents of harassing African-American children (the first were siblings, and the second incident was a group of black school children on a field trip), by throwing rocks and shouting racial epithets. At 16, Wahlberg approached a middle-aged Vietnamese man named Thanh Lam on the street and, using a large wooden stick, knocked him unconscious while calling him a “Vietnam fucking shit.” That same day Wahlberg also attacked a second Vietnamese man named Hoa “Johnny” Trinh, punching him in the face. He believed he had left his victim permanently blind in one eye. Trinh was interviewed in December 2014 by the Daily Mail, who revealed that he had already lost that eye during the Vietnam War, and did not know the identity of his assailant prior to being contacted by the media. According to court documents regarding these crimes, when Wahlberg was arrested later that night and returned to the scene of the first assault, he stated to police officers: “You don’t have to let him identify me, I’ll tell you now that’s the motherfucker who’s head I split open.” Investigators also noted that he “made numerous unsolicited racial statements about “gooks” and “slant-eyed gooks.”
For these crimes, Wahlberg was charged with attempted murder, pleaded guilty to assault and was sentenced to two years in Suffolk County Deer Island House of Correction. He ultimately served only 45 days of his sentence but carries a permanent felony record. In another incident, the 21-year-old Wahlberg fractured the jaw of a neighbor in an unprovoked attack. Commenting in 2006 on his past crimes, Wahlberg has stated: “I did a lot of things that I regret, and I have certainly paid for my mistakes.” He said the right thing to do would be to try to find the blinded man and make amends, and admitted he has not done so, but added that he was no longer burdened by guilt: “You have to go and ask for forgiveness and it wasn’t until I really started doing good and doing right by other people, as well as myself, that I really started to feel that guilt go away. So I don’t have a problem going to sleep at night. I feel good when I wake up in the morning.”
Isn’t it nice when a truly violent, hate-filled young man sees the error of his ways and turns his life around? Isn’t it nice when he is given that chance?
Many say this same opportunity will never be given to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Many say the only images we will ever see of Dzhokhar will be in movies like the one Wahlberg plans to make.
I say those who believe this – and hope for it with all their being – are wrong.
I am glad Mark Wahlberg was able to turn his life around. I am glad he has absolved himself of the guilt he deserved to carry. I am glad he sleeps well at night.
The problem is that, despite what some say, I am convinced for very good reasons that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is innocent of all charges and so – even more than Mark Wahlberg – deserves the second chance at life that Mark is currently enjoying.
If this were any other case where the guilt of the accused was proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, I would have no problem with Mr. Wahlberg and his Patriot’s Day movie idea. I know people do change.
Again from Wikipedia:
“As soon as I began that life of crime, there was always a voice in my head telling me I was going to end up in jail. Three of my brothers had done time. My sister went to prison so many times I lost count. Finally I was there, locked up with the kind of guys I’d always wanted to be like. Now I’d earned my stripes and I was just like them, and I realized it wasn’t what I wanted at all. I’d ended up in the worst place I could possibly imagine and I never wanted to go back. I had to learn to stay on the straight and narrow.”
I wonder, when Dzhokhar is proven innocent and released, how Mark is going to feel. Will he regret playing a part in promoting the corrupt official narrative? Will he donate the profits from the movie, maybe to the Tsarnaev family this time?
I doubt it. After all, Mark plans to play former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis in the movie. That tells me there are still unresolved issues of character with Mark Wahlberg; the role won’t be much of a stretch.