Most memorable Boston-boy quote: Mark Wahlberg
Boston-born Mark Wahlberg, formerly known as Marky Mark, was in the news a number of times in 2012. There were positive headlines regarding the announcement that he would try to finish his high school diploma requirements through an online course offered by the Boston public school system, and more about the success of his most recent film, “Ted,” but there was also a lot of negative attention given to a particular quote, which Wahlberg gave during a “Men’s Journal” interview.
Wahlberg sat down with a writer from the magazine to promote his film “Contraband,” released in January, and the tone of the interview wasn’t going in a direction of which he approved, he later said. He attempted to redirect the questioning, which got him into further hot water.
The interviewer asked Wahlberg how he felt after learning that he had been scheduled as a passenger on one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
“If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn’t have went down like it did. There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, ‘OK, we’re going to land somewhere safely, don’t worry.’”
Wahlberg talked to WPLJ-95.5 and discussed the incident and how it got out of hand:
“I’ve got this journalist who’s asking all the questions, and I’m trying to promote a movie and he’s asking me, you know, about sex and this and that and I’m like, dude, I’ve got a wife and four kids and this is not appropriate. ... It wasn’t a Q&A, it wasn’t like all of a sudden I decided I was going to get on this soap box and talk about my opinion about 9/11. I was there to talk about the movie.”
Wahlberg later issued an apology when he told TMZ:
“To speculate about such a situation is ridiculous to begin with,” adding, “I deeply apologize to the families of the victims that my answer came off as insensitive, it was certainly not my intention.”
Did he redeem himself?
Pictured: Wahlberg arrived at the premiere for "Ted" in Los Angeles.