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Charity to benefit from Wahlberg movie premiere tonight in Hingham

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  July 30, 2013 10:31 AM

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In what's becoming something of a tradition at the Hingham Shipyard, as Mark Wahlberg will launch his latest movie tonight in Hingham.

Wahlberg will appear with Bill Paxton for the premiere for their movie “2 GUNS.” Wahlberg has flashed his smile at three other movies screenings at the Hingham Shipyard, “The Other Guys,” “The Fighter,” and “Broken City.”

The movie screening is open only to family and friends; however, the public is invited to the red carpet event prior to the screening at 6 p.m.

Though many in Hingham are excited by the Hollywood glamour of the red carpet events, Mark's brother Paul Wahlberg said the local screenings are more about helping charity.

“It’s bringing the awareness of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation … at the end of the day, it’s all about the kids,” Wahlberg said. “We’re trying to send kids to summer camp, Mark’s foundation is trying to buy things for kids in school.”

The mission of the foundation is to improve the quality of life for inner city youth, and the screenings have been successful in raising money in the past, Wahlberg said.

Alongside raising awareness for charity, Wahlberg said the screenings bring some attention to the shipyard's businesses.

It’s a benefit of having a movie theater besides two of Paul Wahlberg’s restaurants, Wahlburgers and Alma Nove, but don't change the mission of the eateries.

“Obviously, I’m very proud of the success my brothers have had, but I’m a cook, first and foremost,” Wahlberg said. “That’s what I’m about, customer experience in the restaurant. These things are great bonus to the restaurant, but if you come on Wednesday after the event, you still have to be taken care of.”

Previous premieres have bounced between either restaurants. This time, family and friends attending “2 GUNS” will be mingling at Alma Nove.

Wahlberg said the restaurant will be closed to the public from 3 to 7:30 p.m. tonight for the premiere. Once everyone heads off to the movie, the restaurant will open back up for dinner.

In an irony known only to those behind the scenes of Hollywood glamour, Wahlberg said he won’t be able to make the movie screening himself.

“I’m still going to be on the stove after everyone goes off to the movie … I don’t have time [to see it tomorrow]. I have yet to see one movie at these premiers. I’ve seen the movies after,” Wahlberg said.

Mark also rarely gets to stay for the entire film, Wahlberg said.

“He’ll catch a bit of the movie, but he’s on the plane going back to work,” Wahlberg said.

To see a trailer for "2 GUNS," click here.

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