In a segment aired on the “Today’’ show over the weekend, Willie Geist joined Mark Wahlberg in South Boston. While the actor is in Dorchester shooting a new movie, “Wonderland,’’ he’s also promoting his new comedy, “Instant Family,’’ opening Nov. 16.
The movie follows a couple, Pete (Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne), after they adopt three foster children. The story is based on director Sean Anders’s experience adopting three siblings with his wife, Beth.
“I think after seeing the first couple of screenings with an audience, most of the comments were, ‘We’re going out and adopting 10 kids,’ ’’ Wahlberg told Geist. “We wanted it to be honest and we wanted it to be truthful and wanted to really kind of depict what it was like for him and his life going through that experience.’’
Wahlberg also reflected on his slightly embarrassing past as rapper Marky Mark and his decision to go into acting. (His first film was Penny Marshall’s “Renaissance Man’’ in 1994.)
“I always loved movies, I just didn’t love the idea of acting,’’ Wahlberg said. “I still had this chip on my shoulder that I was the toughest guy from Boston. Once I auditioned for that movie, I really couldn’t see me doing anything else.’’
Wahlberg’s days as Marky Mark still haunt him from time to time, most recently at his son’s football game, when “Good Vibrations’’ by Marky Mark and the Funky Boys started playing.
“My wife’s just cracking up laughing, but she’s looking at my son, who’s basically just burying his head in his helmet,’’ Wahlberg said. “I just, it’s fine for me. I don’t want to make their life any more difficult. I think my past made me something — it’s not their burden to bare.’’
Wahlberg also cleared up a few things up about his much-discussed daily workout routine, which begins at 2:30 a.m.
“I didn’t put out the schedule,’’ he clarified, although the details are all over his Instagram. “Well, somebody asked me for my schedule and I broke it down.’’
“See the shower from 6 a.m. to 7:30?’’ Wahlberg asked, pointing to the printed schedule that Geist brought out. “There’s no hour-and-a-half shower. I probably take about a five- to seven-minute shower.’’