Here’s why Mark Wahlberg won’t be at the 2018 Super Bowl

Last year the Dorchester native left the Super Bowl early.

Mark Wahlberg Super Bowl
Actor Mark Wahlberg looks on prior to Super Bowl 51 between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. –Patrick Smith/Getty Image

Mark Wahlberg won’t leave the Super Bowl early this year like he did in 2017. That’s because he won’t be there at all.

The Dorchester native is busy filming “Mile 22,” a new movie directed by frequent collaborator Peter Berg (“Patriots Day,” “Deepwater Horizon,” “Lone Survivor”) in South America. According to IMDb Pro, “Mile 22” is about an “elite American intelligence officer,” who, along with a “top-secret tactical command unit” attempts to help “a mysterious police officer with sensitive information” sneak out of Colombia.

Wahlberg posted a video on Instagram from Bogota, Colombia, on Saturday, posing with Berg, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos, and Santos’s son Esteban. In the caption, Wahlberg noted that he would be “working all weekend.”


Before the Patriots completed their incredible comeback agains the Atlanta Falcons in the 2017 Super Bowl, Wahlberg was spotted leaving NRG Stadium with his wife and their two sons. Wahlberg initially said on Instagram his youngest son “wasn’t feeling well,” but later specified that the child was having a meltdown when the Patriots were losing.

“He was spitting out F-bombs and going crazy,” Wahlberg told Men’s Health. “It was bad. He was lying down on the carpet. He was very upset.”

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