Tuesday 12 December 2017

Wahlberg gets star on Walk of Fame

Mark Wahlberg receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (AP)
Mark Wahlberg receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (AP)

Mark Wahlberg has been enshrined in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The 39-year-old was presented with a star on Hollywood Boulevard's famed pavement monument.

Will Ferrell, who stars with Wahlberg in the action-comedy The Other Guys being released next week, was on hand for the ceremony.

The comedian got in a couple of digs. "I'm glad to be here," Ferrell said. "I first became a fan of Mark's when I bought his workout video. And I love all your 'Bourne' movies." The "Bourne" films star Matt Damon, not Wahlberg.

Wahlberg first gained fame in the 1980s and '90s with the group New Kids on the Block, then quit to form Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.

That was followed by a ubiquitous ad campaign featuring him in Calvin Klein underwear.

He then turned to acting and came to prominence with his role as Dirk Diggler in 1997's Boogie Nights. Wahlberg got a supporting actor Academy Award nomination in 2006 for The Departed.

His wife and four young children were on hand for the ceremony. "I'm so happy my kids are sitting through this," Wahlberg said. "When I heard I was getting this star, I felt like it was a practical joke."

His other movie credits include Four Brothers, 'Three Kings, The Perfect Storm, The Italian Job, Invincible, The Basketball Diaries, Fear, Shooter, Max Payne, The Lovely Bones, Planet of the Apes, The Happening, We Own the Night and Date Night.

Wahlberg has also added a behind-the-scenes role to his resume - he's an executive producer of the HBO series Entourage, In Treatment, How to Make It In America and Boardwalk Empire.

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