Mark Wahlberg watches his kids sports games from his car

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Mark Wahlberg has a new movie coming out call Joe Bell. It’s based on a true story about a dad, Wahlberg, who walks across America to raise awareness after his son took his life because he was bullied. While speaking to ET about the film, the subject turned to his kids playing sports and Wahlberg said he had to watch their games from his car. The reason, he said, was because he wants his kids to have as normal a life as possible. So, he keeps his famous face hidden and lets them have the spotlight, even though it’s hard for him not to be right there with them during their moment.

Mark Wahlberg is opening up about the reason he watches his kids’ games from the car.

While speaking to ET about his new movie, Joe Bell, the 50-year-old actor revealed that he’s trying his best to give his children a normal life. Wahlberg shares four kids — Ella, 17, Michael, 15, Brendan, 12, and Grace, 11 — with wife Rhea Durham.

“Me being in the public eye, there are pros to that, but there’s a lot of cons,” he explained. “My kids wanna have their own identity, you know? I’m not allowed to get out of the car at football practice or a game. I gotta sit in the car and watch.”

“At first I took it personally, because I wanna be there to support them, but supporting them is by making them feel comfortable in what they’re doing and them having their own identity too,” he continued. “It’s very difficult.”

[From ET]

It sounds to me like his kids kicked him off the field. Plus, some guy watching a bunch of kids playing on a field from his car is going to attract plenty of attention. Eventually someone will say, “nah, that’s just Marky Mark being all incognito and such.” I mean, I get the sentiment he’s trying to convey here and maybe folks were spending too much time trying to get him to give their script to his agent during the game, but I doubt this is how he’s letting his kids have their normal life. Especially since, as Kaiser reminded me, just a few years ago Wahlberg was telling us he’s a monster on the sidelines and his own wife won’t sit with him. So yeah, I think sitting in the car was probably less of a fatherly overture and more of a unanimous team vote to get rid of him.

Back to this movie. Who thought it was a good idea to cast Wahlberg in this role? Wahlberg told ET in his film promotion, “There’s nothing more heartbreaking than somebody who’s being bullied or picked on, or not accepted for who they are.” Oh really? I imagine Thanh Lam, whose head Wahlberg split open in an Asian hate crime, agrees. I feel so bad for the family this film is based on. They deserved better.

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  1. fluffy_bunny says:

    Where does he live? I just assumed it was a place with other high profile people so he wouldn’t stand out.. Kids banishing him is probably correct.

    • Genessee says:

      He does. He lives in Beverly Hills. He goes to my church and believe me, he doesn’t stand out.

  2. girl_ninja says:

    He’s gross. Periodt.

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah, I feel like I need a shower after seeing the photos. And I feel terrible for the family whose dad he’s portraying, too.

    • Pusspants says:

      Agreed. And he looks like an old shoe. How is this guy famous?

  3. Lola says:

    I have a mark wahlberg problem. I don’t fancy him at all, but it makes me laugh just watching and listening to him be mark wahlberg in every film he’s in. Also, I LOVE Boogie Nights. Not for him, the entire movie is gold. But as a person, I don’t like him. Hence my problem!

    • E.D says:

      I have the same problem.

      For me, it’s his soft-spoken voice that I am attracted to and even though I know in real life he’s a bit of a douche, I will watch almost any movie he is in.

  4. SShehheh says:

    Oh my god he’s playing THAT character after what he did? Good god.

  5. SarahCS says:

    My first thought anytime I see something about his is that he assaulted that poor man and this impact that had on the guys life. Now, if people do things and then genuinely repent and try to improve themselves and the world around them I am here to support but I don’t get that from him at all. He’s a terrible fit for this role.

  6. Merricat says:

    I could do without any of the Wahlbergs.

    • fluffy_bunny says:

      The mom was wonderful and the brother who is a chef seems pretty nice.

      • Merricat says:

        Great! I should say the acting Wahlbergs are without interest to me. How did mom feel about their racist thuggery?

      • fluffy_bunny says:

        @Merricat-
        Alma was a pretty devout catholic so I’m sure she felt like only God can judge them or that since they went to confession and did their penance that they’re good to go. She had 9 kids I believe and the dad skipped out if I’m recalling correctly. She was pretty tired and over it by the time Mark became famous.

      • Merricat says:

        I’m sure his victims feel that A court of law is the place where judgment happens for the living. But it’s nice that she had religion to comfort her pain.

  7. terra says:

    I’d place my money on his kids playing to his ego to get him to get the hell off the field if he really was that much of an embarrassment at their games.

    “Dad, it’s just so hard for us, all those people who want your autograph sooo badly. We just don’t know what to do about it . . .”

    If so, then more power to them. I bet the other players and parents are grateful for his new seating arrangements. I know I would be.

  8. Mcmmom says:

    Eh, I watch my kids lacrosse games from the car when it’s cold. It’s not really all that unusual. Better to do that than to be “that dad” who is on the sidelines but on his phone the entire time because they are so, so important.

    • Twin falls says:

      Yeah watching from the car would cause zero looks from other parents unless the car itself stood out.

      My son’s football team played against his son’s football tram a few years ago and he was on the sidelines. Other than my friend who had a huge crush on him pointing him out, I wouldn’t have noticed.

    • Margo says:

      I knew a Mom who would take conference calls while watching her son’s games from the car.

  9. Nev says:

    Please. Stop this.

  10. minx says:

    He’s a short, homely, beady-eyed, pockmarked guy. I have no idea how he has a career.

  11. Liz version 700 says:

    Thank you for discussing this! I saw a commercial for this movie and lost my mind! This man…THIS MAN playing a roll about bullying after beating an Asian man senseless?!? Nope just no no HELL NO!!! He is just filth period.

  12. Steph says:

    Hecate!!! I’m so glad you wrote this post! I went to the movies last night (I was the only one in the theater, it was glorious!) and this movie was one of the previews. My first thought was why the hell would they cast someone who was convicted and jailed for a crime committed bc of hate in this this role?! I can’t understand why Hollywood keeps giving this racist f*ck a pass. He may have only been jailed for what he did to Mr Lam, but that wasn’t a one off. For shits and giggles he used to throw rocks at little Black children out on school trips. This man is a monster off the field too.

  13. pottymouth pup says:

    doesn’t he also have a history that would indicate he’s a bit of a homophobe (based on his religion) too? Having him play an anti-bullying hero in a story about the father of a child who committed suicide after relentless bullying for being gay is just so wrong

  14. Normades says:

    What the h is going on in that second picture with the sleeping dude???

    Also, yes, terrible casting. He is the bully.

  15. Eh says:

    Plenty of people more famous than him are seen at their kids’ sporting events all the time. Somehow they manage.

  16. Ann says:

    He’s gross, but I can’t deny I liked the two “Ted” movies. I don’t know why, it’s not my kind of humor usually, but the teddy bear itself just made me laugh. Also, I like both Amanda Seyfried and Mila Kunis.

    Has he never addressed the issue of his racist/violent past? Never publicly apologized?

  17. Grant says:

    Anyone who loses their sh!t at a children’s sporting event needs to STFU and get therapy IMO. Also, apparently this movie is about a child who was abused and bullied for being LGBTQIA+. Doesn’t Marky Mark have a sordid history with also being violently homophobic? He sounds like he was/is a real piece of work, coming after anyone from a marginalized group. GROSS.

  18. Margo says:

    He did a horrible thing in his youth and he has apologized and accepted responsibility for his actions. Can people change? Can they grow and learn?

    • McMe says:

      He didn’t do a horrible thing. It wasn’t a one-off incident. He has a history of hate crimes including harassing and throwing rocks at black children and calling them the “N” word.

      A simple google search will provide you with a wealth of information about his past.

      He apologized to the man he was tried and convicted of committing a hate crime against and used that apology as a means to seek a pardon of his conviction; the conviction from beating a Vietnamese man almost to death with a wooden stick.

      Maybe he has changed. It’s possible. But the optics of casting him in this role are still horrible.

    • MsGnomer says:

      Part of me wants to give him some slack. Anyone here see “Good Will Hunting?” The scene where a car pulls up to a basketball court and they go.? That whole part of town was like that: everyone was brutal and broke af. My cousin was walking home near Savin Hill, and was going to get jumped, (around 1988, maybe) and Mark was a hero in that moment. That kid stopped my cousin from getting a beat down. Even if Mark is a f*cked up person, I owe him one. OFD

  19. Ry says:

    I mean. He’s probably not wrong. People see people on tv and go insane because they put them on some weird level. I never got it. It’s their job and our reaction to a job makes us a little feeble minded.
    I wonder if the dude he blinded can watch anything.
    But that’s just me. I have no fucks to give. If Marky were to do shit like that today, they would destroy him.
    But it’s a distant past so he gets to get away with it. I’m sure he’s done his catholic confessions and feels better.
    I would’ve even forgiven this dude, but the lack remorse is remarkable.
    This is the thing with catholics; go confess and you’re good.
    Yeah no