Money talks for Marky Mark

Money talks for Marky Mark
In 2 Guns, actor Mark Wahlberg plays a law enforcement agent, who is on the run from a drug organisation, with co-star Denzel Washington.

Mark Wahlberg has come a long way since he erupted onto the international music scene fronting Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch, which had a hit with Good Vibrations in 1991.

More than 20 years later, he is a bona fide Hollywood star, and a film and TV producer to boot, invariably cringing when reminded of his poptastic heyday.

While promoting his latest film - the action buddy movie 2 Guns, which opens in Singapore tomorrow - he ponders what it would take for him to assume the Marky Mark persona again.

"It'd take a lot of money," he says with a laugh.

"Seriously, a lot of money. I said somewhere jokingly that I was going to come back and people took me seriously. Then I got all these phone calls and I thought, 'You know what, if there was the right cause and the right atmosphere, maybe I would perform again.'

"I'd like it with no cameras and none of these iPhones, none of that stuff around, but for a special cause or something, I would consider it."

Wahlberg, 41, is a charitable guy - he established the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation in 2001, for example - and a family man with a wife, former model Rhea Durham, and four children.

He was not always this wholesome. He had largely cleaned up his act by the time he found fame with the Funky Bunch, but even then he lived a fast lifestyle.

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